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Airport briefing - VFR


Aerodrome Information

All flights on all aprons should request clearance delivery with Luqa Ground prior to requesting start-up clearance. On first contact with Luqa Ground, pilots must state aircraft type, apron number, stand number the code letter of the latest ATIS information received and current QNH. Clearances will not be issued by ATC for international flights unless a flight plan has been received.

All aircraft should request start-up clearance from Luqa Ground. Requests for start-up clearance shall not be made earlier than 5 minutes before planned start-up. Any delays in start-up should be communicated to ATC as early as possible.

All aircraft must obtain taxi clearance prior to moving from the aircraft stand, this must be read back in full.

Malta Control Zone

The Luqa CTR is a circle of 20 NM centered on the Luqa ARP. The Luqa CTR includes the Luqa ATZ which is as a circle of 4 NM centered on the Luqa ARP, an INNER zone (INNER CTR) and an OUTER zone (OUTER CTR). The INNER zone is a circle of 10NM centered on the Luqa ARP.

The Luqa CTR is further sub-divided into four sectors: NORTH, SOUTH, WEST AND EAST. ATC clearance is required for VFR flights operating in the INNER zone to transit from one sector to another unless otherwise instructed by ATC or if cleared on a standard VFR arrival/departure route. Unless otherwise instructed by ATC, clearance for VFR flights to transit from one sector to another is not required when operating in the OUTER zone.

VFR flights requesting to cross from one sector to the other when the visual patterns are active will be instructed by ATC to keep clear of the Luqa ATZ and traffic information given on the status of the circuit or specific position of the aircraft in the circuit. If required due to traffic in the circuit, aircraft requesting to transit the sectors may be instructed by ATC to proceed via alternative routes not to infringe the circuit pattern.

Domestic VFR departures

Pilots of VFR domestic departures should advise their intentions on initial contact with Luqa GND order to operate in a VFR sector or within the visual pattern.

Luqa GND will clear departures to an altitude of 1500 FT or below on the assigned VFR departure route. Departing VFR flights should expect to be transferred to APP after exit from the INNER zone and ATC will subsequently clear the VFR departures to their Requested Flight Level depending on the traffic situation. For planning purposes pilots should expect to remain at an altitude of 1500 FT until exiting the Luqa CTR if the traffic situation does not permit clearance to higher levels after exit from the INNER zone

If circuit training is planned and approved by ATC, pilots will be advised to expect VFR patterns at the applicable circuit altitude.

Standard VFR clearances for circuit training will be assigned by ATC as follows:

Standard circuit patterns are as follows:
RWY 31 - LEFT HAND circuit
RWY 13 - RIGHT-HAND circuit
RWY 23 - LEFT-HAND circuit
RWY 05 - RIGHT-HAND circuit
Visual circuits for LIGHT aircraft shall be conducted not above 1500 FT.

Due to international arrivals and departures and when required by ATC, circuit flights may expect to be transferred to Luqa APP for vectoring into a sequence of arrivals.

Visual Reporting Points

Visual Reporting Points (VRP) are used to by VFR aircraft in order to navigate by visual "waypoints".
All VRPs of Malta (as of 2020-12-08) are shown in the screenshots below:

Malta VRPs

Malta VRPs gates
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Active RWYs 030° 08KT
IFR: 31
VFR: 05

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