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BBGA Conference. 6 th March 2012. Scope. The Challenge Slot Coordination Temporary Controlled Airspace Diversions Airspace Restrictions. The Challenge. David Shephard. Uncertain demand and late decision making No new airport provision

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bbga conference

BBGA Conference

6th March 2012

  • The Challenge
  • Slot Coordination
  • Temporary Controlled Airspace
  • Diversions
  • Airspace Restrictions
the challenge

The Challenge

David Shephard

the challenge1
Uncertain demand and late decision making
  • No new airport provision
  • Heavy use of existing airport and airspace capacity
The Challenge

Government’s Aviation Objectives

  • To accommodate all Olympics related demand.
  • To maintain highest standards of safety and security.
  • Contribute to a positive visitor experience.
  • Limit disruption to business as usual.

Aviation demand

(Estimate by Atkins/AL/Shaw Economics (2010))

  • 500,000 + international visitors
  • 120 Heads of State
  • Over 10,000 total business jet movements
  • Peaks around Olympics opening and closing ceremonies
  • Can be accommodated, but only if
    • Use all available capacity, including smaller airfields for business jets
    • Manage capacity efficiently
Broad Strategy

Extending slot co-ordination

Temporary controlled airspace

Other issues

Diversion guidance

Airspace restrictions

slot coordination

Slot Coordination

Lee Campbell

extending slot coordination
Extending Slot Coordination
  • 21 July – 15 August 2012, inclusive – No IFR arrivals or departures without pre-booked slot
  • Implemented by Airport Coordination Limited (ACL) within EU and UK rules
  • Covers 40 airports with potential to impact on South East controlled airspace
  • Linked to acceptance of flight plans


how the system works
How the System Works
  • Review slot availability of the airport on line at
  • Contact the Airport/Handling Agent as appropriate (to allow for parking and handling availability)
  • Airport uses website to obtain slots
  • All slots booked through ACL System are on/off block times not airborne/landing times
  • For General and Business Aviation the Airport receive back a unique slot ID for use with confirmed slots, the slot ID is entered by the operator in field 18 of the flight plan, with the prefix of RMK/ASL: i.e. RMK/ASLGBXXAPVT554300
  • The addition of an appropriate contact telephone number in field 18 is imperative to allow for possible resolution of discrepancies highlighted
  • Submitting a flight plan without a valid slot ID will ultimately result in the flight plan being suspended on the day or a possible heavy fine up to £20,000
  • Applies to everyone, including “state” flights, VVIPs
  • Late changes possible subject to availability – ACL will operate 24/7 during Olympic period
  • Permits for hire & reward flights will only be issued by the DfT on evidence of slots being booked – application forms download from


slot coordination will
Slot Coordination Will...
  • Protect scheduled and non-scheduled traffic from disruption due to congested airspace
  • Facilitate orderly and efficient use of available airport capacity
  • Work with and through the market
  • Encourage operators to book early



General and Business

  • Aviation bookings –
  • As of Saturday the
  • 03rd of March 2012
airports likely to attract demand
Airports likely to attract demand
  • Tier 1 (Main recognised)
    • Heathrow (EGLL), Gatwick (EGKK), Luton (EGGW), Stansted (EGSS), London City (EGLC)
  • Tier 2 (Prime tarmac)
    • Bournemouth (EGHH), Southampton (EGHI), Oxford (EGTK), Coventry (EGBE) Farnborough (EGLF), Blackbushe (EGLK), Lydd (EGMD), Shoreham (EGKA), Manston (EGMH), Southend (EGMC), Cranfield (EGTC), Cambridge (EGSC), Biggin Hill (EGKB), Northolt (EGWU)
  • Tier 3 (Small tarmac or pure grass airfields)
    • Rochester (EGTO), Denham (EGLD), Elstree (EGTR), Fairoaks (EGTF), Wycombe (EGTB), White Waltham (EGLM), Duxford (EGSU), North Weald (EGSX), Stapleford (EGSG), Dunsfold (EGTU)
nats olympic airspace planning
NATS Olympic airspace planning
  • Additional temporary controlled airspace CAS(T) will enable NATS to manage additional demand for IFR flights
  • CAS(T) will be active between 16 July - 15 August
  • Mandatory flight planning routes are in place for many airports for London 2012 CAS(T) period

P111 – THE Prohibited Zone

R112 – Restricted Zone

Other colours are CAS(T)

nats role during the olympic games is to
NATS role during the Olympic Games is to…
  • Manage the increase in air traffic in controlled airspace throughout the period as efficiently as possible, whilst maintaining our high levels of safety and service to existing customers
  • Liaise and provide advice to organisations across industry to ensure a co-ordinated approach to a safe efficient operation
  • Establish a NATS Olympic Operations Room as a communications cell
  • Work with DfT and Civil Aviation Authority to maintain regular dialogue and share forward planning information with key stakeholders such as EUROCONTROL and the Met Office
nats role during the olympic games is not to
NATS role during the Olympic Games is not to…
  • Formulate airspace policy (DfT and CAA)
  • Formulate, implement or enforce the London 2012 security restrictions (MoD, Home Office, DfT and CAA)
  • Manage non-commercial or GA traffic within the security restricted zones (MoD)
  • Allocate Olympic runway slots at the 40 airports (ACL)
  • Assure service quality at airports throughout the Olympic period or make decisions about allocation of airport capacity in the event of disruption (Airport Operator)
  • Flight and diversion planning (Aircraft Operator)
what you need to do
What you need to do
  • Apply early for a slot through ACL
  • Operate the slot correctly in line with the CAS(T) restrictions
  • Familiarise operators and crews with London 2012 Operations (including Oceanic Airspace) for UK civil and security restricted airspace
  • Plan carefully for Diversion and or Contingency Arrangements
examples scenarios for delay
Examples scenarios for delay
  • The UK aviation network faces the potential of significant delay during the pre-opening ceremony period and the Olympic Games if:
    • Security restrictions/ air policing/ air security measures require regulation to maintain safety
    • Weather disruption
    • Non-compliance with Airport Coordination Limited allocated/ coordinated slots
diversion guidance
Diversion Guidance
  • Draft AIC circulated by DAP
  • Business Jet Assumptions:
    • More flexible - scope for allocating alternates according to destination.
    • Less ground infrastructure, less space and potentially less time on the ground.
    • Less commercial impact resulting from directives regarding alternates.
    • More aerodromes are available.
    • A ‘quadrant’ approach is possible.
  • Destination Biggin Hill – Manston or Lydd
  • Destination Northolt – Luton or Farnborough
  • Destination Luton – Stansted or Southend
  • Destination Stansted – Luton or Southend
  • Destination Manston – Southend, Biggin Hill or Lydd
  • Destination Farnborough group – Bournemouth
  • Destination Cambridge – Norwich
  • Others – According to location (quadrant approach) and capacity

Prohibited (P111) and Restricted Zones (R112)

14 Jul – 15 Aug 2012


Screening requirement for LHR, LCY and NHT.

Special Procedures for Battersea


File a Flight Plan

Mode S or A/C SSR

Maintain 2-Way RT

Receive an ATC Service

London 2012 Airspace Restrictions


Restricted Areas

16 Aug – 12 Sep 2012

  • Screening requirement remains for LCY.
  • Special procedures for Battersea remains.

London 2012 Airspace Restrictions

documents published
Documents Published
  • SUP003/2012 – UK AIP information for Routes, STAR’s, holds and controlled airspace for London 2012
  • SUP003A/2012 – Pictorial controlled airspace map
  • SUP004/2012 – UK Government Restricted and Prohibited airspace for London 2012
  • SUP005/2012 – London 2012 SSR Code allocations
  • SUP006/2012 – UK Government Mandatory IFR slot allocation for London 2012
  • 1:500,000 London 2012 Olympic Games VFR Chart
useful links
Useful Links