25 JULY 2011

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Article from BTNews 25 JULY 2011

Olympics air controls eased

Following comments by the general aviation community on the harsh flying restrictions suggested by the Department for Transport (DfT) during the period of next year’s London Olympic Games, the Government has made some concessions.

The full airspace restrictions covering the London 2012 has been reduced and will now only involve the Olympic period from 14 July to 15 August 2012.  Separate, geographically smaller, airspace restrictions will now cover the London 2012 Paralympic Games from 16 August 2012 to 12 September 2012.

Special rules are being brought in to cover the Farnborough Air Show which directly precedes the actual games.  Likewise the small airfields at White Waltham, Denham, Fairoaks and the London Heliport at Battersea will be under special arrangements.  This also covers the gliding sites at Lasham and Parham plus Elstree in North London.

In addition to the restrictions covering the south-east of England, other Games venues throughout the UK will now also be subject to temporary restrictions. www.airspacesafety.com/olympics

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