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Old 21st Mar 2017, 10:18
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Different Services and where to get them

Hello,

As a very recent PPL, who trained in a rather quiet part of the UK, I never really got chance to ask about the other services (other than basic) that an ATC unit can give, and what the differences are. Also, as far as I was aware, these services are available outside of controlled airspace, but when I was doing my XC, flying into a couple of larger, and therefore controlled, airports, I was still asking for a basic service.

I know this sounds a bit silly, but it's one of those questions I never got round to asking, and just know that if I don't ask now, I'll probably need to know at a point where I can't find the answer (say, at 4,000 feet and entering airspace)...

Thanks in advance

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Old 21st Mar 2017, 10:34
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This is something you shouldn't have to ask about, rather something you should have already been taught!
Here's a starting point:


https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33...%20MAY16.2.pdf
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 12:28
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Don't ever apologise for asking a perfectly reasonable question!
Just to elaborate on your point about entering controlled airspace: if you've requested a zone entry and ATC have cleared you in, it's up to them to inform you when the service changes. For example, you might be happily trundling along under a Basic service and ask for a Class D zone transit...assuming ATC have you identified, when you hit the zone boundary they should let you know they've upgraded you to a Radar Control Service, which just effectively means they have a bit more control over what you do inside CAS. Likewise when you leave, it's up to ATC to tell you they're downgrading the service, although at this point they might ask you what service you'd like outside CAS.
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 12:57
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It completely astonishes me that anyone can have gained their PPL and FRTOL so recently, yet have apparently no real idea about the UK's ATSOCA system.

Download CAP 413 as has been suggested!
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 14:34
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To all you sky gods out there, this person has already said they trained in a quiet area in the UK and only needed to talk to a larger ATC unit during the XC. There's a LOT to take in during a PPL and if they are anything like me they likely only retained enough information just to get through it. I learned as much after my PPL as I did before it, and I'm still learning 15 years later.

And people wonder why there is so little take up of new pilots when new-comers get condescending responses like above?
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 15:14
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The question smacks of very poor, if any, theoretical knowledge instruction. Either that or a philosophy of learning exam answers rather than application of the subject content.

No wonder there are so many infringements when a newly-qualified PPL holder has so little knowledge about UK airspace and ATS outside CAS.

Another useful document is http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/...ServicesIF.pdf .
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 15:15
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In no way condescending. The OP's questions indicate that a fairly serious part of the basic training was not carried out and possibly not examined correctly. Answers to his questions are free and we all pay for them in the form of CAP 413..............
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 15:19
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Tobster - that's a perfectly adequate question, for 90% of VFR flying you'll most likely be needing no more than a listening squawk, or a Basic Service. If things get marginal VFR, you may consider a traffic, but it won't be until you get your IR(r) or IR until you may have the necessity to use anything else. The leaflet is pretty clear.

Pegasus912, I am not sure the posts were condescending towards Tobster, but perhaps a statement that the instructor, CFI and examiner seem to have missed a part of the training which may have been useful to cover and hence his/her amazement to this fact. (yes there a lot of terrible instructors out there)

And people wonder why there is so little take up of new pilots
Uptake could be slow because people don't understand that they can afford flying if they gave up drinking as much alcohol and frequently going out to extortionate clubs... It may also be slower because nowadays, you can just get a 60-80 orange plane return to most places in the EU (if you buy in advance) and people prefer to go away relaxing rather than working hard to get their licence for over a year... It may be slower because the younger generation seems to be earning the same as the older generation were 30 years ago for the same job, despite the cost of living having increased so dramatically. It may also be slower because a lot of us work so darn hard every week, 6 or even 7 days a week, that some simply don't have the will or energy to spend time studying and wasting time (and money, ie renting a car...etc...) waiting for the skies to clear up enough to actually take to the skies....
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 15:20
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Thank you NudgingSteel and Pegasus912 - I'm asking the question so I can continue to learn, it's a double edged sword. I ask the question and get condescending or sarcastic answers, or I don't ask the question and you read about me on the 9 o'clock news and I become the subject of another thread...
I will have a look through CAP413 again, and digest some more information, but it's one hell of a read, and anyone who says they know everything from it is almost certainly a Billy Bullsh*tter. I'm ALWAYS grateful for advice and information to help me learn, but I'll only learn from people being reasonable and explaining things to me, and pointing me in the right direction. So thank you

EDIT: Updated as I saw the other responses too. - I understand the main aspects of most bits that I need to know at the moment, but if during training I'm only told to ask for basic service, and told I don't need the others, then that's what I'll think. alex90, a listening squawk, something I've only just heard of today. Perhaps not condescending, but it does feel a bit like if I don't know, I shouldn't be flying, which isn't the right attitude, IMHO. I agree that uptake is slow for many reasons. I've been saving for the past 7 years to get my license, but it's paid off...

Thanks
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 15:39
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Okay, enough of the training bashing.

To the OP, once you enter controlled airspace, the level of ATC service depends on the class of airspace.

You will always get an alerting and information service, plus:

Class A: Not allowed to enter VFR.
Class B: Both IFR and VFR is separated from IFR and VFR.
Class C: IFR is separated from IFR and VFR. VFR is separated from IFR. VFR will receive information about other VFR traffic as far as practical, with traffic avoidance on request.
Class D: IFR is separated from IFR. Other traffic will receive information about other traffic as far as practical, with traffic avoidance on request.
Class E is controlled for IFR, but uncontrolled for VFR. So for VFR ATSOCAS services apply.

Individual countries may put a slightly different twist on this, but this is more or less the ICAO standard.

The ATSOCAS (Air Traffic Service Outside Controlled Airspace) you know about. Basic, Traffic, whatnot. But these only apply to airspace that's uncontrolled (as far as VFR is concerned): E through G. So as your rightly found out, it doesn't make sense to ask for a "Basic service" when entering controlled airspace.

The ATSOCAS services (Basic, Traffic, whatnot) are typical UK exceptions to ICAO by the way. In other countries you should be asking for a "Flight Information Service" or any of the other ICAO compliant services.

If you want the details of what a country provides, both in uncontrolled and controlled airspace, look in their AIP. Typically sections ENR 1.2 and ENR 1.4.
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 15:47
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Easy Pegasus!! I don't think it is blatant skygodliness to expect a PPL, new or otherwise, to understand the principals of ATSOCA, any more than understanding, say, the overhead join is skygodliness.
I'm wondering if the OP could have worded their question better, and I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt in this case.
As others have said, there is a full explanation in CAP413, and I'm sure there are CAA Safety Sense publications on the subject.
I'm guessing that Tobster does it the 'millennial' way, use t'internet forums, rather than do the research yourself!
Tongue now firmly removed from cheek!!!
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 16:19
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Yep, fair point Jaycee. Sorry to others. I just worry sometimes that folks won't ask important questions through fear of being chastised that they should have already known the answer!
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 16:31
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I read the question as one of getting the best out of LARS.

So when do VFR folk ask for a traffic service? Sure as eggs is eggs, if everyone in my neck of the woods asked for traffic it would be a matter of seconds before it became a reduced traffic service or basic service only at certain times. Theory only goes so far.
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 16:41
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good work Tobster

Tobster it is pleasing to read that you seek to improve your knowledge of how to be a safe pilot.
Whether you 'should already know it' is immaterial. Shrug off the critical responses that follow this line.
The training system is always going to spew out a few people like you and me whose grasp of the syllabus is less than perfect.
For myself, I learned lots by questioning experienced pilots as and when I felt the need and luckily I got cooperative answers; to the extent that I was able to hold professional flying licences for around thirty years.
So just keep on asking when you need to.
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 16:43
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If conditions are a bit iffy I will ask for a traffic service, I am surprised how often I have done this when others are still asking for basic and as a result not being told about other traffic (quite often I am the other traffic, I know about them because of the traffic service but know they have not been told about me!)
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 17:23
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people please.. by bashing one's training and knowledge you are creating an environment where it is unpleasant to ask a question in order to learn. You are effectively creating grounds for ignorance simply to feel better about yourselves ..
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 18:15
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Toaster,
I know exactly what you mean. I too learnt to fly three axis microlights at a grass strip outside controlled airspace and received little practical instruction in the use of flight information services or ATC. After getting my PPL I went on to get my FRTOL on a two day course. It then dawned on me that despite this my practical training and understanding of flight services was sadly lacking. I read CAP413 again and again but remained nervous of putting it all into practice.

My best advice is to find an instructor who will give you "in the air" tuition so you gain confidence in using flight information services and flying in Class D. It will cost little compared to what it has cost to get your PPL.

This is not your fault, it's a fault of your training and at the time you knew no different and your instructor didn't see it. Good on you for realising it and asking how to sort it out.
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 18:21
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Originally Posted by Martin_123 View Post
people please.. by bashing one's training and knowledge you are creating an environment where it is unpleasant to ask a question in order to learn. You are effectively creating grounds for ignorance simply to feel better about yourselves ..



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Old 21st Mar 2017, 18:32
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I too was kind of confused the first time I hit the big city airspace trying to figure out which service. I'm led to believe that unless you are on a IFR flight plan giving you "positive control" your obligations and responsibilities under VFR rules remain regardless of what service you have Basic, Traffic or Deconflict. All the controller is doing when he advises that you're on a radar services is giving you a heads up that he's got you on radar but it doesn't mean much except if you were instructed to fly a certain route or height when requesting the transit they can verify you're complying otherwise you just fly your own navigation as requested preferably using VRP's as a reference till thru the zone you're transiting.

Again I'm no expert but as I understand it Basic service is good for RPS, weather info and giving rescue services a ballpark area of where they can find the wreckage and (up here in Scotland) the football scores if available.
Traffic services is as it sounds, if they have the time and equipment to cover your location to let you know about traffic they may do that but again are not under any obligation. And Deconfliction is basically if they see conflicting traffic they'll suggest a vector to hopefully avoid a mid air but again it's up to you as PIC not to hit anybody.

I could be wrong but that's my understanding.
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 22:16
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Basic service is good for RPS, weather info and giving rescue services a ballpark area of where they can find the wreckage and (up here in Scotland) the football scores if available.
Traffic services is as it sounds, if they have the time and equipment to cover your location to let you know about traffic they may do that but again are not under any obligation. And Deconfliction is basically if they see conflicting traffic they'll suggest a vector to hopefully avoid a mid air but again it's up to you as PIC not to hit anybody.

I could be wrong but that's my understanding.
Pretty much, to me a deconfliction service is over the top unless actually in IMC, otherwise they are giving you headings all over the place rather than just telling you about traffic you can probably spot and avoid if they tell you about it via a traffic service.
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