CAA unveils temporary airspace restrictions for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Flypast
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has approved a request from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to impose a Temporary Airspace Restriction around a large military flypast over Windsor on Saturday 19 May 2012 to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The flypast will comprise two separate aircraft formations – nine Typhoon fighter jets open the event, followed later by a large mixed formation which will include two formations of Tucano and Hawk aircraft; The Red Arrows; and aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. In all there will be a total of 85 aircraft taking part in the flypasts.
Two Temporary Airspace Restrictions or RA(T)s will be in force from 09:30 to 11:30 hours (UTC) and from 09:50 to 11:50 hours (UTC) on 19 May and affect a broad corridor of airspace from the South Coast to west London, corresponding to the route the formation will fly to reach Windsor, and then to the north and northwest of Windsor to facilitate the dispersal of the aircraft. The RA(T) can be viewed and downloaded from this chart.
The CAA said the RA(T)s would be necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft involved in the formation as well as that of other airspace users.
The CAA said that specific detailed briefings for the aerodromes directly affected by the RA(T) were taking place. However, the CAA pointed out that procedures affecting the RA(T) would be no different from those put in place for other major flypasts. The MoD will be carrying out practice runs over the west coast of North Wales between 10:00 and 12:00 on 15 and 16 May.
An AIC detailing the co-ordinates of the RA(T) on 19 May and the rehearsals on 15 and 16 May will be published on 19 April on www.ais.org.uk
The CAA urged private pilots based in the South East of England in areas stretching from Denham to Oxford and from Fairoaks to the English Channel south of Chichester/Goodwood to spend time studying the restrictions well in advance of any planned flights on Saturday 19 May.
Sources of information on airspace restrictions for pilots include:
- NOTAMs which are available free of charge at www.ais.org.uk or 020 8745 3451 or 3450 (24-hour facility).
- The pre-flight planning tool by NATS and SkyDemon. SkyDemon Light is also free to use, www.skydemonlight and provides graphical NOTAMS and generates alerts when a planned route crosses controlled or restricted airspace.
- NOTAMs are also available in the form of Pre-Flight Information Bulletins (PIB) using a live database. PIBs may also be accessed through the NATS website, www.nats.co.uk/operational/pibs, should the AIS website be unavailable.
- AIS also has a freephone number 0500 354 802 (+44 208 750 3939 from outside the UK)
Useful information on avoiding airspace infringements is available online at www.flyontrack.co.uk.
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