I am relatively new to flying drones, and very new to Grey Arrows.
I have a question that I am sure members will be able to help me with. I would like to get some drone footage along the river in downtown Leeds, but I see that as a result of the nearby airport, this area is restricted.
I will be using a sub 250g drone at a height not exceeding 50 meters.
It would be very helpful to know if permission to fly in areas like these can be obtained, and if so, how and where to start the process of obtaining such permission.
I have just been given permission to fly in the NFZ of my local airport.
I went to the airport website, and found a link to ask for permission… you have to provide name, phone number etc, as well as the lat/long of where you want to fly, how high, what radius, what time etc.
It was a straight forward process, and I got a response a few days later. I guess it all depends on if they think what you are doing is safe.
There are no “no fly zones”, just restricted airspace which you may need permission to fly in.
One method has already been discussed which is getting permission directly from the aerodrome. Some aerodromes or other flight restriction zones will need you to go through NATS instead though, which will need a longer lead time typically than approaching the aerodrome directly.
If where you want to fly is outside of Leeds Airport FRZ (Flight Restriction Zone), BUT as you say in a Restricted Area you should request permission for a Non-Standard Flight from NATS (National Air Traffic Services). It’s an online form, no trick questions and can take up to 21 days to receive a response. That said, they are much quicker than that.
The website is: https://nsf.nats.aero/. Click on ‘Drone and Model Aircraft’ and it takes you straight to the form.
If you wish to fly within the FRZ then phone Leeds Air Traffic Control (ATC) and they’ll tell you what they need.
If any of this seems daunting - it isn’t! The world of aviation is stuffed with nice, helpful and humorous people who are ready to help. Heck, just look at this website!
I can’t see you having a problem in downtown Leeds as that is Class D Airspace, as long as you have the correct cover for the type of drone you’re flying (ideally A2CoC if more than 250g). Just be mindful/respectful of persons and property. Also note that there’s a NOTAM in force on 2nd July for a fly past which means no Drones in that area.
Pleasure! I’m relatively new to this site too but you have come to the right place. There are some very experienced and knowledgable members here and IF, heaven forbid(!) you have a prang, there’s a repair shop in Brighton offering a discount for members. The info is somewhere here… I won’t dig it out coz of course you’ll never need it!