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NATS have launched a website which provides GA pilots an online tool to pre-notify their planned flight across Class D airspace.

The tool was developed in response to a controller survey. Pilots now have the option to submit their notification on the portal at least 60 minutes before their intended crossing time so NATS controllers can prepare for their arrival – helping pilots with their requests and enabling more efficient use of the airspace.

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The tool will be part of a wider Airspace Users Portal that will host all non-standard flight requests in one place later in the year – such as those for balloon tethering, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and general aviation (GA) aircraft.

Tammy Storrow, NATS Terminal Control Safety Improvement Specialist, said: “Pre-notification is especially important in today’s busy airspace where complex air traffic scenarios can develop rapidly. The new tool will enable our ATC units to see the requests well in advance and plan ahead, which will benefit everyone involved.”

The pre-notification tool is available on the portal from 1 January at https://aup.nats.aero and full details can be found in AICY 095/2017.

A list of FAQs can be found online here (https://nats.aero/blog/2017/12/help-us-help-nats-launches-ga-pre-notification...).

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