Main Olympics airspace restrictions coming to an end on 15/16 August, but some restrictions remain
Airspace offload options being used during the Olympics
RAF Northolt will be ‘Temporarily closed to/for civilian operations/movements 2000hrs on 25Jul until 0800 hrs on 14 Aug’
NATS London 2012 Olympic Airspace Computer Based training package
The London 2012 Olympic Games period will see a large predicted increase in traffic flying in UK airspace. In preparation for this event new routes and procedures have been developed; these include new temporary controlled airspace, restricted/prohibited security airspace and a new service only available for aircraft flying outside controlled airspace in the London area (ATLAS Control, provided by the military). There are also changes to the slot coordination system with 40 airfields around London now being subject to mandatory ACL slot bookings.
NATS has produced a computer based training package to highlight these new procedures – the package can be accessed via the links below and is made up of four short modules. The first provides an overview of the airspace during the London Olympic Games and identifies the applicable dates. The other three modules cover route information for arrivals into specific airfields. For the majority of commercial traffic there will be no change to existing UK routings and procedures.
The training material does not replace any official NOTAM or publication, nor is it certified as suitable for operational use.
The training material can be accessed using either of the following links:
NATS customer website (logon required)
After login, click on the blue “Olympics Airspace” button at the top of the home page.
NATS Public website (no logon required)
As you are ACL has been trialing over the past weeks the DFS flight plan matching system that is needed to be in use over the coordinated period of the Olympics, 21st of July 2012 – 15th of August 2012, inclusive, at all coordinated airports.
It has become apparent that there currently exists anomalies , which if corrected could improve the performance of the flight plan matching system and so reduce the number of potential warnings that may be generated.
To aid all in improving the performance of the System, a short list of corrective actions has been attached below, along with providing some clarity to the importance of the adherence to the slot allocation process.
AIRPORT SLOT ALLOCATION and FLIGHT PLAN MATCHING ISSUES______________________________________________________
The CAA have produced a podcast which briefs pilots on what to do if they find themselves the subject of a military intercept during the Olympics.
CAA news release
PILOTS INFRINGING OLYMPICS RESTRICTED AND PROHIBITED SECURITY AIRSPACE ZONES TO HAVE LICENCES SUSPENDED
Please find below UK Olympic airspace information translated into French.
BBGA attended the Airport Working Group and the Slot Coordination Committee meeting April 2012. See below highlights from the meeting.
- Peak arrival dates for the teams appear to be – 16th July and 23rd July to match the opening of the Games village and a couple of days prior to the opening ceremony.
- 13th August (day after closing ceremony) peak departure day.
ACL have got 2791 confirmed slots, which equates to 27% of the forecast movements figures.
Northolt – still no firm decision on it’s availability during the Olympics. RAF would like to be open, but are awaiting decision on security process for inbounds as the airfield falls inside the prohibited zone.
Gatwick are looking into possibility of extending current 10 day ruling for ad-hoc slots.
Heathrow closed again to BA / non-scheduled flights 18th – 20th May for HM the Queen’s jubilee celebrations (27 Heads of State invited).
UKBA advise there will likely be another strike announced on May 10th 2012
NATS have suggested for fuel contingency purposes that the following be considered as guidance:
- Flights from within EU to UK (flights of 1hr30min or less) – plan on contingency fuel to return to origin.
- Flights long haul to UK – plan on contingency fuel to destination in continental Europe.
As slots are being issued to protect entry/exit into controlled airspace in order to stop “bending of the rules” and therefore potential slot abuse there will be no possibility of filing flights plans which switch from VFR to IFR (and vice versa) within UK airspace. Any transition must take place outside UK airspace.
There will be training exemptions for pre approved IFR training flights by “white listed” training organisations on pre-approved routes only – there will still be a slot issued which needs to be added into box 18 for slot matching purposes, but it will not be taken from the airports hourly allocation.
Three more Olympics airspace warm-up events have been announced. Building on the success of the first File a Flight Plan Day in November 2011 three further events, aimed at preparing UK airspace users and service providers for the major changes being introduced during the Olympics, have been announced today. Included is a test of the full Atlas Control flight planning and air traffic control system on Friday 13 July.
The link below gives an overview of travel in affected areas during the Games. View information for your area.
See the links below for latest information on Olympic arrangements for major airports including some forecasting of potential movements provided in conjunction with DfT
LONDON 2012 AIRSPACE OLYMPICS Newsletter
Key 2012 Olympics airspace messages in German and French.
Flying schools and airfields et al can submit regular / template AFPEx flight plans now and have them checked by the NATS and MoD teams to ensure they are accurate and can be used in confidence come the Olympics. It is important that people do not actually file them (as the system will think they are being flown and there could end up with overdue action). The link below explains how to submit the plans by email.
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – Airspace Risks
Please see below the airspace risk matrix being generated by the CAA as a consequence of their assessment of Olympic activities. The document maybe useful with own SMS review processes.
CAA Olympic Business Jet Workshop
The CAA held a Business Jet workshop on the 13th of January at LGW. This was a well-attended meeting with a good cross section from our community. The CAA focal for this work is Colin Gill and he provided very good information on the day. For those that did not attend please find the following documents that may help your planning process.
For those of you interested in the planning process during the Olympics there will be a specialist workshop with Colin in the afternoon breakout sessions. If that is anything like the session at LGW then there will be plenty of pointers from both Colin and your fellow attendees.
Information and downloads of airspace publications to date can be found at:
The BBGA held an Olympics Workshop at Oxford Airport in August 2011, which was attended by members and industry colleagues from which the following questions were raised.