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2020-12-31 [Supplementary Instruction] Route/STAR Clearance Responsibilities


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Effective 31 December 2020

Applicable to: All UK Enroute Positions and Jersey Control

The attached Supplementary Instruction (SI) outlines the procedures for initial route clearance for aircraft inbound to airfields in the London and Scottish FIRs for both air traffic controllers and flight crews. This formalises the procedure by which controllers may accept the STAR in the initial call of a pilot on frequency as confirmation that they will fly said STAR. The opportunity has been taken also to refine the guidance on which sectors are responsible for issuing which STARs.

All controllers of UK area control sectors and Jersey Control sectors shall adhere to the guidance set out in sections 2 to 4. Instructions to operators (i.e. pilots and virtual airlines) are summarised in section 5. Airfield groups are defined in section 6.

SI 2020 14a - Route and STAR Clearance Responsibilities.pdf

For controllers, the following flowchart is included in the document for reference:

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A thread for questions has been created here:

 

Documentation Status

This SI will be incorporated into the following documentation in a future release: London FIR (EGTT) vMATS Part 2; Scottish FIR (EGPX) vMATS Part 2; Jersey (EGJJ) vMATS Part 2.

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To clarify some commonly circulating myths:

  • This SI does introduce new procedures that will be added into the next iterations of both the London and Scottish vMATS (i.e. that as long as a pilot reports the correct STAR on first contact, the controller can take this as confirmation that they will fly said STAR, and it not necessary to reiterate this).
     
  • This SI also clarifies exactly who is responsible for which STAR, something that was covered only very vaguely in the London vMATS and should help to reduce the number of times pilots are told the same thing.
     
  • This SI includes a flow chart not because I am / Ops is undermining the intelligence of anyone, C1 or trainee. But unlike in real world, not everyone learns by reading text in the non-exciting format of an SI. For some reading this, the flow chart represents nothing new; for most (future) C1 trainees, it is an alternative method of presenting something that otherwise needs to be gleaned from paragraphs of text.
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