Facts, stats and incidents

2020 reported infringements

January February March April May  June July August September October November
CTA (includes airways) 23 9 19 4 20 20 54 29 53 33 14
TMA 9 9 14 3 3 8 29 15 14 14 8
CTR 9 6 22 2 20 19 32 26 22 16 14
ATZ 2 5 7 1 1 9 13 3 12 3 5
Restricted/Prohibited/Danger Areas 2 2 2 0 4 2 3 5 6 5 3
Temporary Restricted/Prohibited/Danger Areas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
TMZ 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 6 0
RMZ 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 3 4 2 0
CAS-T 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Total reported airspace infringements 45 32 64 10 48 60 135 85 118 79 44

 

2019 reported infringements by month

January February March   April May   June July August September October November December Total
CTA (includes airways) 29 23 24 40 63 39 59 65 34 26 8 12 421
TMA 13 21 26 21 31 39 37 41 28 17 11 8 294
CTR 9 22 14 34 35 30 34 39 29 16 13 14 290
ATZ 5 4 5 9 12 12 18 13 6 10 2 4 100
Restricted/Prohibited/Danger Areas 2 0 7 3 6 8 8 3 1 11 2 4 52
Temporary Restricted/Prohibited/Danger Areas 1 0 0 1 0 3 3 2 0 2 0 0 17
TMZ 3 4 5 5 7 5 5 6 4 0 1 2 53
RMZ 1 3 2 4 5 10 10 10 2 0 0 1 42
CAS-T 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3
Total reported airspace infringements 63 77 83 119 159 146 177 179 104 82 37 46 1272

 

Reported infringements summary: 2017, 2018, 2019

Year 2017 2018 2019
Total reported infringements 1162 1358 1271
CTA (includes Airways) 812 * 706 ** 411
CTR * included in 2017 CTA figure 285 289
TMA * included in 2017 CTA figure ** included in 2018 CTA figure 294
ATZ 97 130 100
Restricted/Prohibited/Danger Areas 81 *** 87 *** 54
Temporary Restricted/Prohibited/ Danger Areas *** included in 2017 Restricted/Prohibited/Danger Areas figure *** included in 2017 Restricted/Prohibited/Danger Areas figure 13
TMZ 57 76 46
RMZ 115 74 48

 

Airspace infringements: 2017 and 2018 statistics compared


ICG meeting data

Each month the CAA will publish statistical data of infringement Mandatory Occurrence Reports (MORs) processed under CAP1404 by the CAA’s Infringement Coordination Group (ICG).  The IGC is a cross-organisational Regulatory Group comprising members of the CAA and one member of the Military Aviation Authority (MAA); details of composition can be found in CAP1404.

The number of MORs processed each month do not correspond numerically to those reported in the same month due to the time taken to collate MOR, Pilot and supporting supplementary reports.

December 2020 ICG decisions

Course of action  Number   Summary
Closed with no further action   11
  • Student (7)
  • Review established no AI occurred (4)
Advisory letter   17
Online tutorial and test   2
Practical training   2
  • Multiple infringements in one flight (1)
  • Multiple infringements over two flights (1)
Airspace Infringement Awareness Course (AIAC)   4
  • Single infringement inc Safety impact/other factors (2)
  • Repeat infringing pilot (1)
  • Multiple infringements in one flight (1)
Provisional suspensions   1
Ongoing investigations   2
Licence revocation   0

 

Summary of ICG decisions made in 2020

Course of action January February March   April May   June July August September October November December
Closed with no further action 11 8 4 4 2 1 3 9 7 12 8 11
Advisory letter 35 34 27 20 8 26 44 40 39 65 38 17
On-line tutorial and test 3 5 3 4 0 1 1 5 0 2 1 2
Practical training 3 1 0 0 1 2 0 6 8 3 3 2
Airspace Infringement Awareness Course (AIAC) 8 11 8 8 6 7 5 9 10 13 4 4
Provisional suspensions 0 3 3 3 0 3 2 0 3 3 0 1
Ongoing investigations 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 1 0 2
Licence revocation 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Summary of ICG decisions made in 2019

Course of action January February March   April May   June July August September October November December
Closed with no further action 1 2 3 0 7 5 1 9 6 5 3 5
Warning letter (*) 4 12 4 4 7 19 60 74 56 56 51 22
On-line test 2 4 3 1 0 1 1 14 6 8 1 1
Flight training (**) 1 1 2 1 2 0 1
Airspace Infringement Awareness Course (AIAC) 17 10 13 15 23 18 15 22 11 22 12 5
Provisional suspensions 2 3 2 1 3 6 5 4 0 4 2 2
Ongoing investigations 6 3 5 2 2 4 13 8 3 8 1 2
Licence revocation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

(*) from 1 June 2019, all other pilots subject of airspace infringement MORs are contacted by the CAA to notify them of their airspace infringement and a pilot report requested. Once the investigation is complete, and if an airspace infringement is confirmed, the pilot will be sent a warning letter to close the occurrence.

(**) listed as a separate course of action from June


Airspace infringement series: A controller’s story

A series of controller’s stories from NATS

Mark Davenport, an air traffic controller at Swanwick centre, talks about his experience with airspace infringements. Airspace Infringement Series: A controller’s story… (20 May 2019)

Brian Ringrose is an air traffic controller at Swanwick centre. He talks about his experience looking after airspace around Gatwick. Airspace infringement series: A controller’s story (12 April 2019)

Amanda Rhodes is an air traffic controller at Swanwick Centre.  She talks about her experience looking after airspace around Luton Airport. Airspace Infringement Series: A controller’s story (22 March 2019)