Pre-flight planning

Planning

  • 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

There are a number of free online pre-flight planning tools available to assist pilots in safely and easily planning their Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flights in and around busy airspace and 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/

Remember

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.

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