This is to vent frustration with a flight planning restriction.
I fly a lot between Poznań and Faro. 1394NM great circle and 1440NM (3% overhead) with the usual route.
This summer however, Eurocontrol invented the following restriction:
meaning flights from (Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland) flying to (Italy, Spain, Portugal, Morocco) can’t fly through south of Germany.
My flights which were normally between 3:15 and 3:30 now take 4 hours. Here’s what they look like (actual tracks):
There’s more restrictions like that and they’re all about EDUUUTA. I don’t think there’s traffic congestion at the flight levels we fly (450/470). What is it then? Staff shortage?
Most probably staff shortage. EDUU/FRA/SOUTH UTA is from 310-660, lots of traffic below your levels but talking to the same sector. :/
Totally off topic, but I’m fascinated with the Polish names for Germany and Italy shown on the map. What’s their etymology?
For Germany and/or Germans, the same root (-nem-/-niem-) is used in most Slavic languages.
Usually: staff shortage = industrial action
Almost reads like you should file EPMO as the departure AD… EPPO to EPMO is surely less overhead?
I guess it would be better to stop along the route rather than fly in the opposite direction to Modlin or Warsaw. Maybe Dresden or Luxembourg for some cheap fuel. A stop with approach, refueling and takeoff would need to go really well to take less than the 30 minutes we’re adding.
Most probably staff shortage. EDUU/FRA/SOUTH UTA is from 310-660, lots of traffic below your levels but talking to the same sector. :/I see that autorouter is now showing these “potential” delays on most routings through France too, although sometimes it is specific about the applicable altitude slice and sometimes not. Is there a readily available location where the corresponding altitude limits for each of these acronyms is shown?
EDUU has been like that for a very long time.
Several sectors regulated due to capacity and staffing,
Donau sector (FL355+) due to Weather (turbulence).
Also just checked the RAD, apparently will be valid till October.