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Irish Airspace restrictions in place due state visits

Posted: Wed May 04, 2011 10:45 pm
by trimflyingclub
Due to the planned visits to Ireland by Queen Elizabeth II and President Obama, a number of temporary restricted areas (TRAs) will be necessary within the Dublin CTR/CTA, Shannon FIR and Cork CTR on various dates throughout the month of May. Details of all such TRAs will be promulgated by NOTAM and also, separately on this website. Pilots should check in advance for this information prior to undertaking any flights within the Dublin CTR, Shannon FIR and Cork CTR during May to ensure they do not infringe any of these TRAs.

...from the IAA website.
Any ideas yet what areas are affected, especially within the Shannon FIR? I don't see this anywhere else on the forum yet, if so, please move to correct location.

thanks.
TFC

Re: Irish Airspace restrictions in place due state visits

Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 9:26 am
by hum
The wording of this announcement is a little confusing since, as far as I am aware, the Shannon FIR includes both the surface areas that contain Dublin CTR/CTA and the Cork CTR.
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None of these NOTAMs have been published so far...when they are no doubt all will be clear...

Re: Irish Airspace restrictions in place due state visits

Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 9:45 pm
by StrikeCommand
Does this mean Purple Airspace instead of Green Skies?

Re: Irish Airspace restrictions in place due state visits

Posted: Fri May 13, 2011 3:54 pm
by trimflyingclub
Updates issued by the IAA today (13th).

http://www.iaa.ie/index.jsp?p=93&n=96&a=1054
FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS - Shannon FIR and Control Area, Dublin Control Area and Control Zone and the Cork Control Zone from the 17th to the 20th May 2011 inclusive.

Due to the planned visit to Ireland by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Department for Justice and Equality for reasons related to security has requested the Minister for Transport to establish areas of temporary restricted airspace (TRAs) within which flight restrictions shall apply.

The controlling authority for all TRAs is the Controlling Officer of the Department of Justice and Equality.

A TRA will be in place 30 nm radius of Baldonnel Co. Dublin from the 17th of May continuously until the 20th of May.

A TRA will be in place 30 nm radius of the Curragh area Co. Kildare on the 19th of May only.

A TRA will be in place 30 nm radius of the Cashel area on the 20th of May only.

A TRA will be in place 30 nm radius of the Cork area on the 20th of May only.

ONE Low level Air Corridor TRA will be in place between the Cashel Area and the Cork area on the 20th of May only.

All scheduled commercial air transport aircraft, including charter and cargo operations in receipt of an Air Traffic Service which are departing and arriving at licensed aerodromes within the areas or transiting the TRAs under the control of an ATS Unit are not affected.

Non-scheduled commercial air transport aircraft and aerial work aircraft do require authorisation from the controlling officer of the Department of Justice and Equality (email co-flights2011@justice.ie) to include in the subject line the text "TRA Applications" (not case sensitive). If you do not include the text "TRA Applications" within the subject line-your request may be rejected. You will receive an automatic reply to your email application-THIS IS NOT AN APPROVAL. The appropriate approval if granted will be relayed to the applicant with an approval number which must be included in the remarks section (18) of the flight plan.

There are restrictions on entry and operation within the TRAs on General Aviation operations.

For information on the applicable restrictions within each individual TRA click on the link below to a chart depicting the TRA and a Flight Restriction Notice which outlines the flight restrictions pertaining to each.

For flights which wish to enter or operate within the TRAs and cannot comply with the flight restrictions, a formal request shall be made by email at least 48 hours in advance of departure to the controlling officer of the Department of Justice and Equality, by email to co-flights2011@justice.ie. to include in the subject line the text "TRA Applications" (not case sensitive). If you do not include the text "TRA Applications" within the subject line-your request may be rejected. You will receive an automatic reply to your email application -THIS IS NOT AN APPROVAL. The appropriate approval if granted will be relayed to the applicant with an approval number which must be included in the remarks section (18) of the flight plan.

Any queries with regards to the conduct of flight may be addressed to the Flight Operations Department, Irish Aviation Authority (email fod@iaa.ie) or telephone +35316031117 / 1148 / 1410 between the hours of 0900hrs and 1700hrs local Monday to Friday.


Military Airspace will be active for the duration of the visit and restrictions will apply. The military authorities will issue NOTAMs with regards to conditions & restrictions which apply in military airspace.

Warning
All aircraft flying within the TRAs in contravention of the flight restrictions may be subject to interception or interdiction by the Irish Defence Forces.

Re: Irish Airspace restrictions in place due state visits

Posted: Fri May 13, 2011 10:01 pm
by Pearse1983
Warning
All aircraft flying within the TRAs in contravention of the flight restrictions may be subject to interception or interdiction by the Irish Defence Forces.
Meaning "We have a Cessna and we're not afraid to use it!!" :D

Re: Irish Airspace restrictions in place due state visits

Posted: Fri May 13, 2011 11:05 pm
by Pilot
Am I reading the restrictions correctly? As I read it, all GA (except aerial work) operations in and out of Weston between 17 and 20 May require pre-approval from the Dept of Justice?

Re: Irish Airspace restrictions in place due state visits

Posted: Fri May 13, 2011 11:44 pm
by trimflyingclub
Pilot wrote:Am I reading the restrictions correctly? As I read it, all GA (except aerial work) operations in and out of Weston between 17 and 20 May require pre-approval from the Dept of Justice?

5.2 General aviation operations* shall not be permitted to operate within 15NM of the area centre unless specifically authorised by the controlling officer of the Department of Justice and Equality and in receipt of an Air Traffic Service.

BAL to Weston WST as we know is 3.5nm.

Re: Irish Airspace restrictions in place due state visits

Posted: Sat May 14, 2011 12:18 am
by spider2000
Pearse1983 wrote:
Warning
All aircraft flying within the TRAs in contravention of the flight restrictions may be subject to interception or interdiction by the Irish Defence Forces.
Meaning "We have a Cessna and we're not afraid to use it!!" :D
No, this will mean PC-9M aircraft armed with .5" Heavy Machine Guns and HUD weapons aiming systems.

Re: Irish Airspace restrictions in place due state visits

Posted: Sat May 14, 2011 12:49 am
by RV BLUE
In the States its only flyable if you file a flight plan. I suggest its the same there....seems a bit silly to have to have pre approval from the Justice Department. I guess they mean the police (garda)

Re: Irish Airspace restrictions in place due state visits

Posted: Sat May 14, 2011 11:22 am
by vanman
They have been practising radar guided interceptions with the PC9s, so anyone ignoring the TRAs will find themselves getting a chance for close up view of one. Then an unscheduled landing at a destination not of their choice. Followed by a chat with some unsmiling members of the Garda Siochana.

Re: Irish Airspace restrictions in place due state visits

Posted: Sun May 15, 2011 6:49 pm
by shrtfld
Given how bad the weather has been for VFR flying since the start of May and looking at Met.ie for the next 3 or 4 days, I don't see too many of us being affected by the TFR's - for this week at least.

Then knowing our luck the weather will go CAVOK and light winds from Thursday for a week!!!

Re: Irish Airspace restrictions in place due state visits

Posted: Tue May 17, 2011 7:57 pm
by Bearcat
jayzuz, I'd have loved to give the cub a spin but alas.....

Re: Irish Airspace restrictions in place due state visits

Posted: Tue May 17, 2011 10:27 pm
by StrikeCommand
An Air Corps 172 was busy patrolling Ashford-Rathnew-Wicklow area today for a good 3 hours around lunchtime - was that part of the security circus I wonder?

Re: Irish Airspace restrictions in place due state visits

Posted: Wed May 18, 2011 9:18 am
by michael747
I'd say the queen was impressed, A single 172... no wonder everything was ok

Re: Irish Airspace restrictions in place due state visits

Posted: Wed May 18, 2011 10:22 am
by hedgehopper
possibly the same air corps 172 headed in the direction of limetree and then buzzed clonbullogue airfield for 30 mins yesterday evening , there keeping an eye on the busy airfields !