English Chan­nel airspace re­stric­tions

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From 2 May un­til 30 Au­gust airspace re­stric­tions and a tem­po­rary dan­ger area (TDA) have been es­tab­lished over the English Chan­nel to ac­com­mo­date a large Skel­dar V-200 re­motely pi­loted air­craft (RPA) that is con­duct­ing at­mo­spheric re­search.

It is be­ing op­er­ated on be­half of the Euro­pean Mar­itime Safety Agency to sur­vey emis­sions from ships pass­ing through the Chan­nel. The re­stricted airspace (see graphic) has been es­tab­lished un­der French law, as the four ar­eas fall within French ter­ri­to­rial airspace, and the TDA, which lies within high seas airspace in the Lon­don FIR. The French AIS will de­ac­ti­vate ei­ther the north re­gion re­stric­tions (R402 and R403) or south (R401 and EG D098) when not in use. This will al­low lower than 1,500ft tran­sits be­tween the UK and France.

Tom Grat­ton, the CAA’S Airspace Reg­u­la­tor for Un­manned Air­craft Sys­tems, ex­plains: “We have worked closely with our coun­ter­parts in France to fol­low the prin­ci­ples of the Flex­i­ble Use of Airspace and re­duce the im­pact on VFR traf­fic by putting in place an airspace struc­ture that al­lows the dif­fer­ent re­stric­tions to be turned off and on as they are used by the RPA. Pi­lots are re­minded to brief thor­oughly when cross­ing the English Chan­nel and to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with both na­tions’ NOTAM and the French law associated with airspace re­stric­tions.”

Don't for­get to check the re­stric­tions be­fore you plan your sum­mer trip over the English Chan­nel

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