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#1779593
Dear All,

The management of Le Touquet airport have asked me to work with them in helping to coordinate a slight change in their operations.

As of 1 July, the ATC service will be closed between 1130Z and 1330Z.

This is due to new European regulations governing the mandatory rest periods afforded to controllers.

In practice, this means that radio at Le Touquet will be blind calls in French only during that period.

Those with experience of flying further into France will be familiar with this, but those who only nip across the channel from time to time may be less so.

In essence, if you wish to land at Le Touquet during this period, you need to transmit your circuit joining messages in French, and follow a French overhead join, which differs slightly from that practised in the UK.

I must impress on all pilots the importance of “playing the game” here, as the initial plan was to close the runway completely during the rest periods, and the “FR Only” solution was very much a compromise.

To help the airport management, I am going to update some of the French radio information on my website to be a bit more specific to Le Touquet.

I am also going to organise (subject to Covid) a couple of free seminars at the airport to explain the procedures in a bit more detail. I would be delighted to put a few faces to names if you’d like to come along.

In the meantime, if anyone has any questions, please drop me an email to james(at)lingaero.com

Best

James
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#1779616
Thanks, James.
James33 wrote:... and follow a French overhead join, which differs slightly from that practised in the UK.

Are you able to point us to a link that explains this? I'm not sure I've ever seen anything official and am failing to find it in the AIP (which will likely be my fault).
If there's a link that explicitly highlights the differences, so much the better!
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Dave W wrote:Thanks, James.
James33 wrote:... and follow a French overhead join, which differs slightly from that practised in the UK.

Are you able to point us to a link that explains this? I'm not sure I've ever seen anything official and am failing to find it in the AIP (which will likely be my fault).
If there's a link that explicitly highlights the differences, so much the better!


I did a search DGAC Integration Verticale Standard on google.

I found the full description here

and there is a downloadable PDF here

Edited - @Dave W beat me to it.
#1779651
Shoestring Flyer wrote:....and the penalties for not doing the RT Traffic calls in French , when 90% of the circuit traffic at Le Touquet are English pilots, are what exactly?


The airport deciding they'll close to everyone for two hours a day?

Ian
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