NATS certifies new airspace location app

1 August 2013 (Last Updated August 1st, 2013 18:30)

UK air traffic services provider NATS has certified a new AirspaceAVOID app from PocketFMS, which helps pilots to avoiding infringing into controlled airspace.

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UK air traffic services provider NATS has certified a new AirspaceAVOID app from PocketFMS, which helps pilots to avoiding infringing into controlled airspace.

The new app has received the NATS Airspace Awareness Compliance Mark, representing the app complies with the air traffic services provider's standard for airspace awareness and infringement prevention.

NATS General Aviation Lead Jonathan Smith said: "We know from our infringements prevention work that GPS moving map functionality, such as UK AirspaceAVOID, really helps support the safe and successful execution of VFR flights."

Developed for both Android and iOS versions, the new UK AirspaceAVOID app will help pilots to locate their position corresponding to the surrounding airspace and warn them if they move towards controlled airspace.

The app will automatically provide the suitable call sign and frequency to contact nearby air traffic control services.

PocketFMS' Bob Ivison said that the UK AirspaceAVOID is the first free in-flight moving map system to attain the NATS compliance mark.

"The app will automatically provide the suitable call sign and frequency to contact nearby air traffic control services."

"We believe this will go a long way to helping to reduce the number of airspace infringements and helping to keep the sky safer for all," Ivison said.

The app displays airspace closures or modifications in EUROCONTROL's Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs), and also incorporates accurate topographic maps that enhance in flight situational awareness.

According to the app developer, the airspace data used in the UK AirspaceAVOID app is updated every 28 days.

Prior to UK AirspaceAVOID app, NATS also awarded the Compliance Mark to the Airbox AWARE iPad and iPhone app.


Image: The UK AirspaceAVOID warns pilots if they are about to enter the controlled airspace. Photo: courtesy of NATS.