Purpose of this change
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 overall objective of Project Arrow is to enable safe, automated BVLOS flights of multiple unmanned aircraft within the coverage area in Reading in Non-Segregated Airspace.
Recognising that the specific functions that need to be tested, and that within this there are specific detect and avoid’ capabilities of the solution, we, therefore, propose the following objectives:
• To verify the efficacy of our chosen surveillance/aircraft detection systems and visual systems to deliver a recognised air picture for the entire area of coverage;
• Proving that the GuardianUTM system has the capability to safely act as an offboard automated deconfliction service using the data
• The recognition of the Arrow Drone Zone and Arrow Tower concepts as approved for automated, BVLOS operations for vehicles that are appropriately connected and comply with our operating specifications and procedures.
• To trial the technology under VLOS, EVLOS, BVLOS Segregated and BVLOS non-segregated Airspace in that order.
Altitude Angel has been working with the Innovation Sandbox for the last 14months, working on the requirements to prove and certify a new type of Detect and Avoid Technology (DAA) that will be used under Future Flight Project Xcelerate
The DAA, once certified, will enable BVLOS Operations in uncontrolled airspace without the requirement for closed airspace and support a more integrated approach moving forwards.
For us to prove this technology, we require airspace that will allow manned and unmanned to be operational while under BVLOS operations and allow the DAA technology to identify and track both types of aircraft.
Operations will be undertaken at 400ft AGL for flights, and we anticipate that the policy team will request the airspace to be surface to 1000ft. We would be comfortable with 800ft. Thus reducing the impact on local GA
The time of operations will be daylight hours only for the moment. Period of 6 Months
As part of this project, we will also be undertaking public perception engagement, noise impact studies etc.