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‘File a Flight Plan Day’ to get GA pilots warmed-up for Olympics

PUBLISHED: 17:01 23 September 2011 | UPDATED: 14:10 10 October 2012

In an effort to familiarise GA pilots with the flight planning procedures required during next summer’s Olympics, a one-day practice event is being held in November.


In an effort to familiarise GA pilots with the flight planning procedures required during next summer’s Olympics, a one-day practice event is being held in November.

During the Games, any pilot wishing to fly though the Restricted Zone over the capital and surrounding areas will need to file an accepted flight plan with air traffic controllers before they can take to the skies. File a Flight Plan Day will teach GA pilots what they will need to do to accomplish this.Pilots wishing who have a AFPEx account should log on to



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olympicflightplantrial.co.uk to take part, or use AFTN. Pilots who are not yet registered on AFPEx are advised to sign up as soon as possible. The plan should be similar to one that a pilot intends to fly during the Olympics, but as this is only a test, they will not actually have to fly the route on the day.To avoid disruption to the ‘live’ flight planning system, participants are required to carefully follow several steps to indicate their plan is a test. These can be found in the guidance at



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olympics.airspacesafety.com/downloadsFile a Flight Plan Day will be held on 12 November, from 10:00 until 15:00. More information on File a Flight Plan Day can be found at



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olympics.airspacesafety.com/downloadsFor general information about the airspace restrictions in place during London 2012, including detailed charts, go to



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Comprehensive guidance on filing a flight plan can be found at



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caa.co.uk/cap694 Follow the Airspace & Safety Initiative on



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