Airspace files

The pilot in command is responsible for ensuring a flight can be carried out safely. GPS navigation devices undoubtedly help pilots to avoid controlled airspace. For obvious reasons, it is very important to use up to date airspace files. Warning: regardless of any navigation devices installed or carried, you should always fly with a hard copy 1/2 mil chart showing the current airspace.

Choice of GPS navigation devices and software…

Affordable devices designed for GA with VFR 1/2 mil chart software include Airspace Aware. Gliding specific software, which can be used on a variety of devices, includes additional capability and detail that is specifically useful to glider pilots. A commonly used example is Seeyou. Open source soaring software provides other options. An example is XCSoar. Other software is available. You are recommended to seek advice before you decide which to use.

Manufacturers usually provide updates for their commercially available software. A number of hardware and software resellers, for example Navboys, provide airspace file updates from their websites.

Airspace files

A small number of talented volunteers do fantastic work in producing specific airspace files for use with a variety of software applications. You can view a list of airspace files, including a link to the ‘soaringweb’ site, in the Airspace Files section of the website forms and publications library.

ASSelect

Geoff Brown has produced a very helpful program called ASSelect designed to extract a user specified UK airspace file. the ASSelect program is accessible from the soaringweb site.  You can go direct to the ASSelect page here.

Available files include wave boxes, ILS feathers, the Cambridge LoA radio area and the Solent Airspace Trial radio area.

The small print…

Please note that data contained in the files linked from this site is provided with the best of intention but without guarantee as to completeness or correctness. Any conclusions drawn from the data and information are the sole responsibility of the user.

Finally, regardless of any navigation devices installed or carried, always fly with a hard copy 1/2 mil chart showing the current airspace.