Changes to process for mobile network development

Government changes to notification processes have effectively removed the opportunity for aerodrome consultation on extensions to existing mobile masts where the extension is up to 5m in height. Telecom Code Operators are required to ‘notify’ aerodrome operators, but not to act on any objections.

Aerodrome operators should be mindful that a telecom mast extension may appear without prior warning. You should conduct a safeguarding assessment and put in place appropriate mitigations to ensure aviation safety is not compromised.

We would also be interested to learn of any situations where this has occurred – in such circumstances please contact asddocs@caa.co.uk.

SW2016/159