Local Airspace Safety

In recent years, City Airport & Heliport is pleased to support the ‘Local Airspace Infringement Team’. The aims of the team is to help improve airspace safety in the Manchester and North West area by reducing infringements of controlled airspace, reviewing airspace requirements, VRP’s and local procedures, to ensure that the airspace can be managed effectively and appropriately to accommodate all types of flying including microlights, gliders, helicopters, emergency services, military and commercial aircraft.

The team meets approximately once a quarter and its members consists of controllers from Manchester, Liverpool and Hawarden Airport, FISO’s from City Airport, commercial pilot representation and CFI’s from a number of Flying Schools in the North West area.

Iniatives from the Local Airspace Infringement Team and NATS (Manchester) in recent years have included;

  • Development of a Low Level Route Briefing Guide
  • Implementation of the Low Level Route Listening Squawk
  • Display of Airspace advisory signs at airfield holding points
  • Return of Class D Airspace to class G around the Manchester Control Zone.
  • Joint ATC and AFIS presentations, including supporting GASCo Safety Evenings with additional material.
  • Pre-arranged visits to Manchester ATC

Airspace and RTF Workshops

We run a number of Airspace awareness and RTF workshops for free at City Airport during the Summer months.  These are designed to give pilots a chance to discuss and learn best practice, all of which will help improve your skills as a pilot.  To register your interest please register here.

Airspace Awareness Poster and Cards

With both NATS (Manchester) and the Manchester Airport Group we have jointly produced an airspace awareness psoter and useful tips cards.

Click below to download these as a PDF.

As part of City Airport’s commitment to supporting the objectives of the ‘LAIT’ initiative, the City Airport team put together a video to demonstrate how the appropriate use of GPS, and listening squawks can assist controllers in resolving a simple infringement before it develops into a more serious situation.

The video was featured at a Safety Evening Presentation and was produced with the generous assistance of NATS Manchester and Mainair Flying School. As part of the recognition of the efforts to reduce infringements, City Airport and Mainair Flying School were awarded the NATS Infringement Award.

More details about Airspace Safety can be found at the Fly on Track website – www.flyontrack.co.uk

See also NATS – Why airspace infringements have potential to impact all of us




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