in Aerospace

Airspace User Portal to be suspended

Posted 8 April 2020 · Add Comment

From 30th April 2020, drone users, General Aviation pilots and those submitting Non-Standard Flight (NSF) applications will no longer be able to do so via the Airspace User Portal (AUP), so after that date, users should revert to the original notification process detailed in the UK AIP and published by the CAA.

Courtesy NATS

The decision to suspend the AUP is part of NATS’ response to the dramatic impact on the wider aviation industry of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Demand from GA users and drone operators for the portal has fallen and is expected to fall further as the COVID-19 restrictions continues.

The AUP was introduced in January 2018 to cater for an increasing number of users requiring access to controlled airspace and following changes in UK regulation governing the use of drones. It was designed as an easy, practical and streamlined application for flight requests to approving authorities.

It is a world-first in electronic approvals for drone, private pilot and non-standard flights, and the evaluation period has been successful in proving its technical and operational capability including safety assurance and cyber security. Since its introduction, thousands of flight requests have been made and approved and NATS had identified how it could be implemented more widely across the operation.

Juliet Kennedy, NATS’ Operations Director, said: “During this uncertain time, NATS’ priority is to protect the critical operation on which the country depends so we must make other cutbacks where we can. With significantly reduced demand at this time, the end of the AUP’s evaluation period is a natural point to suspend it.

“The AUP has been a huge and successful partnership with Altitude Angel and I’d like to thank them for their support, investment and ongoing commitment. NATS remains committed to supporting UTM and the full integration of drone flights into UK airspace.”

Richard Parker, CEO and founder of Altitude Angel, added: “We understand the pressures this unprecedented pandemic has put on all businesses, particularly those in the aviation industry. We remain supportive of NATS’ situation, fully committed to supporting the CAA, UK airports and the UK drone economy. We look forward to continuing to work with NATS to enable electronic UTM services to support the UK drone industry once the pandemic has passed.”

From 30th April 2020, will no longer be available. After this date, General Aviation pilots and users requesting Non-Standard Flights (NSFs) in Controlled Airspace should revert to instructions contained within AIP ENR 1.1 section 4.1 and on the NATS website

More details on the process for drone pilots and other airspace users will follow. NATS will continue to ensure that all airspace user needs are met. 


* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Latest News

EasyJet to resume flying from 15th June

EasyJet’s has announced plans to resume some flights from 15th June, including the airline's daily services between Glasgow, London Gatwick and Belfast airports and resume flights across its European network in France from Nice,

£1m available to support MoD innovation priorities

Defence Innovation funding has been set aside for civil sector support of the innovation priorities of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

WTTC launches safe travel protocols

The London headquartered World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has today unveiled the second phase of measures to rebuild global consumer confidence to encourage the return of air travel and tourism.

Nasmyth CE attains JOSCAR accreditation

Nasmyth CE, a Trading Company of Nasmyth Technologies Ltd, has achieved JOSCAR Accreditation.

New report reveals UK as world leader in online safety innovation

A new report published yesterday, shows that the UK’s rapidly-growing safety tech sector is helping make the online world safer for millions of people.

HMS Queen Elizabeth steps closer to maiden operational deployment

HMS Queen Elizabeth is one step closer to being able to deploy on global operations after completing the first stages of Operational Sea Training.

Atkins SK1405170620
See us at
SMI favws BT0602040620DVD 2020