|CTA (includes airways)||30||24||24|
|Temporary Restricted/Prohibited/Danger Areas||0||0||0|
|Total reported airspace infringements||64||78||75|
Rob Gratton, CAA lead for airspace infringements, stated that the statistics show an unacceptable and continued rise in airspace infringements. A great many pilots are still not using moving map technology or failing to use it correctly. In addition, a number of infringements involved pilots encountering poor weather that was forecast in formal met reports, showing poor pre-flight planning and weak Threat and Error Management.
Infringement statistics: 2017 and 2018
|Total reported airspace infringements||1162||1358|
|Airspace infringements reported December 2018||55|
|CTA (includes TMA and Airways)||812*||706|
|* 2017 CTA and CTR combined|
|Restricted/Prohibited/Danger Areas (perm and temp)||81||87|
Airspace infringements: 2018 statistics
Causal factor analysis of airspace infringements
Analysis of airspace infringement reports from 2017 has shown that the 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:
- Use of moving maps with an airspace warning
- Use of a frequency monitoring code (FMC), also known as a listening squawk
- Recognition of/dealing with overload and distraction
- Better familiarity with aircraft and equipment
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
Airspace infringement series: A controller’s story
12 April 2019: Brian Ringrose, an air traffic controller at Swanwick centre looking after airspace around Gatwick, talks about his experience with airspace infringements in the latest of the series from NATS – Airspace infringement series: A controller’s story (12 April 2019)
22 March 2019: NATS have published the first in a series of controller’s stories. Amanda Rhodes, NATS air traffic controller at Swanwick Centre looking after airspace around Luton Airport, talks about her experience with airspace infringements – Airspace Infringement Series: A controller’s story (22 March 2019)