UK Airprox Board (UKAB) responsibilities
- Providing impartial, professional and timely assessments to the highest standards on providing impartial, professional and timely assessments to the highest standards on risk and contributory factors for all Airprox reported in UK airspace;
- Making Safety Recommendations when appropriate, aimed at reducing the likelihood of a recurrence of any given Airprox event;
- Communicating the findings set out in UKAB's formal Reports to the widest possible audience in the UK’s civil and military flying operation centres and air traffic control units;
- Delivering presentations on the UKAB and its work to civil and military aviation audiences and influential groups associated with the aviation community; and
- Identifying, analysing and alerting the CAA and the Ministry of Defence to the prime contributory factors of Airprox.
A UK Airprox Board Factsheet is available.
The Airprox Board
Board Members together form a team of highly experienced practitioners with first-hand civil and military ‘know how’ on Air Traffic Control disciplines; Commercial Air Transport (CAT) and General Aviation (GA) rotary, fixed wing and glider flying and military flying undertaken by the RN, Army, the RAF and UK-based USAF aircraft.
Board Members are selected for acknowledged expertise in their particular field of aviation. Members are nominated by civil/ military organisations, sitting as experts in their own right and not representing any group or organisation.
Advisors attend Board meetings to provide expert advice on their particular specialisation. Advisors from areas such as the CAA's Airspace Regulatory, Flight Operations and Air Traffic Services Investigations teams, the Ministry of Defence's Military Aviation Authority (MAA), Military ATC Operations specialists, and NATS attend the Board routinely, whilst those from other associations and agencies come along as and when their specialist knowledge is required.
The Director UKAB chairs the Board and leads the Secretariat, thereby providing a managerial link between the two teams. The current Director learned to fly at 16 under the RAF Flying Scholarship scheme and obtained her private pilot's license shortly after turning 17. She graduated with an Honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Bristol University, throughout which time she was an active member of Bristol University Air Squadron. She joined the RAF as a pilot in 1996 and was posted to 47 Sqn on the C130K Hercules in 1999. As a captain and specialist tactical instructor, most of her operational flying career was spent in Afghanistan and Iraq flying both the C130K and J models. The ubiquitous role of the C130 Hercules also allowed her to build a varied portfolio of global flying experience stretching to all continents apart from Antarctica. Various staff and command tours followed including a tour as Officer Commanding of 30 Sqn RAF. Her last tour in The Service was as the Director of the RAF Division at the Defence Academy of the UK (Shrivenham) where she was responsible for the post graduate military education of all officers up to and including the rank of Sqn Leader.
UKAB business plan & concept of operation
The UKAB 2014/15 Business Plan & Concept of Operation document provides details of the UKAB's mandate, current operating model and planned development activities over the next years. This document will be updated as future plans and concepts mature.
UKAB Board meeting dates
|Wednesday 19 January||Wednesday 11 January|
|Wednesday 16 February||Wednesday 8 February|
|Wednesday 23 March||Wednesday 15 March|
|Wednesday 27 April||Wednesday 26 April|
|Wednesday 25 May||Wednesday 24 May|
|Wednesday 22 June||Wednesday 21 June|
|Wednesday 20 July||Wednesday 19 July|
|No meeting in August||No meeting in August|
|Wednesday 14 September||Wednesday 13 September|
|Wednesday 12 October||Wednesday 11 October|
|Wednesday 9 November||Wednesday 8 November|
|Wednesday 7 December||Wednesday 6 December|