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Controlled airspace


VFR flights entering Class C airspace AIP ENR 1.1

Before reaching the boundary of Class C airspace, the pilot must establish two-way communications with ATC on the frequency notified on the chart, in ERSA, or AIP Supplement or NOTAM, and obtain a clearance.

When advance notification has not been provided, the pilot must advise the following to ATC before the point of intended entry:

  • (Aircraft callsign) inbound/transit details – wait for ATC to respond with your call sign, then advise:
    • flight rules and aircraft type
    • position
    • route and next estimate 
    • preferred level.

If landing at an ATIS-provided aerodrome, the pilot should obtain the ATIS before the first contact on the approach frequency. On first contact advise ATIS received.

The clearance to enter will specify the altitude, track and any holding instructions. Some of these items may be combined with the clearance ‘Cleared for visual approach’.

Flights entering controlled airspace from Class G airspace AIP ENR 1.1

When communications facilities exist and the controlled airspace and the non-controlled aerodrome are in close proximity, a clearance should be obtained direct on the ATC frequency. When this is not possible, clearances should be requested through the ATS unit providing services in Class G airspace.

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