Airprox of the Month

‘Is your electronic map really showing you the whole story?’ asks the Director of the UK Airprox Board in discussing the Airprox of the Month for October. A PA28 crossing controlled airspace was given a slightly different track from that originally plotted - as often happens. The pilot subsequently flew through an active gliding site but fortunately one of the launch team stopped a launch which would have taken the glider or the winch cable close to the path of the PA28. The meat of the discussion relates to the inconspicuous presentation of gliding and sport aviation sites on SkyDemon and the potential for overlooking these, especially following a diversion from the plotted track.