On the 4th November the CAA approved the temporary changes to controlled airspace for the period 16th July to 15th August 2012 with regard to the Olympic Games. Final changes have now been made to the proposed Olympic Restricted and Prohibited airspace. Temporary airspace has been granted to handle expected increased Instrument flight rues (IFR) traffic into the many airports that visitors will arrive into and now the final task is to make sure that all pilots are aware of the procedures for flight in and around the areas.
The best place for pilots get accurate information from is the Airspace and Safety Initiative web site www.airspacesafety.com/olympics
Pilots will be able to see an overview of the airspace changes at this site with downloads for information.
For instructors or club officers there is a Power Point presentation with notes that you are requested to download and present to your students and club members. http://olympics.airspacesafety.com/downloads
There are charts of the airspace changes so that you can familiarise yourself with them in advance. There will be a special free chart produced in 2012 that will show all the airspace changes in an official, normal to use, format. The charts can be downloaded from http://olympics.airspacesafety.com/charts
Project Pegasus, provides a mechanism for the reporting of unusual activity or behaviour within the aviation environment, believed or suspected to be linked to acts of crime or preparatory acts of terrorism.
Project Pegasus provides for the collation and assessment of all information and intelligence relating to such suspicious activity or behaviour in circumstances that could be linked to criminal or terrorist activity or acts of a preparatory nature. It allows for the appropriate deployment of assets and resources from Avon and Somerset Police and its partner agencies in response to a potential or defined threat.
Project Pegasus' activities in the Aviation environment include:
- Targeting organised crime in the airstream
- Deterring acts of terrorism
- Maintaining a community policing presence
- Providing the first response to acts of terrorism and emergency incidents
- Collecting and analysing aviation intelligence
- Conducting investigations
Project Pegasus Registration
Are you the owner or operator of an aircraft, helicopter, microlight, involved in recreational airborne activities including plane spotting or employed in the aviation industry? Do you live near small airstrips or areas where aircraft can land? If so, please register with Project Pegasus. On registration you will receive a joining pack and subsequent newsletters.
Remember, if you see any activity or behaviour that you feel is suspicious, call us on 101 quoting 'Project Pegasus'. To report a crime in progress or an imminent threat - call 999 immediately.
Register with Project Pegasus
How you can help
As a pilot/owner - by being aware of your responsibilities and complying with them and by being vigilant and notifying us of anything suspicious.
Report Suspicious Behaviour
Contact the police immediately if you find:
- Evidence of unauthorised activity at your airstrip e.g. fresh tyre marks.
- Packages being transferred from an aircraft to a vehicle in unusual locations such as a remote part of an airfield.
- Activity or sightings of aircraft at night or unused airstrips.
- Strangers trying to hire your aircraft - or those belonging to other club members.
- Strangers using, or seeking permission to use, your airstrip.
- Evidence of adaptation of aircraft for concealment purposes.
If you notice anything suspicious or unusual:
- Never involve yourself.
- Never touch any suspicious packages.
- Make a note of any registration numbers, markings or descriptions.
If you have any information or concerns, regarding the above, about your homeport or visiting port, please do not hesitate to contact us