12 MARCH 2012

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Article from BTNews 12 MARCH 2012

Olympics dominate BBGA gathering

The BBGA, the UK’s executive and light aviation industry association's annual gathering at Sopwell Manor, St Albans, was dominated by the forthcoming London Olympics, and how this was being dealt with air traffic wise.  The BBGA are lucky.  Sir Roy McNulty, former Chairman of both the CAA and Short Brothers Plc (now Bombardier) is also Deputy Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority.  He set the scene admirably, explaining that the whole construction project was twice the size of Heathrow T5 and came in one billion pounds under budget, and on time.  There are 19 weeks to go until the opening ceremony.

The CAA chose the occasion to publish a short and informative document “London 2012 Airspace.”  This details airspace restrictions for south-east England during the games, how to access the restricted zone, slot coordination, and the area known as ‘Atlas Control’, split into North and South.  To date only 20% of the predicted bookings have been made, senior executives and VIPs notorious for making late travel decisions.  It was emphasised that it is ‘first come first served’ and that all aircraft would be treated the same including Heads of State.  40 airports are involved. www.airspacesafety.com/olympics

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