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Old 5th Jan 2014, 10:31
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"TSA" on BeNeLux/German borders


I'm planning a flight from the South East (UK) to the Czech Republic and have been using SkyDemon. En route I keep getting red warnings that my route transits TRAs and TSAs all around the BeNeLux/German borders. A google search has helped with with TRAs but any search for TSAs brings up US security measures! Can anyone help me with what these are and whether I need to avoid them or whether I can request a transit - some of them are SFC-10000 so climbing over is probably not an option (in a 152) and I'd be interested to find out what they are anyway.

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For permanent areas: Each of those areas is supposed to have a number or other identification. In the country AIP you should be able to look up their details. Nomrally they're listed in the ENR 5.1 section

Dutch AIP here: AIS Netherlands

Note that in the Netherlands, a fair number of "permanent" areas are only active once a year, when the relevant commemoration service is being held. Most of them are on May 4th, but there are a few others on other dates.

Due to some copyright/monopoly issues only the IFR portion of the German AIP is online. You should be able to register and login to the DFS site to get access, or use the Eurocontrol site. More info here: http://www.pprune.org/private-flying...erman-aip.html

For temporary areas you should be able to look up the details in the NOTAM.
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Best/easiest way to cross Belgium is by simply getting a service from Brussels Info, then Belgo Mil as you get further east. They'll usually (though not every time) clear you straight through the whole lot (whatever your route/altitude). If there really is something in the way, they'll route you around/over/under whatever is actually active.

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Old 5th Jan 2014, 16:32
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Or one could stay above 4500' and be guided all the way. ATC are there to help, why not make use of it?

Regarding the the TSA's: they are military training areas, I seem to remember they have to do with UAV's. There's a shooting range around EBLB Elsenborn which may be related.

These TSA's are active per NOTAM, check them out at Belgocontrol - Air Traffic Safety: Our Mission I think it would be very exceptional for them to be active in the weekend, but it never hurts to make double sure.

Belgocontrol - Air Traffic Safety: Our Mission also has the AIP which should explain fully.
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Old 5th Jan 2014, 19:46
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EB ENR 5.1 and 5.2 describe the areas pretty well, and the conditions/contacts for entry. Here's the blurb from 5.2:

In temporary reserved areas (TRA), military activities that are dangerous to civil aircraft take place at specified times. Restrictions apply to crossing civil aircraft. A cross-border area (CBA) is a TRA covering airspace of two or more adjacent states.

In temporary segregated areas (TSA), military activities that require the exclusive reservation of the area take place at specified times. These areas are not accessible to civil users during their activation
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