‘Clear Skies over Bar Refaeli Wedding or Lose Your Job’

The saga over the airspace above supermodel Bar Refaeli's wedding continued on Wednesday – less than a day before the event. 

Last Friday, the Civil Aviation Authority published orders to pilots and airlines, declaring a massive section of airspace over the ceremony as a no-fly zone during the wedding to be held Thursday from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m.

However, on Sunday, amid public outrage, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) overturned the order, instructing authorities to keep the airspace open.

Refaeli and her fiance, businessman Adi Ezra, then reportedly appeared in court on Monday requesting the "no-fly zone" order be returned over the wedding space at the Carmel forests. 

On Tuesday, just prior to Yom Kippur, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) reinstated the order, albeit with limitations. 

According to the new directive, pilots interested in flying above the Carmel forest during the hours of the wedding are to first coordinate with Eden Flights, the company doing aerial photography of the nuptials. In addition, flights in the area are to be limited to up to 3,000 feet.

Katz went ballistic when he heard the news after Yom Kippur on Wednesday, issuing an ultimatum to the head of the authority: keep the skies open, or lose your job. 

The Transportation Authority issued a statement last night, in which Katz told CAA head Joel Feldshuh: "If the skies above Bar Refaeli's wedding won't be open, you will be removed from your post."

"I consider the attempt to go against my policy instructions very serious," the minister stressed. "The skies belong to the entire public, and exclusivity cannot be granted for commercial reasons for high-profile people."

In response, the CAA issued yet another directive, whereby flights over the wedding would be coordinated not by Eden Flights but by a body working within the Civil Aviation Authority. 

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/201012

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