You asked, and here are the reasons for infringement
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. co.uk 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 airspacesafety.com) 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.