Analysis of 2017’s airspace infringement reports from private pilots has shown that that correct use of a moving map could have helped avoid 85% of airspace infringements.
Pilot reports were assessed against four measures that could have helped prevent the infringement or reduced its impact on other air traffic or controllers.
Key findings suggest that:
- The correct use of a moving map could have prevented 85% of infringements
- Correct use of a frequency monitoring code (also known as a listening squawk) could have prevented 65% of infringements
- Recognition of/dealing with overload, fixation and distraction – possibly effective in 43% of cases
- Better familiarity with aircraft and equipment – possibly effective in 24% of cases
Rob Gratton, chair of the Airspace Infringement Working Group said: “The CAA actively promotes the use of GPS moving map technology as a mitigation against airspace infringements. But pilots must ensure that they are using the application and device correctly.”
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 here
In 2017 there were a total on 1165 airspace infringements reported through Mandatory Occurrence Report (MOR) or Alleged Breach of Air Navigation Legislation (ABANL) reports. Of these, 307 were investigated by the CAA’s Infringement Coordination Group. Full report on 2017-2018 infringements here