UK RTF procedures for VFR aircraft are cumbersome. For example the requirement in CAP413 for the transmission of point of departure and destination when requesting any ATC service is irrelevant and contrary to the procedures published in the UKAIP. However, the CAP413 procedure is enforced rigorously by many ATC units causing congestion and reducing the availability of services.
Efficient access to airspace for VFR aircraft requires RTF procedures that are short and simple such that they can be used effectively and confidently by the private pilot. Reduced flying rates caused by increased costs are reducing skills and recent practice increasing the importance of these characteristics. Simplified and improved UK RTF procedures need to be developed and effective refresher training provided to maintain adequate RTF skills which in turn will lead to improved safety.
FASVIG would review RTF procedures and VFR pilot skills and propose improvements to enhance efficiency and safety.