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Olympic Airspace so far

Olympic Airspace so far

Olympic Airspace so far

The first few weeks of the Olympic Airspace restrictions have gone with only few hiccups.

During the first few days of the restrictions there were problems with capacity for contact with the Atlas control unit but additional capacity was added and these problems seem to have been overcome.

There have been a few infringements of the Restricted Zone and one of the Prohibited Zone. Some of the infringements have been due to pilots believing that they had clearance to enter the airspace when in fact although they had filed a flight plan and made contact on the radio the final clearance had not actually been given. It is important that aircraft follow the prescribed requirements for flight within the airspace to avoid misunderstandings that could escalate.

There have been more infringements of the temporary controlled airspace established to help the flow of traffic into the major airports. Manston, Southend and Farnborough have all reported infringements. All pilots are reminded to plan using the special chart produced for the Olympic period which shows the Restricted, Prohibited and Temporary Controlled airspace.

Although there is a level of increased traffic around the edges of the airspace activity is not as high as predicted. This is probably the result of pilots not wanting to operate near the airspace and choosing to fly away from it given the choice. Traffic levels are generally lower than predicted throughout.

Remember that all the official information is at the ASI web site
And afterwards

There is no doubt that the Olympic airspace has discouraged many pilots from flying during the period. When the restrictions are lifted there will undoubtedly be a rush to get back in the air and traffic levels are likely to be very high. If you are one of those pilots take great care in what are bound to be very crowded skies.

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