Bizav-Dedicated Airspace Planned for 2012 Olympics

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 7:16pm

The UK's National Air Traffic Services has proposed a new airspace structure specifically to accommodate business aviation during the 2012
Olympic Games in London. Under the plan, airspace around the UK capital would be segregated between a restricted area and a prohibited area over central London. Operators must soon start applying for slots that will be required for arrivals and departures at airports across southern and eastern England during the Olympics (July 21 to August 15 next year). The UK government has now granted approval for some general aviation airports--including Cambridge, Northolt, Lydd and Southend--to be open around the clock. London-area airport and FBO managers have said they will require non-refundable deposits for slot bookings. The deposits are intended to prevent operators from making block bookings to guarantee arrival and departure times.

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“"Many years ago, our company founder, Al Conklin, sold a new twin-engine business aircraft to a very successful entrepreneur. He had established a bit of a rapport with the individual and, after the sale, asked him straight out, 'How can you justify the cost of this airplane?' His reply? 'What is the cost of a divorce?'"–David Wyndham, president, Conklin & de Decker”

-David Wyndham