Chart changes to help cut airspace infringements in Birmingham Control Terminal
In a bid to reduce the growing number of infringements of controlled airspace around Birmingham Airport, the CAA and air traffic service provider, NATS, have agreed to amend the CAA 1:500k VFR chart depicting the area.
Evidence reveals that a number of general aviation pilots inadvertently infringed the area to the south of the airport because they failed to identify the correct vertical limits of Birmingham CTA. The CAA-NATS initiative aims to ‘de-clutter’ the chart and remove non-essential aeronautical information to make it easier for pilots to read.
These changes will appear in the next edition of the Southern England 1:500k chart, due for publication on 8th March 2012, improving the visual presentation of the aeronautical information for a critical piece of airspace. The CAA and NATS hope this will help to reduce confusion amongst pilots, and subsequently contribute to a reduction in infringements.
The changes include the removal of the HON VOR compass rose, removal of the Coventry RWY 05 Instrument Approach Procedure cone, removal of a disused Helicopter site at Leek Wooten, and relocation and improvement to aeronautical text.
An extract of the area concerned, taken from the next edition of the 1:500k Southern England & Wales VFR chart, is available for download in PDF format: http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/1/Press%20Release%20Southern%20England%20(EGBB).pdf