The UK Government has indicated that airspace restrictions will be placed around all Games venues. The major restrictions will be centred on London and the Olympic Park and will run from 14 July 2012 to 15 August 2012. A smaller set of airspace restrictions will then be put in place for the London 2012 Paralympic Games from 16 August 2012 to 12 September 2012. All are implemented by the Government through its paramount objective to deliver a safe and secure Games. Airspace restrictions around other Games venues will only be in place for the duration of the event at each venue, in line with those used for major sporting events. Extra security restrictions may be placed on flights at any time.
Prohibited Zone: Aircraft will not be allowed within the Prohibited Zone unless they have undergone crew, passengers and baggage screening in accordance with the relevant aviation security programme, and inbound to or outbound from Heathrow, London City RAF Northolt, Biggin Hill and under the control of those airports or NATS TC or Thames Radar. They must also meet all the requirements to enter the Restricted Zone.
The existing airfields at White Waltham, Denham, Fairoaks and London Heliport will be provided with exemptions to allow both IFR and VFR operations to and from the Restricted Zone. To comply with this exemption all aircraft will need to comply with the requirements to operate in the Restricted Zone. Details of these exemptions will be published in due course.
Pilots should note that the boundary of the Prohibited Zone has been amended since the restrictions were first proposed in March 2011.
Restricted Zone: Aircraft will be allowed to enter the Restricted Zone if they can comply with a set of requirements defined by aircraft type.
Airfields within three nautical miles of the outer edge of the Restricted Zone may apply for an exemption to operate and be exempt from the requirements of the Restricted Zone providing aircraft enter and leave the Restricted Zone via an agreed route. Airfield managers will be responsible for ensuring this takes place. If you wish to apply for such an exemption please fill in the online form. The CAA or DfT will then contact you with further information.
A: No, unless helicopters are flying for the emergency services or Olympic Broadcast Service they will not, with the possible exception of certain routes for example into and out of Battersea heliport, be allowed in the prohibited zone.
A: There would clearly be advantages in allowing the existing operation at Battersea to remain available during the Games period. Battersea is located within the Prohibited Zone, but we are in discussion with the operators to explore whether a case might be made for a specific exemption which would include the implementation of additional security controls and safeguards
Take this link to the Civil Aviation Authority’s webpage about Airspace restrictions.