By Victoria Gaziano
What you need to know about flight planning during the Olympics
If you’re a pilot that will be flying in or near the Restricted Zone during this summer’s Olympics in the United Kingdom you need to make sure you are up to speed on the proper procedures for using the airspace. The Airspace Safety Initiative (ASI) is encouraging people to develop template flight plans of frequently used trips and is offering the chance to have those draft plans checked in advance by the NATS (National Air Traffic Services) and MoD (Ministry of Defense) teams that will be processing flight plans this summer.
What you need to do
If you would like to transit or enter the Olympic Restricted Zone airspace you are required to file and have accepted a flight plan. Currently the majority of general aviation (GA) flights pilots undertake don’t require a flight plan to be filed so the ASI and GA community have been working to encourage pilots to learn and use the system in advance.
What will happen next with your flight planning
To have your flight plans checked in advance by the National Air Traffic Services log onto your AFPEx (Assisted Flight Plan Exchange) flight planning account and submit a flight plan that you intend to use this summer. It is important that you follow the instructions on the website to prevent actually filing a flight plan as if you do it will automatically notify all the airfields on your route and may result in an ‘overdue action’ being initiated. The NATS and MoD teams involved in Olympic flight planning will check each plan and confirm that it is correct or highlight any changes that need to be made.
More information can be found on the ASI Olympics website