General Aviation

Published on May 30th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Video: Avoiding Airspace Infringements

EASA have put together a short video to highlight the problems associated with airspace infringements and how to avoid them. Airspace in Europe is often very complex and avoiding airspace infringements is not always easy for even the most experienced of pilots. The number of airspace infringements has increased significantly in Europe over recent years. FlyingInIreland has requested airspace infringement data from the IAA and will publish a separate article with that information when we receive it.

To help avoid Airspace Infringements, EASA recommends the following:

Before Flight: Plan and prepare your flight, use modern flight planning and navigation software, identify controlled or restricted airspace and turn on your transponder.  Also, consult the National Aviation Authority (NAA) or Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) websites for additional information and contact your Flight Information Service (FIS).

During Flight: Keep good situational awareness, obtain a clearance before entering controlled airspace and report if you are lost or enter controlled airspace without clearance.  Stay visible by keeping your transponder on and don’t be shy to communicate.

After the Flight: Debrief your flight in order to learn lessons and share your experiences with others.

For further information on Airspace Infringements, you can visit the EASA website at

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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