How to keep safe and le­gal in the Solent area

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Mem­bers of the Solent Lo­cal Airspace In­fringe­ment Team (LAIT) have drawn up ‘10 Golden Rules’ of good ad­vice to help pi­lots avoid in­fring­ing no­ti­fied airspace. Since 2015, lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions that in­clude Bournemout­h, Good­wood, Old Sarum, RAF Odi­ham, Popham, Solent and Southamp­ton aero­dromes, and the Aero­drome Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, CAA and NATS, have been work­ing to re­duce the num­ber of airspace in­fringe­ments in Southamp­ton/ Solent con­trolled airspace, and have pub­lished ad­vice writ­ten by an ac­tive GA pi­lot that is based not only on good prac­tice but also on many of the causal fac­tors which lead to airspace in­fringe­ments. The airspace around Southamp­ton Air­port re­mains one of the most in­fringed in the UK, with more than sixty in­ci­dents in a re­cent twelve­month pe­riod.

LAIT says: ‘Hotspots in­clude the CTAS to the north and south due to pi­lots fly­ing too high, or on the wrong al­time­ter set­ting. Cau­tion must be taken when fly­ing along the Solent (CTA-2 base 2,000ft Solent QNH) or in the vicin­ity of Winch­ester (CTR ex­tend­ing from the sur­face up­wards, CTA-1 base 1,500ft Solent QNH and CTA-3 base 2,000ft Solent QNH) and in the vicin­ity of New Al­res­ford (CTA-3 base 2,000ft Solent QNH and CTA-5 base 2,500ft Solent QNH). It of­fers these tips, many of which can ap­ply when fly­ing any­where in UK airspace:

Check NOTAM be­fore fly­ing at use an ef­fi­cient method such as ‘nar­row route brief’ and make best use of ‘saved brief­ings’, which can be re-run at later dates to cut down check­ing time, or use a com­mer­cial prod­uct like Sky­de­mon

Re­stric­tions of Fly­ing: planned re­stric­tions are is­sued as Air In­for­ma­tion Cir­cu­lars on ais.

For check­ing just prior to flight tel: 0500 354802 will give the very lat­est sit­u­a­tion

Mil­i­tary Airspace: there’s a lot of it in the area – RAF Odi­ham, Mid­dle Wal­lop, Boscombe Down – with busy in­stru­ment ap­proach train­ing and ex­er­cise ar­eas. Keep a keen eye open and mon­i­tor use­ful fre­quen­cies such as Boscombe or Farn­bor­ough LARS

Con­trolled Airspace: lo­cal VFR guides are avail­able for many Con­trol Ar­eas and Zones in the UK, in­clud­ing Solent. Did you know there are nu­mer­ous ‘airspace guides’ writ­ten (usu­ally) by con­trollers who are hobby pi­lots too in their spare time? They con­tain lo­cal ad­vice, charts, and usu­ally good aerial photos of lo­cal fea­tures to help you stay on the cor­rect route­ing

Avoid ‘Hot Spots’: there are cer­tain key ar­eas to avoid or think care­fully about such as north­east of the Solent Zone near New Al­res­ford and north-west near Chilbolton and Far­ley Farm. Watch your al­ti­tude along the Solent and re­mem­ber to use the lo­cal (Southamp­ton) QNH

Tran­sit Routes: if your route passes through a zone, plan a zone tran­sit, think­ing about your route­ing in re­la­tion to the ac­tive run­way align­ment. You are much more likely to get a cross­ing ap­proved over the run­way if your track is per­pen­dic­u­lar to rather than aligned with it

Have a ‘Plan B’ when plan­ning a route which may cross Con­trolled Airspace, in case they can’t ac­com­mo­date you. If you wish to tran­sit Con­trolled Airspace, think about what you need to say in ad­vance and call the ap­pro­pri­ate ATC unit ten miles or five min­utes from the airspace bound­ary. De­cide where you’ll use Plan B if a clear­ance is not pos­si­ble. It’s eas­ier to get around airspace from a few miles out than to do so close to the bound­ary. Re­mem­ber it may re­sult in a longer jour­ney

Ra­dio calls: think be­fore you trans­mit. Us­ing the cor­rect ra­dio phrase­ol­ogy helps air traf­fic con­trollers help you, and sounds and is more pro­fes­sional! A handy free re­minder knee­board insert is avail­able from the CAA or the Fly On Track web­site. It will help you form any re­quest for a zone cross­ing by giv­ing you a tem­plate for your ra­dio call. The ex­am­ple shown is more or less the reply to ‘pass your mes­sage’ for things like ask­ing for a Ba­sic Ser­vice as well as an Area or Zone Tran­sit

A spe­cific clear­ance is needed to en­ter or cross Con­trolled Airspace. The in­struc­tion ‘Standby’, a transpon­der squawk, or even the pro­vi­sion of any type of ser­vice is not an ATC clear­ance. Nor is the use of the Lis­ten­ing Squawk (7011 for Solent, 0011 for Bournemout­h, 4572 for Farn­bor­ough West). An in­struc­tion to ‘Re­main Out­side Con­trolled Airspace’ on the first reply from ATC does not mean your tran­sit is re­fused, it merely re­minds you not to en­ter un­til a for­mal clear­ance and route­ing are agreed

Why not keep in mind ‘TAKE 2’? Stay two miles from the edge of Con­trolled Airspace and keep 200ft below.

For more in­for­ma­tion, hints, tips and down­load­able tem­plates, visit:

Use­ful ad­vice: stay 2nm from Con­trolled Airspace and keep 200ft below

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