Purpose of this change

This proposal is for a Temporary Danger Area (TDA), for which a scaled airspace change process applies and a change level is not applicable. The detailed process requirements are published in the Temporary Danger Area Policy Statement.

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.

CAA response to Step 5

Documents for this proposal (15 documents)

CAA Decision

Step 5 - Final Regulatory Decision

Date added: 14 September 2021 09:07

ACP-2020-100 Final Decision (REDACTED)

Step 5 - Final Regulatory Decision

Date added: 29 July 2021 10:30

ACP-2020-100_SkyGuardian Engagement Summary Report_Issue 1.2 (REDACTED)

Step 4 - Engagement Evidence

Date added: 06 July 2021 10:55

ACP-2020-100 TDA Delayed Decision Notification (REDACTED)

Step 4 - Other

Date added: 30 April 2021 08:56

ACP-2020-100_Timeline Update_20210414

Step 4 - Timeline Agreement

Date added: 14 April 2021 13:00

ACP-2020-100_SkyGuardian Engagement Summary Report_Issue 1.1 (REDACTED)

Step 4 - Engagement Evidence

Date added: 13 April 2021 14:28

Engagement Summary Report Issue 1

Step 4 - Engagement Evidence

Date added: 01 April 2021 08:09

ACP-2020-100 TDA Submission Issue 1

Step 4 - Airspace Change Proposal

Date added: 29 March 2021 17:14

• Summary of SkyGuardian TDA Webex_9 Feb 21 (REDACTED)

Step 1 - Engagement Evidence

Date added: 16 February 2021 19:58

• Presentation for SkyGuardian TDA Webex_9 Feb 21 (REDACTED)

Step 1 - Engagement Evidence

Date added: 16 February 2021 19:57

SkyGuardian TDA Engagement Letter

Step 1 - Engagement Evidence

Date added: 01 February 2021 19:24

Assessment Meeting Minutes

Step 1 - Assessment Meeting Minutes

Date added: 24 December 2020 12:41

Assessment Meeting Presentation

Step 1 - Other

Date added: 24 December 2020 12:40

Assessment Meeting Agenda

Step 1 - Assessment Meeting Agenda

Date added: 13 December 2020 19:06

Statement of Need

Step 1 - Statement of Need

Date added: 10 December 2020 12:39


Potentially Affected Area

This is the area which may be affected by this airspace change depending on its development. This area may change as the proposal is developed.

Step 5 : CAA Decision

This step has been started

During the CAA Assessment and Decision Step, the CAA reviews and assesses the airspace change proposal. The CAA may request minor changes to the proposal. The CAA prepares assessment papers to inform and provide guidance to the airspace change decision-maker. The CAA then decides whether to approve or reject the airspace change proposal.

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