Standard VFR & Special VFR Routes

In order to reduce the risk of delay, re-routing or extensive holding; flights operating on a VFR or Special VFR clearance within the Channel Island Control CTR can expect to be issued a clearance based on recommended routes between notified Visual Reference Points.

 

These routes have been established in order to keep VFR traffic clear of any restricted areas, de-conflicted from IFR Departures and Arrival tracks and Inter-Island routes.

STANDARD VFR ROUTES
Standard VFR Routes within the Channel Island CTR

Standard routes established between Alderney & French Coast:

Standard Routes have been established between:

  • Alderney and Cap de la Hague (CDLH)
  • Alderney and Heauville (HVLLE)
  • Other route availability:

    Clearance is normally available to route between Alderney and the North or Western Zone boundary (50N/3W) subject to the status of any Danger Area Activity.


    Standard routes established between Guernsey & French Coast:

    Standard Routes have been established between:

  • North East Point (NEP) Guernsey and Pointe de Rozel (ROZEL)
  • Guernsey and Roches Douvres Lighthouse
  • Guernsey and 49N direction Dinard
  • Other route availability:

    Clearance is normally available to route between Guernsey and the North or Western Zone boundary (50N/3W) subject to the status of any Danger Area Activity.


    Standard routes established for Jersey:

    Standard Routes have been established between:

  • Jersey's North West Corner (NWC) or Fremont TV Mast (TVMST) and Cap de la Hague (CDLH)
  • Jersey's North West Corner (NWC) or Fremont TV Mast (TVMST) and Pointe de Rozel (ROZEL)
  • Jersey's North West Corner (NWC) or Fremont TV Mast (TVMST) and Carteret lighthouse (CART)
  • Jersey's South East Corner (SEC) and Carteret lighthouse (CART)
  • Jersey's South East Corner (SEC) and St. Germain (GERM)
  • Jersey's South East Corner (SEC) direction Granville (GV)
  • Jersey and Minquies (MINQI)
  • Jersey and Saint Brieuc (SB)
  • Other route availability:

    Clearance is normally available to route between St Brieuc (SB) and Corbiere Lighthouse (CORB)

    Clearance is normally available between Jersey, Guernsey (GUR) and 50N/3W in the direction of Berry Head (BHD) although during periods of high traffic workload Pilots may experience extensive track deviations in order to route around or over airspace delegated to Guernsey Approach Control.

    Please Note: No standard route exists between Jersey and Cap de la Hague, Pilots should expect zone entry clearance via the standard routes at Pointe de ROZEL, CARTerate Lighthouse or St GERMain, however, a more direct clearance via Cap de la Hague may be offered by the Controller subject to sector workload and traffic complexity.

     

    Standard INTER-ISLAND Routes:

    Standard Routes have been established between the islands as follows:

  • Jersey to Guernsey - initial claerance limit will be St. Martins Point
  • Guernsey to Jersey - initial clearance limit will be North West Corner (NWC)
  • Alderney to Jersey - initial clearance limit of North West Corner (NWC)
  • Jersey to Alderney (Runway 26) - clearance limit will be Alderney Lighthouse
  • Jersey to Alderney (Runway 08) - clearance limit will be Casquets Lightouse(CASQ) [CAUTION R095]
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    Pilots remain responsible for obtaining information regarding the status of any Danger Area Activity and/or for requesting a Danger Area Crossing Service from the appropriate Air Traffic Service Provider. Pre-flight information regarding the status of the Danger Areas north of the CICZ may be obtained from Plymouth Operations Tel:+44 (0)1752 557550. Danger Area Crossing Service DACS: Plymouth Military on 124.150 MHz when open.

     

    The restricted areas at Cap de la Hague and Cap Flamenville are strictly policed by the French Military and Pilots should exercise due diligence when routing in the vicinity of these areas.

     

    Visual Reference Points   VOR/DME Fix VOR/DME Fix VOR/DME Fix  
    NAME Position JSY GUR DIN Acceptable VFR
    Flight Plan
    Abbreviation*
    Alderney Lighthouse 494345N 0020951W   045°/24.5nm    
    Cap de la Hague 494300N 0015600W 011°/30nm 061°/31nm   CDLH
    Carteret Lighthouse 492224N 0014824W 048°/13nm 100°/31nm   CART
    Casquets Lighthouse 494324N 0022242W 340°/33nm 030°/19nm   CASQ
    Corbiere Lighthouse 491047N 0021500W 256°/8nm 141°/21nm 352°/36nm CORB
    Fort Le Marchant 493032N 0023107W   039°/5.5nm   FORT
    Fremont TV Mast (812ft amsl) 491506N 0020753W 301°/3nm 124°/21nm   TVMST
    Hanois Lighthouse 492606N 0024209W   269°/3.9nm    
    Heauville 493459N 0014807W 026°/24nm 077°/33nm   HVLLE
    Herm Island 492818N 0022655W   072°/6.4nm    
    Granville Airport 485258N 0013350W 139°/28nm   052°/27nm GV
    Roche Douvres Lighthouse 490619N 0024853W 260°/31nm 206°/21nm 320°/43nm ROCHE
    Minquies 485800N 0020800W 195°/16nm 149°/34nm 358°/22nm MINQI
    Noirmont Point Lighthouse 490955N 0021005W 238°/6nm     NMONT
    North West Corner 491530N 0021450W 289°/8nm 130°/18nm   NWC
    St. Germain 491400N 0013800W 012°/30nm 012°/30nm 028°/43nm GERM
    South East Corner 491600N 0020900W 176°/3nm 129°/28nm 007°/35nm SEC
    St. Martins Point 492518N 0023142W   109°/3.1nm    
    Pointe de Rozel 492859N 0015059W 029°/18nm 087°/30nm   ROZEL

    * These Flight Plan route abbreviations should only be used when filing a VFR flight plan for entering or departing the CI CTR. They may not be recognised by any other Air Traffic Control unit or Service Provider in which case normal ICAO Flight Plan route identifiers must be used.