NATS reveals expanded LARS coverage for south-east

NATS has unveiled details of its expanding London LARS service in the south-east. From 11-23 September it will initially extend Farnborough’s coverage to include Kent, Surrey and Sussex, including the airspace around Gatwick, London City and Biggin Hill, from 10.00-16.00 (local time) on 123.225MHz, callsign Farnborough Radar. NATS says it is vital that pilots use the service during this initial phase.From 24 September the service will become fully operational from 08.00-20.00 (local time) daily. In early 2008 the area over Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire including Luton and Stansted areas will receive extended coverage.Depending on controller workload, London LARS will provide a Radar Advisory Service, Radar Information Service or Flight Information Service. Aircraft without a transponder will continue to receive a Flight Information Service but will receive additional radar information.The service will be run from Farnborough Airport, where NATS already provides a LARS service for the surrounding airspace on 125.25MHz, with the support of airport operator TAG Aviation Ltd.NATS calls it a ‘win-win’ situation for all because it’s a free service for pilots and should help to avoid airspace infringements.