Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why can’t I operate Special VFR above FL80 in Channel Island Airspace?
a. From 6th March 2014, Channel Island airspace went through a major re-classification process. The Channel Island Terminal Control Area (TMA) was established above FL80. This class A airspace precludes both VFR & Special VFR flight.
2. Do I have to file a Flight Plan to operate in the Channel Island Airspace?
a. Yes, All flights which intend to operate within the Channel Island Airspace require a Flight Plan. Flight Plans must be addressed to EGJJZTZX. Inbound traffic to Guernsey or Alderney or traffic wishing to route close to these airfields should ensure flight plans are also addressed to EGJBZTZX or EGJAZTZX respectively.
Abbreviated Flight Plans (Taken over the phone) may be sufficient for some training flights; however, all flight training within the Channel Island Airspace is subject to "Booking Out" procedures. Please contact the appropriate Air Traffic Control unit for further information.
3. Why is it necessary to have PPR?
a. PPR is a process through which ATC is better able to monitor and regulate the flow of non-instrument air traffic through the Channel Island Airspace. Along with standard routes, access to more thorough briefing material, greater pilot awareness and understanding and the ability for ATC to adjust PPR rates according to projected sector loading and staff availability it aims to reduce the likelihood of any VFR flight being refused an entry clearance, having to hold for excessive periods outside of controlled airspace or receiving an extended routings which were not taken into consideration during the pre-flight planning process.
4. When do I require a Channel Island PPR?
a. PPR requirements will be notified through NOTAM.
5. Why do we need to have PPR now, when historically Channel Island Airspace used to be much busier and enjoyed less restrictions?
a. During the tourism boom years of the 1980’s Air Traffic Control had almost 50% more operational staff in order to safely manage the large numbers of commercial air transport movements. As Commercial Traffic has reduced over the years, so has the operational requirement for such large numbers of operational staff. The majority of funding for the Channel Island Control Zone comes from EuroControl, paid for by the Commercial Operators who wish to use the airspace. With increases in commercial pressure, open accounting practices, increased scrutiny from customers and the regulator every Air Traffic Control unit has had to tailor its service to meet demand.
PPR may be used to monitor/regulate traffic levels during the introduction of new systems, procedures or to ensure safety is not compromised as a result of unforseen staff shortages etc..
6. How far in advance can I make a Channel Island PPR reservation?
a. When required, PPR reservations may be made up to two weeks in advance. Initially this is restricted to 50% of each sector capacity with the remaining capacity released for reservations 1 week later. This provides ATC the opportunity to develop and refine arrival sectors, groupings and sector rates as the system comes online.
ATC have the ability to make advanced reservations on users behalf. Please telephone the ATC PPR Enquiry Line.
7. Can I make multiple reservations on the same day?
a. Currently there is nothing preventing any individual from making multiple reservations on the same day, however, reserving consecutive bookings to "ensure" an arrival slot will be considered "abuse" of the system and will lead to the removal of an individual’s rights to use the automated system. Multiple reservations, or reservations which will not be used prevent other users from making a reservation.
8. Why do I have to route via Les Roches Douvres Lighthouse out of or inbound to Guernsey?
a. The Les Roches Douvres Lighthouse is a convenient "Visual Reference Point" through which a basic PPL Pilot may flight plan. It’s geographical location ensures that Guernsey traffic remains a suitable distance from the approach track for runway 08 at Jersey and the climb out area for runway 26. Depending on the runway in use at Jersey traffic is often placed on a heading which ensures that it will remain at least 12-15nm west of Jersey. As previously stated, pilots should ‘plan’ to use this standard route, Jersey ATC will normally provide a more expeditious route if traffic will permit.
9. Why can’t I route direct VFR to/from Jersey via ORTAC or ORIST
a. Once again, this is about reducing complexity and workload during the busier traffic periods. If a Pilot has planned to fly the standard route they will not be surprised if they do not get a more direct routing. Any track between Jersey and ORTAC or ORIST cuts across both Guernsey and Alderney’s standard routes.
The standard route between Jersey and Cap de la Hague not only means that VFR flight is planned between promulgated Visual Reference Points (VRP) in and around Channel Island Airspace but it also reduces the requirement to provide traffic information, separation/coordinate it from airspace delegated to Guernsey or Alderney.
10. Why are you introducing Standard Routes for VFR/SVFR traffic?
a. Standard Routes for VFR or SVFR traffic is not a new concept. In fact during the boom era of the 1980s you would rarely find a light aircraft operating anywhere but on a standard route into or out of any island. As commercial traffic has decreased over the years, general aviation within Channel Islands Airspace has enjoyed more freedom in the routings Air Traffic Control has been able to accommodate.
11. Do I have to follow the standard routings?
a. You are required to comply with the instructions contained in your Air Traffic Control Clearance. An Air Traffic Control Officer may offer you a more direct routing dependant on the traffic situation at the time. You should never "expect" to be offered the direct route, but should plan your flight according to the standard routes indicated.
12. Will I be able to request a more direct route?
a. Any clearance to operate VFR/SVFR within Channel Island Airspace is borne on the back of a request from a Pilot. ATC will consider any request for a more direct routing, but as stated previously, a more direct route will only be available if the controller can accommodate it, so your pre-flight planning process should ensure you plan for the standard routes.
13. Why is the PPR Reservation number so long?
a. In order to reduce the risk of multiple bookings for an individual time slot the automatic booking system generates a completely unique reference number for each reservation made. This Reservation number has been reduced to 6 characters and will be required for tracking and troubleshooting any reservation:
Please quote your PPR Reservation number in field 18 of your Flight Plan. i.e. RMK/PPR XXXXXX
14. Why are some inbound sectors grouped together in the booking calendar?
a. During identified peak traffic period the Guernsey East and South may be grouped into a single PPR Reservation Calendar. As can the Jersey East and North East Seactors. All of these sectors pass through the Jersey Approach Controllers Airspace and by grouping these together during the initial rollout stages of the PPR system we hope be able to ensure a greater measure of control over the traffic loading on the Jersey Approach Control Sector. The combined grouping of the these sectors will be reviewed two weeks after the systems introduction.
15. What tolerance do I have on my zone boundary estimate?
a. The PPR reservation should be based on your estimate for the Zone Boundary, tolerance is limited to the length of the reservation period. i.e. If your ETA for the Zone Boundary was 15:20 and you reserved the 15:00 – 15:30 slot you would have a tolerance of -20 +10 on your ETA.
16. I am en-route but outside of my PPR reservation slot! Will I still be able to obtain a clearance into Channel Island Airspace?
a. The majority of the time it should be possible to accommodate your flight, however you may encounter a greater chance of incurring a delay and/or extended routing depending on the traffic situation at the time.
You are advised to contact Jersey ATC at the earliest opportunity in order to advise of any revised boundary estimate. The earlier we know about any likely delay to your arrival the greater the opportunity to plan, thus minimising the chance of any delay.
17. I do not have access to my email away from home but can access the internet; can I still retrieve my PPR reservation number?
a. If you do not have access to your email away from home/office you may retrieve the PPR reservation code by directly reviewing your reservation in the Booking Calendar. (Log-in, click ‘modify’ against the reservation you wish to review.)
18. Can I book PPR over the telephone?
a. When required, PPR may be booked by calling Jersey ATC on +44 (0) 1534 446309, however, this service is not available H24 and delays in answering may be experienced during busier traffic periods.
19. Do I need PPR for my Departure from Jersey, Guernsey or Alderney?
a. No. (Pilots are advised to contact Tower (or Ground Movement Control if in operation) prior to start up to request their outbound clearance and permission to start. This will minimise any delay experienced if ATC is unable to issue taxi clearance immediately or if problems have arisen with your flight plan.)
20. Do I require PPR to transit between the Islands?
a. Not at this time, however, tactical delays may be encountered during busy periods. These will normally be in the form of Minimum Departure Intervals between flights and will managed solely by ATC in the respective Island.
21. Can I operate my Permit to Fly Aircraft in Channel Island Airspace?
a. If you have a valid "UK" Permit to Fly for your aircraft you may currently operate within the Channel Islands CTR/CTA on a blanket exemption which has been granted by the Channel Island Director of Civil Aviation (DCA). The Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney sections of the UK Air Pilot contains additional information.
If you operate on a Permit to Fly issued by any other jurisdiction you must first obtain permission from the DCA.
Both Jersey and Guernsey have their own Air Navigation Orders and Rules of the Air Regulations.
22. I have an NPPL, Can I fly to Jersey, Guernsey or Alderney?
a. The DCA for the Channel Islands has extended authorisation for UK NPPL holders to operate within the Channel Island Airspace. NPPL holders who do not hold a certificate of ICAO compliance to fly in French Airspace MUST contact the Jersey ATC Supervisor in order to secure an arrival clearance/route which will enable the flight to remain in UK or Channel Island Airspace.
23. Is it possible to fly in Formation in the Channel Island Airspace?
a. VFR Formation flights are permitted in Channel Island CTR/CTA under standard UK regulations. Formation flight under Special VFR is prohibited. Please Note: Formation landings and departures are prohibited at Jersey - formations will need to split before landing and form up after take off.
24. Our local Flying Club would like to organise a club trip to your island, is this possible? What do you require from the organiser?
a. Club Fly-ins are normally not a problem, however, we do ask organisers to contact Air Traffic Control Operations department as early as possible in order that suitable plans can be put in place to manage the expected air traffic.
25. What level of Service can I expect outside of Channel Island Airspace?
a. Jersey ATC will ONLY provide a "BASIC" service outside of the Channel Islands Airspace to aircraft in the UK FIR and a "Flight Information service" to those in the Brest FIR.
26. Do you provide a Danger Area Crossing Service?
a. No. Danger Area Crossing Service (DACS) for the Danger Areas North of Channel Island Airspace is provided by Plymouth Military on 124.150 MHz when open. Pre-flight information regarding the status of these Danger Areas may be obtained from Plymouth Operations on +44 (0) 1752 557550.
27. Why are the PPR Arrival Sectors Named as such?
a. Arrival Sectors are named according to destination airfield and direction of entry. The Guernsey East and Guernsey South sectors are currently combined into a single reservation Sector, however, it is likely that these will be split into individual reservation calendars as sector loadings are assessed during the early stages of operation.
28. Where can I file a flight plan?
29. Where can I get additional help with Flight Planning Issues?
30. Will additional sector capacity become available?
a. When required, sector capacity will be reviewed on a weekly basis and additional capacity will be added where possible. This will be achieved either by increasing the number of PPR Reservation slots available per hour (ie from 2 to 4 per hour (1 every 15 min)) or by introducing additional calendars for each ppr arrival sector. (ie. Duplicate arrival sectors can be created to increase Sector capacity while retaining the 30 minute boundary window)
31. What future changes may be experienced in Channel Island Airspace?
a. During the secong quarter od 2017 the Standard European Rules of the Air (SERA) will be coming into force. These will introduce new minima for VFR/SVFR flight across Europe. More information available on our downloads page.
32. What timezone does the PPR Reservation Calendar use?
a. All times indicated on this site are UTC unless specifically stated.
33. Is there any way I can keep my log-in active so I do not need to keep entering my username and password?
a. On the log-in page, select the "Keep me logged in" check box. As long as you have cookies enabled in your web browser you would automatically be logged in every time you use the system.
34. What consultation has taken place prior to the introduction of PPR?
a. Both Jersey and Guernsey ATC were involved in the introduction of this PPR system. Consultation took place with AOPA (Channel Islands) and the Jersey and Guernsey Aero Club and their respective Members.
35. Why are some entry sectors missing or greyed out in the booking calendar and I cannot make a reservation?
a. In order to actively manage sector capacity on the automated reservation system some sectors can be switched to either allow a user to automatically make a reservation or to restrict reservations to be manulally managed by ATC on the users behalf. If the PPR reservation slot you require is not available and you are unable to move to , please contact the Channel Island PPR Enquiry Line. If traffic and staffing permit ATC may be able to accept your request and if so will be able to create a reservation on your behalf in the restricted sector. As the system matures automatic sector capacity will be refined in order to minimise any ATC telephone requirement, Sector capacities will be increased to appropriate levels depending on ATC workload hopefully to the point where Pilots will only need to contact ATC directly on very rare occasions.
36. Am I required to have PPR entry reservation when returning from a cross county flight?
a. If you are departing Channel Island Airspace on a standard cross country flight and returning without landing elsewhere, a PPR reservation is not required. Your flight plan will remain active in the ATC system for the duration of the flight. If you are exiting the Channel Island Airspace and landing away your inbound flight will require PPR through the appropriate arrival sector. Please Note: Training organisations can request an exemption from the PPR requirement for the specific use of Student Training Flights during land away cross country flights. Requests should be submitted in writing to the Manager ATC, Jersey Airport, St Peter. Jersey. JE1 1BY.