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VFR operations in Class E and G airspace AIP ENR 1.1

Summary of reports and broadcasts – VFR aircraft in Classes E and G airspace

SituationFREQ to useRemarks
For clearance into controlled airspaceATCReport
Before and on completion of overwater stage[alt]ATSReport (if requesting schedules)
CAR 166C requires a pilot to make  a broadcast whenever it is reasonably necessary to do so to avoid a collision, or the risk of a collision with another aircraft in the vicinity of the aerodrome (see note 1)CTAFBroadcast – must include:
Location ‘traffic’
Aircraft type
The pilot intends to depart from the aerodrome (see note 1)[alt]CTAFBroadcast – Immediately before or during taxiing
The pilot intends to enter a runway  (see note 1)CTAFBroadcast – Immediately before entering a runway
The pilot is inbound[alt]CTAFBroadcast – 10 nm from the aerodrome or earlier, commensurate with aeroplane performance and pilot workload, with an estimated time of arrival (ETA) for the aerodrome
The pilot is ready to join the circuitCTAFBroadcast – Immediately before joining the circuit
Pilot intends to make:
  • a straight-in approach or
  • a base leg join
  • on final approach at not less than 3 nm from the threshold (see note 2)
  • prior to joining on base
The pilot intends to fly through the vicinity of, but not land at, a non-controlled aerodromeCTAFBroadcast – When the aircraft enters the vicinity of the aerodrome (as defined) (see note 3)
Instrument approach when:
  • departing FAF or established on final approach segment inbound
  • terminating the approach, commencing the missed approach

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