CAA sticking up for drone operators requesting to fly in FRZs

Just had the message below come from CAA via Skywise email. It would seem that there are suggestions that some Airports are automatically refusing UAV flights in FRZs when requested. They have put in a reporting process where you can report a refusal if you think the refusal was without proper consideration.

Good to see that the CAA are supporting drone operators - not some we see regularly!

Small Unmanned Aircraft – Airspace Access Report Form

Following the 2019 amendment of the Air Navigation Order (ANO), we have launched an online form to report instances where access to airspace has been denied to UAS, and where the request may not have been considered in line with the guidance set out in CAP1788 and with consideration of the interests described below.

Users are reminded that the ANO, as amended, gives provision for aerodromes to grant or deny access to Flight Restriction Zones on the grounds of aviation safety, security or any other reasonable interest. CAP1788 has been published and issued to all protected aerodromes.

The form can be found on this webpage here.

The webpage reads

There are a number of areas of airspace within which the flight of UAS is prohibited, unless permission has been obtained. This includes areas around airports (FRZs). In April 2019, the CAA issued guidance to aerodromes to assist with making decisions about issuing permission for UAS operations within their FRZ (CAP 1788) If you have applied for permission to operate within such an area, but believe that this was rejected without proper consideration of the interests described in CAP1788 (i.e. aviation safety, security or other operational interests) then you may notify the CAA through the following online form:

Airspace Access reporting form

The CAA will monitor submissions of this form, but does not undertake to investigate each report. You may not receive further correspondence following submission of this form, however the CAA will monitor trends of reports and act where appropriate and necessary.


Thanks Brian for the heads up

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Common sense does prevail ! ,about time someone was on our side from the point of view of Official Bodies.
Thanks for the Info Brian.

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