Originally Posted by Porco Rosso
There's no good reason for not calling 0500 354 802 at the very least.
I have never called that number and have no intention of doing so.
To take up IO540's point, it is a legal requirement to properly prepare for a flight including checking NOTAMs, AICs and the AIP etc.
A briefing from AIS will include any TRAs for the red arrows etc as well as all the other information one is legally required to check. The telephone message merely repeats what one has already received in the legally required briefing.
Thus there is no need to ring any freephone numbers if one has obtained a full and proper pre-flight briefing.
Perhaps some pilots think that if they ring the frephone number that they do not to get a full AIS briefing before flight? - Wrong!
Agree that many instructors and examiners do not ensure that students/candidates check notams and aip etc pre-flight. Many people obtain PPLs without having ever consulted the AIP. How can that be done?
Of course those former students become instructors and very soon, hardly anyone knows how to brief properly for a flight!