Boxkite wrote:Not to pour cold water on......but to put things into perspective - especially for those reading who are unaware - am I correct is believing that you are an instructor, based at Bristol, and so is the aircraft?
(If I am wrong, I will delete this post).
Regardless of my response below, I wouldn't suggest deleting your post as I believe it adds value.
To take each point in turn:
Yes, I am an instructor but as far as I am aware the only person who was aware that I was in the aircraft was the pilot flying, sat beside me;
I haven't been instructing at Bristol since March this year but do still fly from there very occasionally. It is because I don't fly from there that I have more reason to transit;
One of the aircraft used is based at Bristol and the other is not based at Bristol;
Irrespective, I would be surprised if NATS Bristol made an operational decision based solely on the aircraft, its occupants or their qualifications. My understanding is that there is a priority order and we're normally somewhere near or indeed at the bottom of the order.
That said, being familiar with Bristol airspace may help. Before making a request I listen to 125.650MHz (RADAR) and 136.080MHz (Director) to build my situational awareness of the number and relative aircraft positions and, more important, time between aircraft. This helps establish the likelihood of a successful transit request. If I hear a steady stream of CAT then I don't ask because I can take an educated guess what the answer might be, mea culpa
on that point.
I think that is just part of understanding the system. I recently flew with a chap from Shoreham to Redhill and he suggested that we attempt a Gatwick transit. I haven't flown in the south east regularly for a number of years but I used the same procedure, tuned in to the appropriate frequencies to listen and guessed that we would not be successful. The pilot flying wanted to ask anyway and he did and our request was not successful.
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