From 30 April 2020, drone customers, Normal Aviation pilots and people submitting Non-Customary Flight (NSF) purposes will not have the ability to take action by way of the Airspace Consumer Portal (AUP). After that date, customers ought to revert to the unique notification course of detailed within the UK AIP and revealed by the CAA.
The choice to droop the AUP is a part of NATS’ response to the dramatic influence on the broader aviation business of the COVID-19 outbreak. Demand from GA customers and drone operators for the portal has fallen and is anticipated to fall additional because the COVID-19 restrictions continues.
The AUP was launched in January 2018 to cater for an rising variety of customers requiring entry to managed airspace and following adjustments in UK regulation governing the usage of drones. It was designed as a straightforward, sensible and streamlined utility for flight requests to approving authorities.
It’s a world-first in digital approvals for drone, non-public pilot and non-standard flights, and the analysis interval has been profitable in proving its technical and operational functionality together with security assurance and cyber safety. Since its introduction, hundreds of flight requests have been made and authorised and NATS had recognized the way it might be carried out extra broadly throughout the operation.
Juliet Kennedy, NATS’ Operations Director, mentioned: “Throughout this unsure time, NATS’ precedence is to guard the essential operation on which the nation relies upon so we should make different cutbacks the place we are able to. With considerably decreased demand right now, the tip of the AUP’s analysis interval is a pure level to droop it.
“The AUP has been an enormous and profitable partnership with Altitude Angel and I’d prefer to thank them for his or her assist, funding and ongoing dedication. NATS stays dedicated to supporting UTM and the total integration of drone flights into UK airspace.”
Richard Parker, CEO and founding father of Altitude Angel, added: “We perceive the pressures this unprecedented pandemic has placed on all companies, significantly these within the aviation business. We stay supportive of NATS’ scenario, totally dedicated to supporting the CAA, UK airports and the UK drone financial system. We sit up for persevering with to work with NATS to allow digital UTM companies to assist the UK drone business as soon as the pandemic has handed.”
aup.nats.aero will not be obtainable from 30 April 2020. After this date, Normal Aviation pilots and customers requesting Non-Customary Flights (NSFs) in Managed Airspace ought to revert to directions contained inside AIP ENR 1.1 part four.1 and on the NATS web site www.nats.co.uk/nsf.
Extra particulars on the method for drone pilots and different airspace customers will comply with. NATS will proceed to make sure that ALL airspace consumer wants are met.