Large Model Aircraft Are Restricted To Fly In Central London During Olympics


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Large Model Aircraft Are Restricted To Fly In Central London During Olympics

By Daniel Baxter

March 11, 2012 - The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Friday advised owners of large model aircraft that they will be subject to the airspace security restrictions being put in place by the Government during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Government has already announced a Prohibited Zone will be established above Central London from 14 July 2012 to 15 August 2012 as a security measure to protect Games? venues.  

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad or "London 2012 Olympic Games", are scheduled to take place in London, England, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012. London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948.

London was selected as the host city on 6 July 2005 during the 117th IOC Session in Singapore, defeating Moscow, New York City, Madrid and Paris after four rounds of voting. The successful bid was headed by former Olympic champion Sebastian Lord Coe. 

The Olympics prompted a redevelopment of many of the areas of London in which the games are to be held ? particularly themed towards sustainability. While the budgetary considerations have generated some criticism, the Games will make use of many venues which were already in place before the bid, including Wembley Stadium, Wembley Arena, Wimbledon All England Club, Lord's Cricket Ground, The O2 Arena, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, and the Excel Centre. 

The CAA said the Prohibited Zone means model aircraft enthusiasts will not be able to operate a model weighing 7kg or above from any site within the Prohibited Zone for the duration of the Games. They will be subject to more minor restrictions during the Paralympic Games from 16 August 2012 ? 12 September 2012.  

The CAA said it will be working with the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) to help inform individuals and clubs in the London area of the details of the Prohibited Zone.

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.

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