It’s not just the UK which is changing over to 8.33kHz radio frequencies in a confusing manner. Germany, normally a bastion of order, is going down the same route.
A German correspondent writes: “Our German authorities screwed it up. Big time. All the clubs and small airfields have been assigned a 8.33 but instead of requiring them to change their frequency at a certain date (like when the new printed charts come out), they can do the transition whenever they like.
“Of course they have to report the change, but not to the DFS (our ATC organisation). Instead various agencies are playing chinese whispers.
“What could have been painless, was made into a major screw-up. When you fly in Germany this year, don’t rely on the printed charts for frequencies/channels. I can’t point you to an official data source yet (unless you want to follow all our NOTAMS manually), but we doing our best to keep the data on http://www.openaip.net/ up to date.
“You might also want to call or email the places you want to visit and ask them directly before you go there.”