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Pilots infringe Aerodrome Traffic Zone at City Airport Manchester 23 times in 2018

 

The Aerodrome Traffic Zone which keeps planes flying safe has been infringed 23 times so far this year up to November 2nd.

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Analysis has shown the main causal factor to be a lack of understanding by pilots as to their responsibilities prior to recovery to the aerodrome or whilst intending to transit through the Aerodrome Traffic Zone.

The Aerodrome Traffic Zone which is established to protect aircraft during critical stages of flight such as take off and landing. Failure of the commander to obtain information from the flight information centre to enable the flight to be conducted safely within the aerodrome traffic zone not only compromises flight safety but is a breach of Rule 11 of The Rules of the Air 2015.

Rule 1 in full: This rule applies in relation to such aerodromes described below:

  • A Government aerodrome. At such times as are notified.
  • An aerodrome having an air traffic control unit flight information service centre.During the notified hours of watch of the air traffic control unit or the flight
    information service centre.
  • A national licensed aerodrome or an EASA certificated aerodrome having an air/ground communications service unit with aircraft.During the notified hours of watch of the air/ground communications service unit.
  • An aircraft must not fly, take off or land within the aerodrome traffic zone of an aerodrome unless the commander of the aircraft has complied with paragraphs (3), (4) or (5), as appropriate.
  •  If the aerodrome has an air traffic control unit the commander must obtain the permission of that unit to enable the flight to be conducted safely within the aerodrome traffic zone.
  •  If the aerodrome provides a flight information service the commander must obtain information from the flight information centre to enable the flight to be conducted safely within the Aerodrome Traffic Zone.
  •  If there is no flight information centre at the aerodrome the commander must obtain information from the air/ground communication service to enable the flight to be conducted safely within the aerodrome traffic zone.
  • The commander of an aircraft flying within the aerodrome traffic zone of an aerodrome must—

(a) cause a continuous watch to be maintained on the appropriate radio frequency notified for communications at the aerodrome.
(b) if this is not possible, cause a watch to be kept for such instructions as may be issued by visual means.
(c) if the aircraft is fitted with means of communication by radio with the ground,
communicate the aircraft’s position and height to the air traffic control unit, the flight
information centre or the air/ground communications service unit at the aerodrome (as the case may be) on entering the aerodrome traffic zone and immediately prior to leaving it.

All operators are to ensure that they are familiar with Rule 11 above and the activation times of the ATZ prior to operating in/in the vicinity of such airspace.

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