Temporary Restricted Airspace for Soccer World Cup 2010
This has been discussed on the web already, but to clarify the position
here is what the CAA document “AIRAC AIP SUPPLEMENT S044/1006 MAY 2010”
on restricted airspace is understood to mean over the duration of the
Soccer World cup in SA and specifically for RC activities.
All airspace within 5 Nautical miles of stadiums
that are holding matches on that specific day has a Temporary Restricted Airspace
ban on all RC activity( as well as others airborne craft).
As below point 3.3:
3. Temporary Restricted Airspace
3.1 Temporary restricted airspace is declared around venues within
which the movement of aircraft will be controlled by the SAAF.
Apart from standard screening and authorization processes,
pilots will have to obtain permission to enter these restricted airspaces
on the Venue Control frequency, as published in this Supplement.
These airspaces will be active at specific time periods, as indicated,
and entry into these areas will be limited during these periods and
only allowed in exceptional circumstances.
3.2 No training flights or recreational flights will be allowed in the vicinity
of or inside these airspaces during the times that these airspaces are active.
3.3 No radio-controlled devices may be operated in the vicinity of or
inside these airspaces during the times that these airspaces are active.
What this translates to for the sloping community, is that the Signal Hill slope site
will be closed to slope soaring on the relevant dates and times that are mentioned
in the CAA document and herewith quoted:
16. Temporary Restricted Airspace: Greenpoint Stadium
16.1 A circle radius 5NM centered at S335418.95 E0182431.03 (Greenpoint Stadium) extending from GND to 2500FT AMSL (lower limit of the Cape Town TMA A).
16.2 Clearance to enter this Temporary Restricted Airspace can be obtained on frequency 132.25 MHz, Callsign Greenpoint Venue Control.
16.3 Temporary Restricted Airspace Greenpoint Stadium is valid on the following times:
· Between 0930 and 1430 on 21 June 2010
· Between 1200 and 1700 on 3 July 2010.
· Between 1630 and 2130 on 11, 14, 18, 24 and 29 June 2010, and 6 July 2010.
Naturally these types of limitations would extend to all the clubs in South Africa that have
RC sites within the 5NM limit on the dates and times as specified in the CAA document.
Note that there is mention of an Air Defence Identification Zone,
but this only applies to full size aircraft, and extends to 50NM.
So please take note that should you choose to run up to Signal Hill
on any of those days and times mentioned and toss off your prize glider,
you may well feel the wee tap of law enforcement on your shoulder and be in for
a bit of a ride to the cop shop, or worse.
It seems that Chapmans Peak, Kommetjie and Red Hill slope sites are all well
out of the 5NM zone and therefore RC Slope Soaring can continue at these sites
unabated through this winter period.
Phew! PSS festival is safe and good to go!