Airspace & Safety Initiative update: Solent rules
The Solent LAIT membership has formulated its ’10 Golden Rules’ of good advice to help pilots avoid infringing notified airspace. The Team’s membership is cross-industry from not only Southampton Airport and its ANSP but also from GA, commercial and military aerodromes in the Southampton area and GA pilots. Whilst the team focusses on measures to reduce airspace infringements in Southampton/Solent controlled airspace, the advice given in this paper can be translated across the entire country.
Written by an active GA pilot, the advice given is based not only on good practice but also on many of the causal factors which lead to airspace infringements. The airspace around Southampton Airport remains one of the most infringed in the United Kingdom with over 60 airspace infringements in the past 12 months.
Hotspots include the CTAs to the north and south due to pilots flying too high (or on the wrong altimeter setting). Caution must be taken when flying along the Solent (CTA-2 base 2000 feet Solent QNH) or in the vicinity of Winchester (CTR extending from the surface upwards, CTA-1 base 1500 feet Solent QNH and CTA-3 base 2000 feet Solent QNH) and in the vicinity of New Alresford (CTA-3 base 2000 feet Solent QNH and CTA-5 base 2500 feet Solent QNH).
The Golden Rules flyer offers great advice.