- Ensure that you have a current aeronautical chart
- Check which listening squawks and frequencies cover your planned route.
- Check NOTAMs: For up to date information on specific NOTAM, including Restricted Areas (Temporary), Airspace Upgrades and Emergency Restrictions of Flying, you can call the AIS Information Line on 08085 354802 or +44 (0)1489 887515.
- Check the local and en-route weather and check again just before flight.
Pre-flight planning tools
A number of online pre-flight planning tools are available. They can help safely and easily plan a Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flights in and around busy airspace. They can also be used to check NOTAMS.
NATS (National Air Traffic Services) has awarded its Safety Compliance Mark to SkyDemon Light. The mark indicates that the product complies with functionality set out by NATS to enhance flight safety.
A free, cut-down version of the full SkyDemon service designed for the UK. The software is an aid to VFR flight planning and navigation, designed to enhance situational awareness: http://www.skydemonlight.com/
Planning to fly in Dutch airspace?
Based on the success of Frequncy Monitoring Codes (FMC) in the UK the Dutch have introduced two FMC. If you are planning to fly below Schiphol TMA 1, Schiphol CTR 2 or 3, or fly in Rotterdam TMA 1 of 2 you can use one of the new transponder codes.
Always have a Plan B. If you are planning a controlled airspace (CAS) crossing, ensure that you have a back-up to avoid the airspace in case a clearance without delay is not possible.