Airspace & Safety Initiative



Highlighting infringement hotspots: Warwick
The third in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known ‘hot-spots’ focusses on preventing infringements in the vicinity of Warwick.
This update has been written by members of the Midlands Local Airspace Infringement Team (LAIT): Birmingham Airport Air Traffic Limited, the Flight Information Service Officers at Coventry Airport and Wellesbourne Mountford Aerodrome.
Dated: November 2019

Preventing airspace infringements around the Manchester low-level route
The second in a series of narratives focusing on identified infringement ‘hot-spots’ in the UK has been published on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website.
This infringement update has been written by members of the Northwest Local Airspace Infringement Team (LAIT): NATS Manchester; ATCSL, Liverpool; Barton Aerodrome; and Ravenair, Liverpool Airport.
Dated: October 2019

Infringement updates: Highlighting known ‘hotspots’
The first in a series to highlight known ‘hotspots’ focuses on the southwestern corner of the London Control Zone (CTR) in the vicinity of Bagshot.
Dated: October 2019

Infringement update: Textbook application of an FMC
New infringement report published on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website shows how the textbook application of an FMC allowed the early resolution of an airspace infringement in a busy volume of airspace.
Dated: September 2019

Infringement update: Birmingham CTA/CTR
59% of reported Birmingham CTA/CTR infringements so far this year have been inside CTA2, the Control Area immediately to the south of the CTR.
Main causal factors and a reminder of tips to avoid infringing CTA2 now published.
Dated: August 2019

Infringement update: RAF Syerston ATZ infringement
On 3 July 2019, a pilot pleaded guilty to an airspace infringement of the RAF Syerston Aerodrome Traffic Zone in November 2018. The pilot was ordered to pay over £3,200 in fines.
Dated: July 2019

Infringement Coordination Group decisions
The CAA has published decisions from the Infringement Coordination Group’s review of infringement Mandatory Occurrence Reports under CAP1404, the review and actions process for airspace infringements. Course of action, number and a short summary will be published monthly.
Reported infringements from May are also available in the 2019 table.
Dated: June 2019

Airspace infringements: April figures and moving map tips
Figures for reported infringements in April are now available.
Dated: June 2019

Frequency Monitoring Codes: Updated squawk guidance
Updated Frequency Monitoring Code/Squawk guidance from the Airspace Infringement Working Group has been published on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website.
This new content covers the who, what, why and how – along with a downloadable Frequency Monitoring Code area map and squawk/frequency card.
Dated: April 2019

Airspace infringements: March figures and pre-flight planning
A breakdown of reported infringements in March is now available on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website.
Updated resources on preparing R/T transmissions for transit and flying within an ATZ have also been added under Pre-flight planning.
Dated: April 2019

Squawk and LARS cards
Frequency Monitoring Code and Lower Airspace Radar Service cards are now available from the Airspace & Safety Initiative website.
Dated: April 2019

Airspace infringements: February figures and controller’s stories
February saw 78 reported airspace infringements. A breakdown of figures is now available: Airspace & Safety Initiative – Facts, stats and incidents
NATS have published the first in a series of controller’s stories.
Amanda Rhodes, NATS air traffic controller at Swanwick Centre, talks about her experience with airspace infringements: Airspace Infringement Series: A controller’s story
Dated: April 2019

January infringement statistics now published
Airspace infringement statistics for January 2019 are now available.
In January the Infringement Coordination Group provisionally suspended the licences of two pilots – one due to repeat infringements and one due to safety matters. An additional 21 pilots were referred to attend the Airspace Infringement Awareness Course.
Dated: March 2019

Airspace infringement statistics update
Reported airspace infringement figures for 2018 are now available. These latest statistics are compared to 2017
Dated: February 2019

Infringement update: Causal factor analysis
Analysis of airspace infringement reports from 2017 has shown that that correct use of a moving map could have helped avoid 85% of airspace infringements.
Occurrence reports from private pilots were assessed against four key measures that could have helped prevent the infringement or reduced its impact on other air traffic or controllers.
The report was carried out by a sub-group of the CAA’s Airspace Infringement Working Group, made up of three experienced General Aviation pilots.
Read the full report: Causal Factor Analysis of Airspace Infringements 2017 
Latest infringement statistics showing total reported infringements for 2017 and 2018 are now available
Dated: January 2019

Airspace & Safety Initiative update: Hawarden RMZ
Details of Hawarden RMZ infringements and how to avoid them now available at
See Infringement updates for more information.
Dated: January 2019

Airspace & Safety Initiative update: Solent rules
Solent LAIT ‘Golden Rules’ for avoiding airspace infringements are now available.
Dated: November 2018

Airspace infringement statistics update
Latest infringement statistics plus details of Barton ATZ Infringements and how to avoid them.
Latest infringement statistics
Barton ATZ infringments and how to avoid them
Dated: November 2018

Birmingham airspace infringments and how to avoid them
Details on Birmingham airspace infringements and how to avoid them now available.
Dated: November 2018

Alert for airspace infringement statistics 
Statistics of reported annual airspace infringements as of 30 September 2018 are now available