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Olympic Flight Controls Come Into Force In London.

Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:19 am

Olympic Flight Controls Come Into Force

Pilots of private aircraft face tough new restrictions on flying over much of south-east England from midnight as security measures are stepped up for the Olympic Games.

They will be banned completely from some parts of central London, and will need to liaise with the RAF if they want to fly in controlled airspace, with military air traffic controllers watching their movements.

Group Captain Rich Jacob told Sky News: "We need to understand what is flying in the airspace above London.

http://web.orange.co.uk/article/news...ic_flight_controls_come_into_force

Anyone effected by this ? Apparantly if you breech the restrictions you will be stripped of your Pilots license so they are taking it very seriously. Alot of flying schools are saying people will just not fly their aircraft for fear of making mistakes and straying into the restricted paths .
 
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RE: Olympic Flight Controls Come Into Force In London.

Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:04 am

Got my last pre-restriction flight in this morning...a bit bracing in the strong westerly breeze but good character building!

Fuss about nothing really. Being banned from the Heathrow CTZ is not exactly a problem for most GA pilots given one is only ever allowed in there with a SVFR clearance and along routes which are well clear of the city. The Rules of the Air in effect prohibit single engine flight over large parts of London due to the need to be able to land clear in the event of an engine failure

In the wider restricted area flying will require a flight plan to be logged and code notification received from the chaps and chapesses at ATLAS before setting off into the wild blue yonder and there will be restrictions on the numbers of aircraft permitted to be in the air in the RZ at any one time, so yes, it does dampen the flying spirit for a few weeks

The alternate strategy that I will be following (between the endless rain showers) is to make use of the daily conspicuous transponder code which will be issued to all the airfields within the restricted zone and just stay in the circuit for a few weeks sharpening up my PFL's, and general circuit handling skills

In terms of loosing ones license...flying into the Heathrow CTZ on any normal day will ensure you are removed from the CAA Christmas card list. Will be interesting to see if there are any busts

It is interesting that one local RAF station is grounding its SEP training fleet for the duration, not because of the hassle of filing flight plans etc, but due to the increased risk of collision in the vertically compressed airspace to the West of London...certainly made me think
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RE: Olympic Flight Controls Come Into Force In London.

Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:22 am

Quoting shankly (Reply 1):
It is interesting that one local RAF station is grounding its SEP training fleet for the duration, not because of the hassle of filing flight plans etc, but due to the increased risk of collision in the vertically compressed airspace to the West of London...certainly made me think

Would that be BENSON because thats on the edge of the controlled zone.They could scoot across town for a week or so to Kidlington or Brize couldn't they ?

I suspect the Helicopter activity however with the Puma/Merlins may increase.
 
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RE: Olympic Flight Controls Come Into Force In London.

Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:41 am

Quoting rutankrd (Reply 2):
Would that be BENSON

Nail on the head old chap. Except its four weeks rather than a week or so, so assume the hassle of moving the whole set up to another base is just not worth it
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RE: Olympic Flight Controls Come Into Force In London.

Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:28 pm

Have they figured out the parking situation for pirvate jets yet? Luton is usually crowed as it is

(I fly corporate jets, chances of me flying into EGGW this week are about 100%)
 
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RE: Olympic Flight Controls Come Into Force In London.

Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:14 pm

Quoting g500 (Reply 4):
(I fly corporate jets, chances of me flying into EGGW this week are about 100%)

Farnborough, Biggin, Oxford, Southend, Brize and Cranfield will be filling up with the corporates....another reason for me and my little DV-20 to stay on terrafirma for a few days as not keen on bumping into a GV
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