2Donkeys wrote:Would Duxford or Fowlmere have been an option, rather than cancelling ?
Possibly, yes, but my friends are the other side of Newmarket, so a fair drive both ways.
The 24hr PNR is published in the AIP and in Pooleys.
I fully appreciate that there is a national shortage of ATC staff and of course they are required to have their statutory breaks and rest periods and this does explain the short term closures we are experiencing.
Requiring 24 hours PNR seems excessive and implies preparation of some sort, otherwise why 24 hours?
The whole PPR debate has been comprehensively covered here and I can see that it might help ATC on a busy day with short staffing, to have some notice of the amount of incoming traffic and have the strips written out. It only reduces the initial RT call by a couple of words though, as proved on a previous thread.
Yesterday, I heard both Gloucester and Shobdon, both super busy, have a couple of people call up who had not got PPR and both were easily accepted and slotted in.
On the original subject, would it not be possible for airfields to downgrade to some sort of unlicenced status if they can't provide the full ATC/FISO/fire cover , much like France and the US? We could all use SafetyCom and if necessary sign an online form to accept the risk of a sheepstrike?