This proposal is for a Temporary change to the notified airspace design, for which a scaled airspace change process applies and a change level is not applicable. The detailed process requirements are published in Part 1a of CAP 1616.
The MOD is in discussion with the American manufacturer General Atomics (GA) and other European nations regarding the potential for GA to bring its Protector proto-type SkyGuardian (Model number UBC97000-1, Tail Number YBC01) N190TC into European airspace during the Summer of 2021. SkyGuardian is a large Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) and it is hoped that it will be able to conduct some test flights and other demonstration activity as part of the ongoing airspace integration within UK airspace during the periods of June/July 2021 through to September/October 2021. In particular, test flights in the vicinity of RAF Waddington where the Aircraft will be based whilst in the UK and the North Sea danger areas as well as other locations (to be confirmed), would be of huge benefit. It is also anticipated that the Aircraft will take part in air shows for the purposes of demonstrations as permitted by the FAA, as it did in 2018. The MOD is also sponsoring ACP-2019-18 however this ACP is separate and only of a temporary nature. Maximum use of existing danger areas around the UK will be made to minimise the establishment of new airspace. Airspace establishment will be kept to a minimum, but requirements may vary subject to flight authorisation issued by the CAA's UAS Sector Team.
As discussed during the Assessment Meeting on 14 Dec 20, it has been proposed to base SkyGuardian at RAF Lossiemouth during September and October 21 in order that it can take part in Exercise Joint Warrior. This will entail a second TDA in the Lossiemouth area. The MOD has made the relevant adjustment to its engagement.