English Channel airspace restrictions
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