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Channel Islands Restrict Airspace Entry

by Jason Gorringe,, London

01 July 2011

The Channel Islands have warned that prior permission will need to be sought by private aircraft flying into the Islands' airspace for a three-month period starting June 30, 2011, to allow authorities to deal with the increase in aircraft movements expected in the summer months.

Jersey Air Traffic Services can handle up to 700 aircraft movements per day during the busy summer months. The temporary ‘Prior Permission Required’ (PPR) system will be introduced for private aircraft flying under Visual Flight Rules and arriving in the Channel Islands.

Director of Civil Aviation, Fergus Woods, has supported the move, which is intended to ensure that Air Traffic Services has sufficient resources and reliable systems in place to handle the expected increase in aircraft travelling to and from Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney, as well as flying through its airspace.

Jersey Airport’s Operations Director, Sandy Sawyer, said: "Meetings have been held with representatives from the general aviation community across all three islands [to explain] the reasons behind implementing this temporary PPR scheme. It was also agreed with them that a briefing package be developed to assist visiting pilots' understanding of complexities when operating in the Channel Islands Control Zone and to help smooth their transit to any of the three airports. Every step has been taken to ensure this temporary measure runs as smoothly as possible for pilots."

To assist the PPR process, a page has been created on the Channel Islands' Control Zone website that allows pilots to request a PPR timeslot up to two hours before arriving at the Channel Islands airspace boundary. There is also a dedicated contact number that pilots can telephone.

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