VFR & Special VFR flight is permitted in the Channel Island CTR (Class D)
VFR flight is permitted in the Channel Island CTA(1) & CTA(2) (Class D)
VFR & Special VFR Flight is not permitted in the Channel Island TMA (Class A)
In Basic terms the Channel Island Airspace is all controlled and pilots require a clearance to operate within it. Certain conditions may be imposed on this clearance in order to ensure that VFR or Special VFR flights will not hinder IFR Traffic and to ensure that appropriate de-confliction takes place.
VFR clearances will normally contain Entry Point, Specified Route, Clearance Limit, Altitude/Level and/or heading restrictions.
Deviating from a specified clearance must only be undertaken after discussion with ATC.
Level restrictions normally come in the two forms: A "NOT ABOVE" a specified Altitude or Flight Level but may also be to "Maintain" a specified Altitiude or Flight Level
The VFR or Special VFR Pilot is responsible for informing Air Traffic Control if deviation from a given clearance becomes necessary due to deteriorating weather conditions or for any other reason.
The table below provides a graphic representation of the Controlled Airspace of the Channel Islands, including the various weather minima and ratings required in order for Pilots to accept any particular clearance.
Top Ten Tips(Adapted from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Airspace Working Groups Top Ten Tips on "How not to Infringe")
How not to infringe Channel Island Controlled Airspace
Safety Sense Leaflet 5 (available on the CAA website and in the LASORS publication) contains good advice on VFR navigation, but it only works if you read and apply it!
Please remember that it is the PILOTS RESPONSIBILITY to obtain an Entry Clearance into Controlled Airspace. If you are receiving a Air Traffic Service outside of controlled airspace from any other unit it remains the pilots responsibility to contact Jersey Air Traffic Control in a timely manner - The Air Traffic Unit providing you with the service outside of controlled airspace may not be in a position to prompt you, transfer you or obtain an entry clearance on your behalf.