You asked, and here are the rea­sons for in­fringe­ment

Pilot - - AIRMAIL - Stu­art Lind­sey, Man­ager, Airspace Reg­u­la­tion, CAA

Philip Simp­son (‘Tell us the rea­sons for in­fringe­ment’, Air­mail, Oc­to­ber) asks if we can share with GA the main rea­sons for in­fringe­ments to en­able pi­lots to help re­duce in­ci­dents. For quite a few years the anal­y­sis of the re­ports that pi­lots com­plete post an in­fringe­ment has been avail­able at fly­on­track. Th­ese con­sis­tently tell us that the top rea­sons for in­fringe­ments are: 1. pi­lots misiden­ti­fy­ing land­marks/ground fea­tures 2. pi­lots be­ing dis­tracted 3. pi­lots not plan­ning cor­rectly 4. pi­lots mis­read­ing maps 5. pi­lot com­pla­cency/ac­tions The three most com­mon ‘lessons learned’ iden­ti­fied by pi­lots are to make bet­ter use of ATC, im­prove their flight plan­ning and book some in­struc­tion (pri­mar­ily on nav­i­ga­tion). Our work to help re­duce in­fringe­ments has pri­mar­ily been based around this anal­y­sis and has been used by GASCO in its safety evenings, our own ed­u­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als (avail­able at airspace­ and our pres­ence at events like Aeroexpo and the Fly­ing Show.

We have also re­cently shared a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of oc­cur­rence re­ports on in­fringe­ments with the GA as­so­ci­a­tions work­ing with us to com­bat in­fringe­ments to see if they have any fur­ther in­sights or anal­y­sis. The GA com­mu­nity is in­volved in each of the new lo­cal airspace in­fringe­ment teams that are look­ing at all so­lu­tions to re­duce in­fringe­ments in some of the most af­fected pieces of airspace. The lo­cal knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence of th­ese GA mem­bers will be key in this work.

And we are al­ways happy to dis­cuss ways to re­duce in­fringe­ments. In Septem­ber, I met with a GA pi­lot at White Waltham who had con­tacted us on the is­sue, and we’re present at all the ma­jor GA events.

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