My name is Manuel and I'm from Berlin, Germany. Last summer I flew with 2 fellows in a C-172 VFR to Portugal and on our tour back I made a damn fool mistake. We came from Vigo (ESP) and made a fuelstop in Santanter (ESP) and crossed then the border for destination Bordeaux. As you might know, south of LFBD is the Z.I.T "le barp" and I flew through it on descent to LFBD. Although we made a detailed flight planning, filed a flight plan, where on steady radio contact (in this moment with aquitaine approach, which said nothing (!)) I crossed "le barp" in 1900ft instead of 3500ft.
After landing Gendarmerie nationale picked me up, when we reached our parking position and told me about the infringement. I followed them to there office and had to write a report, had to make clear that it was unintended. after some time and some telephone calls they let me go, with the advice to get back the licence tomorrow when the rest has been clarified. The next day I got my licence back after some signatures and the police agent told me after my request that I don't have to expect any further consequences.
Half year later on 31.12 I got a letter from the Ministere de L'ecologie, de L'energie, du developpement durable et de la mer with some copies like radar extracts, copies of my report I wrote in merignac and so on. They told me filling in two further form sheets (again a "statement of the crew member involved") and send it back within the next 30 days.
Now my questions:
do you think I could be lucky with this mistake and that I won't have any further consequences when I really make clear that it was undeliberatelly?!
May I answer in German or English, because the whole letter is written in French, altough I can't speak French? (sry, guys )
How are ZIT infringements normally treated?!?! Is there a chance to get of it fairly lightly?!
hope you foreign flying fellows can help me
best greetings to France and many happy landings