January 21, 2019

World Economic Forum Davos 2019 - restrictions and activity

In 2019, the armed forces will once again support the civilian authorities in the canton of Graubünden in carrying out security tasks in connection with the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). Parliament approved the deployment of a maximum of 5,000 soldiers on these civil affairs support operations from 2019 until 2021. The 2019 WEF meeting will be held from 18 to 28 January.

Main base for our military fighter jets supporting the WEF with CAP's in Switzerland is PAYERNE (LSMP), second is Meiringen (LSMM) !

Air traffic in the Davos area is restricted during the 2019 World Economic Forum (GND to FL195).

Air traffic over Swiss, Austrian and Liechtenstein territory within a radius of 25 nautical miles (approx. 46 km) of the centre of Davos will be restricted from 21 to 26 January 2019. Special rules and procedures that have been worked out by the Swiss Air Force and the Federal Office for Civil Aviation must be observed for approaches to and departures from regional airfields and heliports. Only specified visual flight routes may be flown. All these flights will be subject to authorisation; accreditation of both pilots and aircraft is required for authorisation.

Flights outside the specified routes and flights to Davos also require authorisation, which will only be granted to pilots and aircraft that have been accredited beforehand. Even after accreditation, a request must be made to the air force for every flight. The air force will then decide whether to grant or refuse permission in accordance with requirements and security considerations. Detailed instructions can be found in official publications

The Swiss Air Force will support the civilian authorities with air transport and surveillance flights using helicopters, propeller planes and combat aircraft. Therefore, a considerable increase in military air movements even beyond the canton of Graubünden is to be expected.

As air traffic includes not only helicopters and aeroplanes, all other airspace users are also subject to restrictions that come into force on 21 January 2019. The regulations for model aircraft, UAVs, delta and paragliders are issued by the Graubünden cantonal police.

Restriction times: Monday, 21 January 2019, from 8am local time
until latest Saturday, 26 January 2019, 5pm local time

January 14, 2019

Swiss Air Force Flight Schedule of Emmen and PC-7 Team, 2019

Just for information purposes - I've updated the flight schedule post with the chart of Emmen and the PC-7 Team today ;)

PC-7 Team 2019
FIS Ski Weltcup Crans-MontanaCrans-Montana
Fête des musiques GruériennesLes Moulins
Tag der Öffentlichkeit EmmenEmmen
Heliweekend GrenchenGrenchen
Gewerbe- und Erlebnisausstellung BuochsBuochs
Eidgenössisches Turnfest AarauAarau
15. Flüügerchilbi BeromünsterBeromünster
Züri FäschtSeebecken Zürich
International Gijon AirshowGijon, ESP
Sunderland AirshowSunderland, UK
Huntertag St. StephanSt. Stephan
Flüüger-Fäscht SchmerlatSchmerlat, Schaffhausen
Czech Air Force DaysOstrava, CZ
40. Modellflugtag Hausen am AlbisHausen am Albis
Air & Space Days LuzernVerkehrshaus, Luzern

January 01, 2019

Swiss Air Force's QRA boost it's capacity in 2019

Today is a new big step in Swiss Air Forces Quick Reaction Alert system called Luftpolizeidienst24 (LPD24) - every day in between 0600-2200LT two armed F/A-18 Hornet aircrafts are ready for takeoff in less than 15 minutes. Full day capacity will be available end of 2020.
For us aviation geeks and photographs interesting is the additional night flights planned on wednesday evening, so two times a week now (normal night flight training monday or tuesday (meteo)).