Now that centre (FIR) has been introduced for some time, the utilisation of having different classed airspace with restrictions could be better for controllers (ES specifically).
Controlled airspace would allow for GA aircraft to have more freedom without the worry of ATC (except for CTAF / local freq).
Here is an example.
See picture below!
Red circle: Redcliffe Airport (YRED if you wanna check it out)
Brisbane Airport: South of Redcliffe (YBBN)
Purple circle: Training area / an area to fly (IF words)
Currently as a pilot i fly from Redcliffe aeroclub to bribie island to conduct VFR flights and training. To get to the area i pass another airport, make a radio call and keep flying. No contact with Brisbane tower, approach, departure or centre.
On the picture above you will see light blue rings around Brisbane (with C LL ####) this means if you’re at or above that altitude, you’re in Brisbane’s airspace. This means you need to check in with Brisbane centre etc.
If you’re below that altitude, just fly making radio calls… see and avoid. No contact with Centre.
Now, how could this help, what’s there to benefit out of this?
- Reduced ATC stress, load and on guards.
- More GA activities could happen with VO’s
- More features (cleared direct to ####)
- Would most likely be an ES feature
- Could be hard for younger IF audience to understand
- Could take a while to implement in global?
- Could be hard to implement a future commands.