Genghis the Engineer wrote:
AIUI he doesn't have to pay for class D access, so nor should I.
Ultimately nobody should have access if it completely mucks up the flow of traffic for everybody else.
Arguably anyone who lands at an airport in Class D does pay for the access in a roundabout way, given that landing/nav fees are ultimately collected by the airport authority (even if you pay the flying club).
Surely this is about transitting - not landing at an airfield.
But I totally agree, nobody should have access if it messes up the flow for others.
Oh - and the light aircraft paying considerably less for their airways charges (ie Birmingham to Jersey at FL100) is probably 79 times harder for the ATCOs Low and slow transits block levels and take forever!
(Not suggesting they shouldn’t be there but they are far trickier than a fast climbing 737-800 due to their performance)
So paying less for your airway access (number of seats/nm in the airspace and MTOW are in the formula I believe) does not reflect complexity.