Wing Commander Dawn Lindsey was seconded to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to act as the CAA focal point for Olympics’ airspace preparations. In the course of planning it quickly became apparent that the potential impact on Civil Aviation, including the sport and recreational sectors, could be very significant.
Listening to the points raised in consultation, Dawn assisted in modifying the proposals so that security could be maintained while the impact on general aviation could be minimised. With genuine enthusiasm and vigour, and from a standing start, Dawn established an unprecedented level of engagement, communication and trust between the various groupings within the general aviation community, Departments of State and security services. This resulted in Olympics Airspace Control measures that enabled a degree of freedom and flexibility for General Aviation which many thought impossible.