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Helipads Approved In South Austin For F1

Updated: Thursday, October 18 2012, 05:26 PM CDT

Have an extra $600 lying around? That will get you access to two helicopter landing and takeoff zones that have been approved by the Austin City Council specifically for November’s Formula One race.

Hundreds of thousands of people, some of them from foreign countries, will converge on Austin for the race.

But how will they get to the track?

That was a topic highlight at City Hall on Thursday. Local leaders gave quick briefings about everything from police protection to the traffic and transportation plan, including the approval of helicopter landing zones in the city.

The two locations chosen are –

  • 300 South Congress Avenue, right next to the Riverside Drive intersection
  • 901 South Mopac, at the strip center that abuts Zilker Park on the east side of the highway
City officials insist everything has been done to make the three-day event go as smoothly as possible, and they say they're prepared for emergencies.

“We're as prepared as we're gonna be, there's never a 100 percent, let's anticipate every single challenge, especially when it's a brand new event,” says Chief Art Acevedo with the Austin Police Department.

The company listed as providing the helicopter rides is Charlie Bravo Charter. Its website lists the price for a ride from the South Congress location at $645.

Officials estimate 300-500 helicopter rides to the track in Southeast Travis County over the entire race weekend.

The race kicks off Nov. 16.Helipads Approved In South Austin For F1

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Fri. Nov.16
Practice 1 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Practice 2 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 17
Practice 3 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Qualifying noon

Sun. Nov.18
Race 1 p.m.

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  • Fri. Nov 16: Flo Rida with Cobra Starship, Austin Convention Center
  • Fri. Nov. 16: Juanes, ACL Live at the Moody Theater
  • Sat. Nov. 17: Enrique Iglesias with Nelly, Austin Convention Center
  • Sat. Nov. 17: Lupe Fiasco, ACL Live at the Moody Theater
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  • Sun. Nov. 18: Official After Party. Ghostland Observatory, Fitz & The Tantrums, The Wailers, DJ Jillian Ann and Tje Austin, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
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