Just a bit of info for anyone wanting to get permission to fly in the Southend (Essex) FRZ. Previously I have always got permission the same day or the day after I emailed the form to them. Today I emailed the form as usual ( I wanted to fly Sunday) but got this reply. So if you are applying, apply early.
Thank you for your email.
This has now been sent for processing. Please advise, there is a 5-day processing time now for Drone Applications. Once this is complete, we will send this back to you.”
I regularly apply for permission to fly in the Coventry FRZ. They have always stated that it will take 6 days to get permission.
I just apply for a week or so at a time, and pick the date depending on weather etc.
I can see how this doesn’t work for all, but I am really grateful that they are very supportive of my requests.
@BudgieUK I regularly get permission from Southend ATC ( I live within the FRZ), but in the past it has always been either the same day or the next day. I have even applied in the morning and had premission to fly in the afternoon, they have been absolutly great. In febuary I got permission granted within a day. But the 5 day thing must be a new policy, not a problem now I know, I’ll sent requests in earlier in future.
@DroneGeek To apply for permission to fly in the Southend FRZ you need to email ATC to get a form, fill it in and email it back. They then email you the permission “in principle”. On the day of the flight you just phone them quoting the permission number and they check with the tower and say if it is OK for you to fly. Then when you are finished you phone them to tell them. Their email address is: LSAAirTraffic@southendairport.com
@OzoneVibe I fly over a new housing estate that is being built, documenting the progress. Usually once or twice a month. I have put applications in at least a dozen times and always have quick responses, and never had any rejected. If the weather is iffy I just select a whole week as the date then if there is a good day it’s just a case of phoning them before and after the flight.
It says that it will take 6-days, and when entering the date required, you pick the date from a calendar. Dates that are less than 6-days from todays date are greyed out, so it’s not possible to enter a date that is less than 6 days away.
Very occasionally, I have received permission within a day or so, but it is for an event that has to be at least 6-days away.
As I live in the FRZ, I frequently have a range of dates booked, and just fly on the dates I can.
I used to do this but now I just request an unlock via the DJI Flysafe website and it usually gets granted immediately. I applied for a custom unlock highlighting the area I want to fly in and it was granted for the next 6 months (assuming it is a DJI drone you are flying of course).
@BudgieUK That actually sounds a better/easier way of doing it. I have to fill in a form and email it to ATC, then they process it and send me an email. I keep a copy of the form with my details filled in, so I only have to enter time, location, and dates. I’ll be booking well in advance in future.