City Airport and Heliport, together with one of our based operators, Mainair Flying School, has been recognised by NATS the UK’s leading provider of Air Traffic Management services, for the work we undertake in cutting pilot incursions in to controlled airspace.
The nomination was made by the NATS air traffic team at Manchester Airport, which has worked closely with ourselves and Mainair Flying School since 2006. The nomination cites that
Both City Airport and Mainair Flying School have gone above and beyond to help their pilots avoid accidentally entering controlled airspace, something that is both a safety risk and can cause major disruption to commercial air traffic.
City Airport’s operations team has run safety events for pilots and is working with NATS to reduce the risk of infringements in the future.
Nick Duriez, City Airport and Heliport’s Airport Operations Manager said:
We are delighted to be in receipt of this award. With our proximity to controlled airspace we are always keen to work with our NATS neighbours at Manchester Airport. We’ve built a strong working relationship through various initiatives including working with the Local Airspace Safety Team and raising awareness with our local general aviation community
Mainair Flying School offers its pilots special briefings on the use of GPS equipment and navigation, while those that do infringe are offered extra training, with the lessons learnt then shared with other flying schools.
Chris Copple, Chief Flying Instructor or Mainair Flying School added:
We felt privileged working with NA TS and City Airport in being able to help with efforts to reduce the number of airspace infringements. By teaching students and pilots awareness when flying close to controlled airspace and good navigation planning we can significantly reduce infringement numbers.
The airport and flying school also collaborated to create a video of a staged infringement as a means of highlighting best practice for pilots. The video, seen below and which can be viewed online here, was flown using two EV97 Eurostar aircraft which Mainair kindly provided for the filming and was crewed by two Flight Information Service Officers from City Airports Air Traffic team.
Jonathan Smith, NATS Infringements Lead said:
There are a number of practical and low cost initiatives that can be introduced to mimimise the risk of infringements, just as City Airport and Mainair have done.
It’s great to be able to recognise their work in protecting their own pilots and those operating in controlled airspace.
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