Reports have reached the Pilot office that, after the reorganization of airspace around Farnborough, traffic management practices have turned out to be different from those originally offered. Specifically, despite Farnborough ATC management giving assurances at a meeting in February that Fairoaks AFIS could contact Farnborough ATC via landline to obtain a class D VFR transit in advance of an aircraft departing Fairoaks to the West, this seems to no longer be the case.
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Safety Matters and Safety Briefs are based on the AAIB Bulletin and UK Airprox Board reports, with additional material from the US National Transportation Safety Board.
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