Paralympic Airspace Modification Notice

Mar 3, 2010

March 3, 2010

Since the last Communiqué (January 2010), the 21st Winter Olympic Games have come and gone without significant airspace incidents.

Olympic designated airspace went live on January 29, 2010 at 0001hrs with full airspace
control measures becoming mandatory to operate within the controlled or restricted
airspace. To date there has been in excess of 60,000 aircraft movements throughout the
lower mainland with only a few minor incursions into the airspace with absolutely no
outright breaches.

This success is directly attributable to the unprecedented outreach which was done with
industry and local operators throughout British Columbia. It is because of the
cooperation of the local and provincial operators that the Integrated Security Unit met
with its planning partners to discuss the reduction of airspace restrictions during the
Paralympic Games considering scaling from medium to low security measures.

As a result of reviewing the Olympic Aviation Security Plan, the V2010 Integrated
Security Unit airspace restrictions will be adjusted as of midnight March 12, 2010,
shortly after the Opening Ceremonies for the Paralympic Games. Air space restrictions
above Paralympic venues will continue. Operators will still need to consult their
NOTAMs regarding operations within these zones until the closing of the Paralympic
Athletes’ Village on March 24, 2010. However, the rest of the Olympic designated
airspace will be free from restrictions.

The aviation planning team would like to thank each and every one of you and your
respective organizations for your part in keeping the Olympic skies safe during this once
in a lifetime Canadian event!

Any inquiries regarding this communiqué can be directed to:
Sgt. Cam Kowalski at