LOCAL AIRSPACE SAFETY
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.
Initiatives 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 Manchester Radar Frequency Monitoring Squawk (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
Development of 'Take 2' Initiative
Pro-Active reviews of local area VRPs
Implementation of Barton Conspictuity Squawk
A joint CAA, NATS, AOA, GA and MoD initiative to tackle major safety risks in UK airspace.
NATS - Why airspace infringements have the potential to impact all of us.
Airspace Awareness Poster, Cards and Take 2 Initiative
With both NATS (Manchester) and the Manchester Airport Group we have jointly produced an airspace awareness poster and useful tips cards.
The North West LAIT has also produced a 'Take2' Initiative.
Click below to download these.
A project designed to make flying safer, more efficient and more enjoyable, with helpful guides on VRP's and local landmarks.
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.