Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:37 am
And then for added confusion we have this one:
B1353/20: Control area (CTA) : miscellaneous plain language
FOR PILOTS OPERATING OUTSIDE THE SOUTHAMPTON ATZ/CTR AND SOLENT
CTA NOT REQUIRING A SERVICE, PLEASE SQUAWK MONITOR 7011 AND MONITOR
IF A TRANSIT OF THE SOUTHAMPTON ATZ/CTR OR SOLENT CTA IS REQUIRED,
PLEASE REQUEST ON SOLENT 120.230MHZ, REMAINING OUTSIDE OF
CONTROLLED AIRSPACE UNTIL ATC CLEARANCE IS ISSUED.
AIRCRAFT OPERATING WEST OF A LINE STONEY CROSS-BEAULIEU-NEEDLES
SHOULD SQUAWK MONITOR 0011 AND MONITOR BOURNEMOUTH 119.475MHZ.
FOR AMENDED AIRSPACE OPENING TIMES REFER TO NOTAM COVID-19 B1349/20
AND C3397/20 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. )
FROM: 15 Jun 2020 05:30 GMT (06:30 BST) TO: 30 Jun 2020 21:45 GMT (22:45 BST)
which appears to be a NOTAM instructing you do do...well - the bleeding obvious! "If you don't want a service, maintain a listening watch". Gosh. "If you want a transit, ask for a clearance and stay outside CAS till you get one". No ****, Sherlock! "From a point halfway between us and Bournemouth, talk to Bournemouth". Well, I'm glad you told me that.
I guess what they are doing is reallocating duties between Bournemouth, Solent and Southampton - talk to Solent rather than Southampton if you are below 2,000 in the east, and Bournemouth rather than Solent if you are above 2,000 in the west. But that is a guess and is probably wrong - I'm not familiar enough with the normal split there.
Anyway, hasn't this been going on long enough that there should be an AIC explaining it properly rather than a perpetually extended string of NOTAMS?