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Olympic challenge for Air traffic controllers


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According to the BBC 'Around 700 extra airliners and more than 3,000 executive jets are expected to fly in and out of airports in the South East for three weeks before, during and after the Olympics.'

That's a lot of extra traffic in an area which is already operating at near its upper limit where take-offs and landings are concerned.

The big worry (apart from the obvious one) is that private aircraft will stray into the temporarily expanded controlled air space, and give RAF response pilots a real challenge in terms of 'is it or isn't it?' when trying to decide about terrorist threats. Kevin and his wife, out for a quick spin in the Cessna, might be in for a nasty shock as a couple of Typhoons come bucketing towards them at low altitude.

Hey ho, we live in interesting times.

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spuds

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I always thought that it was a very well known fact, that the airspace over and around London was at saturation point. The same applied to airports, and that was one of the reasons Terminal 5 was built, to ease some of the foot and air traffic in the area. Even the doubt about Terminal 5 being able to cope, in now under consideration, and a large volume of extra staff will be required to cut down waiting times, to any were near a realistic level.

Yet it would now seem a case of shock,horror or dismay, that perhaps the organiser's never took the situation seriously under consideration, because the capital city wanted the event. Possibly at all costs?.

If it gets really bad, then they will need to reconsider using air space and air terminal facilities elsewhere, like they have to do on other occasions at times of need?.

At the end of all this, will some of the facilities end up like the Dome. And will it also be a case of the minority benefiting more than the majority, in the short term?.

Lord Coe seems to do very well out of these type of events?.

(Rant over!.)

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Bingalau

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This site might be good if you're interested in watching them all clogging up over Heathrow... Hope the link works! I haven't used it for a long time, but will now have a quick look to see if my favourite airline has landed it's scheduled flight in Alderney.

http://www.flightradar24.com/

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spuds

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More links for aircraft locations, passenger or freight

http://www.planefinder.net

http://www.radarvirtuel.com

If you want to locate shipping, passenger or freight

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais

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Flak999

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Those are some good links! I like watching the plot and then seeing the aircraft I have been following fly over my house!

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john bunyan

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spuds

Excellent links, thanks.

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Bingalau

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I like being able to click on the plane and that gives you all the info on what airline it is,where it is going/coming from etc. Like Flak999 I also follow the ones flying over my house.

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