Sun May 02, 2021 10:51 pm #1844503
Monitoring Cardiff App yesterday, there was an ASR helicopter operating low-level over the sea (training ops) south of Cardiff airport (elevation 220 ft). The radar controller referred to them as operating outside controlled airspace. Possibly one for the ATC’ers here, is the volume of airspace below a CTR always recognised as been outside controlled airspace, a CTR being designated as SFC to some higher level ? I ask as I recall Carole P, formerly of Cardiff ATC, always bemoaning the fact that Maurice Kirk, bane of Cardiff ATC, would often takeoff from his strip and fly below Cardiff airfield elevation, and argued that he was outside controlled airspace. Until yesterday, I thought that this was just one of the ‘stunts’ for which Maurice Kirk was renowned, but it turns out that it actually seems to be fairly ‘normal practice’ ?
You are still dangerous! You can be my wingman anytime.