Panel To Discuss Unique Challenges At Cambridge Airport
Some unique challenges facing business aviation in Great Britain
during the 2012 Summer Olympics will be discussed at the
forthcoming Business Aviation and General Aviation Day (BGAD) to be
held at Cambridge Airport on Tuesday, September 20, 2011.
Cambridge Airport Director Archie
"The Practicalities of the Olympics" will feature an industry
panel moderated by journalist Charles Alcock to discuss some
crucial issues facing operators, charter providers, FBOs and the
30-plus UK airports that have been identified to handle business
and general aviation flights for the event, which runs from July 27
to August 12, 2012.
Issues addressed will include when to start security screening
of new employees, the buying in of fuel, provision for aircraft
parking and securing ground transportation. It's not yet clear
which airports are going to be declared 24/7 during the period, and
how and when operators and charter brokers should go about booking
their slots and parking stands at airports.
Industry players have been voicing concern about restrictions
and proposed airspace changes being placed on London airspace
between July 14 and August 15. Separate, geographically smaller,
airspace restrictions will cover the London 2012 Paralympic Games
from August 16 to September 12. Some fear it's too late to get
concessions from government regulators needed by business
During the Olympics all takeoff and departure slots will be
allocated, and slots at peak times will be in heavy demand. The 14
principal business airports in the UK are expected to handle their
existing baseline demand, plus more than 110,000 event-related
operations during the 31-day peak period.
Alcock will ask panelists to discuss whether it's time for
business operators to put aside competitive struggles and work
together to showcase business aviation’s winning edge.
The Olympics panel will comprise: Trevor Jones, Director Client
Relations of business aviation operator Gama Aviation, one of the
largest charter companies with a worldwide fleet of 80 aircraft,
headquartered at Farnborough, UK; David Macdonald, Director –
Private Jets, Air Partner plc, one of the world’s longest
established and largest charter providers; Archie Garden will
represent Cambridge Airport, which, with its long runway and its
proximity to the east of London is well positioned to accept
Olympics traffic; James Cole, Director International of Airport
Co-ordination Ltd (ACL) the leaders in slot co-ordination which is
working closely with DfT and its consultant Atkins on accommodating
Olympics traffic. They will be joined by a senior representative
from ExecuJet, which runs eight FBOs in Europe, South Africa and
Australasia. They will share their experience handling the Davos
World Economic Forums each year and the recent 2010 World Cup in
The one-hour session at Cambridge will take place at 1100z on
September 20 If you wish to attend, register online.
BGAD, a collaboration between EBAN and host airport Marshall
Group-owned Cambridge Airport, UK, has established a reputation as
an informal day, where professionals in business aviation get to
network in a focused environment, and where the aircraft are freely
accessible for up-close inspection.