Commonwealth Games airspace restrictions, local pilots invited to briefing event

Date: 01 April 2014

Following the Government’s announcement that this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will be subject to airspace security restrictions, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has organised a major briefing session for the pilots likely to be affected. The event, which is taking place at the Universities of Glasgow & Strathclyde Air Squadron, 12 Park Circus, Glasgow, on the evening of 23 April 2014, will feature personnel from the CAA and Police Scotland, explaining in detail the scope of the restrictions and the procedures to be followed during the period of the Games.

Details of the restrictions are also available on a dedicated website www.airspacesafety.com/commonwealth, which will serve as the focal point for all information relating to the Glasgow 2014 airspace restrictions throughout the coming months. Any changes or additions to the procedures will also appear on the website and will be Tweeted from @airspacesafety

The restrictions, which will be operational between 13 July and 6 August 2014, affect flights taking place in and around Glasgow, commercial passenger flights to or from Glasgow Airport will be exempt.

A small Prohibited Zone around the main Games’ venues will exclude all air traffic apart from those operated by the emergency services and the official Games’ broadcaster. This will be surrounded by a larger Restricted Zone, into which General Aviation aircraft can fly providing they have ‘notified’ the flight with air traffic control at least two hours before they take-off. Pilots can do this on two dedicated phone lines. The Restricted Zone will be subject to capacity constraints and so pilots may be required to delay their flight. While in the Zone pilots must remain in constant radio contact with air traffic control and be capable of operating an SSR transponder.

There will be additional restrictions affecting Commonwealth Games’ events taking place outside Glasgow, such as the Triathlon in Strathclyde Country Park, the Road Cycle race at Muirhead, the diving in Edinburgh and the shooting events at Barry Buddon.

The Ministry of Defence and Police Scotland will be responsible for monitoring and enforcing the Commonwealth Games airspace restrictions. Aircraft that do not comply with the procedures may be subject to interception by military aircraft.

Anyone interested in attending the event on the 23 April should contact commonwealthairspace@caa.co.uk

Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

For further press information, contact the CAA Press Office on: 0207 453 6030 press.office@caa.co.uk

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Notes to Editors:

The CAA is the UK's specialist aviation regulator. Its activities include: making sure that the aviation industry meets the highest technical and operational safety standards; preventing holidaymakers from being stranded abroad or losing money because of tour operator insolvency; planning and regulating all UK airspace; and regulating airports, air traffic services and airlines and providing advice on aviation policy from an economic standpoint.