Many of you may have been aware of the ongoing consultation to raise the Transition Altitude (TA) from 5,000ft to 18,000ft. Details are at https://www.iaa.ie/general-aviation/consultations. In the most part, this will have little impact on most General Aviation Users in this country.
However....AIC 15/15 was also published (Available HERE) in November and buried in that is a plan to lower the base of controlled airspace " as part of the consultation process." I've only heard about this AIC for the first time today despite reading all the documentation associated with the TA Consultation. To me this is a very sneaky move by the IAA to lower the base of controlled airspace and claim that the GA Community were 'consulted'. After speaking with a few people today, the general consensus is that the base will be lowered from FL75 to 5000ft across the entire country.
We already have far too much controlled airspace and the CTR's in this country are way too big already. I think serious consideration should be given to reducing the amount of controlled airspace not increasing it.
Anyone else have any thoughts on this?
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I do sometimes fly at such altitudes.
Lowering it wouldn't be such a major problem if access is easy to get. But if it just becomes an increased vectoring space for regionals, with no access because "we're expecting a flight in the next 15 minutes" then it wouldn't be great.
I've love to know why they want to do this. This will be more telling than anything else.
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