[UPDATED] Today the AIP for the reclassification of the London CTR was published, marking
56 days 28 days until the change comes into effect.
For those who may have missed the news, in May we announced that the CAA had approved our request to reclassify the London Control Zone – the airspace around Heathrow Airport – from class A to class D airspace.
With the upcoming introduction of SERA – the standardised European Rules of the Air – VFR and SVFR traffic will be barred from entering Class A airspace at the end of the year. In order to maintain access for the GA community, while ensuring a safe and efficient environment for commercial air traffic, NATS has sponsored the change to Class D.
The change will occur on 18 September and from today you can read about all the details, but in the meantime here are the…
Top five things you need to know:
1. On 18 September 2014 the London CTR will change from Class A to Class D airspace, matching the other major London airports.
2. You will always need to ask for ATC clearance to enter the control zone.
3. The London CTR is the busiest piece of airspace in the UK. NATS may be able to offer you an ATC traffic service, but it will always be subject to workload and clearance.
4. Access to the airspace immediately around Heathrow Airport – referred to as the ‘Inner Area’ – will be restricted via PPR (Prior Permission Required) by telephone. Unless you really need to fly inside the ‘Inner Area’, you should plan to route around it.
5. The London CTR will be a Transponder Mandatory Zone (TMZ) with Mode S required.
If you have any questions about the changes or why they’re happening, leave a comment and I’ll do my best to find the answers for you.
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