UK LFA SFC-2000ft areas in .897
All new to me but seems strange....
I have just downloaded .897 and discovered that large parts, virtually the whole of the southern part of the UK seemingly has accumulated large SFC-2000ft 'LFA' Military areas labelled and shown on the chart, seemingly active any day..Mon-Sun.
These 'LFA' areas were not shown at all on .894 and whilst I know that LFA areas do exist I can't see whyor where these are supposed to be for a temporary excercise or whatever so can someone explain please?.Is this labelling of military low flying area as shown correct?
Where has this all come from?...Why have they not been shown before?
All news to me and are not shown on UK ICAO paper charts.
Presumably the LFA can be turned off using the "military" section of the airspace display settings? If so then people who don't find a benefit can turn them off?
Personally I'd like to have the information. There's not much use overhearing a load of jets on London info "operating in LFA1A for the next 30 minutes" if we have no idea where that is.
Will the flow arrows also end up displayed as part of this?
Andrew is correct, by using menu->movingmap->airspace settings you can disable Military from beeing shown in both the movingmap and vpv, and turn off any airspace warning
Ok Rob that is good.
However that will remove all military airspace warnings, including any popup military warnings won't it?
RAF Waddington are going to be testing 72ft Drones on occasion and I would still want to know when they are around!
It is the just the LFA labels all over the country that are now being shown in Class G airspace, and only these labels, that are the unnecessary clutter that I would want to have the ability to remove.
As an aside and nothing to do with Ev4.
I am sorry but I don't agree about using London Information outside Controlled Airspace. They don't have any radar they can use so all they can usefully tell you is the en-route weather, or open a flight plan for you.
Contacting London Information is a chocolate teapot pointless excercise IMHO. I fail to understand why pilots do it except for someone to talk/chat to and tell them they are airborne in an aeroplane somewhere!
Far better to talk to LARS who at least can see you on radar and give you a Traffic service.
We are currently reviewing this and will get back to you as soon as possible. The Waddington UAV areas will be designated Danger Areas so will not fall under the "Military" Airspace type.
Good to hear that Dave,
Please keep me posted.
No I definitely don't want to see them shown. I have been flying in Class G airspace for the last 37years and not needed to have them before and have many times been in the vicinity of fast jet traffic which is usually Notamed anyway that it is going to be where I intend to fly.
I've had entirely the opposite experience. Mil traffic rarely, if ever, being NOTAMed and getting uncomfortably close and also overhearing details of applicable traffic but not having sufficient information about the locations to build a meaningful mental picture and so not assisting situational awarenesses.
I can see how they would be distracting if not appropriately managed on the screen and through audio alerts though.
It is a known fact that virtually everywhere in the UK you can and always have been able to encounter fast jet traffic anytime! The knowledge that you could encouinter this traffic is though not marked all over a UK ICAO paper chart and is unnecessary in Ev4 as a VFR App for General VFR Flyers.
However we still need to have Military traffic warnings 'enabled' but do not need to have these LFA labels all over the chart creating extra clutter.
So the only solution I can see if you want to particularly aim EV4 at the flight training market is a dedicated button to declutter these LFA lables and also other clutter ( Mil flow arrows!)that Instructors feel their students need a constant reminder of but is totally unnecessary for general VFR flyers.
As an aside there are also too many London Information labels! Just one in a sector is sufficient!
The UK paper charts are not fit for purpose, have not been for years, and are therefore not a good comparison.
My comments were aimed at UK VFR daytime GA pilots - not flight training, however, my thoughts are specifically geared towards rotary pilots who operate in a very different way to fixed wing. They spend much more time in the environment where military flying is relevant.
I've flown on military charts in the past and the flow arrows and training area data does assist with building a mental picture of other airspace users based upon radio reports however, as with anything, the pilots needs to have capacity to interpret all this data and it also needs to not be a distraction to those who will not benefit from it.
See what the guys come up with.