The Transition Altitude in the Birmingham CTA is 6000ft. Pilots are encouraged to attempt to fly the Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs) correctly from the charts. However, for pilots who do not have the charts, a simplified version is given which the controller can pass by text in the clearance. This version ignores the Noise Abatement Regulations and VOR radials but should produce approximately the same route. Use of an Flight management System (FMS) is assumed for direct routings. Charts are by far the best option and the latest charts for Birmingham can be found within the UK AIP.
STARs should be used for flight planning purposes but routes may be varied by EGBB_APP to expedite arrivals or departures.
STARs via OLIVE are not used in VATSIM UK since they are only for use when HON VOR is out of service.
Coventry Arrivals on airways should be routed on Birmingham STARs and positioned for Coventry by EGBB_APP
Aircraft inbound from the FIR (ie uncontrolled airspace) should be routed to GROVE or the BHX NDB.
Transition Level will be determined by ATC based on Transition Altitude of 6000ft and the Birmingham QNH. For the latest information on STAR procedures please refer to the charts.
Birmingham aerodrome is surrounded by class D airspace, therefore pilots wishing to fly S/VFR within this airspace must file a S/VFR flight plan. Your routing should indicate the point at which (or the direction) you intend to join/leave controlled airspace - this may be in the form of a compass direction or as a specific location for example a VRP.
Arrivals should freecall Birmingham Radar (EGBB_APP) at least 5 minutes before reaching the boundary of controlled airspace (class D). Clearance will be issued and will differ from visit to visit depending upon the current traffic situation at the aerodrome. Pilots should ensure that they comply fully with the clearance as issued and if they are unable to for whatever reason(s) should notify the controller as soon as is possible.
The circuit is flown at height 1000ft QFE and pilots should ensure that they remain within visual range of the aerodrome at all times.
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