PA28 entered the Solent Control Area whilst in receipt of a Basic Service from Solent Radar. The pilot inadvertently climbed above the base of the CTA, after a change of intended route without flight planning by reference to map and at pre-planned altitudes.
- Plan ALL flights, including short or local, by reference to chart and fly a properly filled PLOG to include pre-determined altitudes
- Check GPS map regularly during flight, as this shows CAS
- Focus on situational awareness throughout flight
- Ensure any equipment volume controls are set high enough to enable audibility of any in-flight airspace warnings
(Incident report courtesy of GASCO Flight Safety)