johnm wrote:The most important issue here is that the Court took the view that Lasham's criticism of the process was sufficiently well based to create an arguable legal case. This has profound implications for the CAA's approach to airspace allocation and management.
It behoves us all to pump whatever we can afford into the fighting fund in a display of enlightened self interest.
I agree, there is an important point here. We have two busy GA airfields, so there ought to be a balance between them, rather than favouring the needs of one over the other.
As a comparison with TAG figures, for 2017 Lasham reported gliding statistics were 15,283 winch launches and 8,459 Aero-tow launches.
In "movement" terms (as i understand it) one winch launch is 2 movements, and an A/T is 4 movements (Tug and Glider), so that is over 64,000 movements per year. This ignores Jets landing for maintenance, TMG flying and the odd light aircraft, glider or helicopter visiting or based there.
Of course a very small number of glider flights land elsewhere but given an average or 260-300 flying days a year (due to weather) that's over 200 movements/flying day on average, although of course with major variations through the year.