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.

Skyfarer Ltd (the airspace change sponsor) are a UK-based Unmanned Aircraft (UA) operator leading the UKRI sponsored project 84502 - ‘enabling drone powered medical logistics in the UK’. The project aims to progress the operational capability of drone technology into a logistical use case specifically for medical delivery in association with the NHS. The potential benefits of conducting medical deliveries by drone include reductions in transport times, road congestion and CO2 emissions. The planned trials require Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations between routes that connect Coventry University Hospital, Rugby Hospital and a staging area located near the village of Marton (approximately six nautical miles to the south of Coventry Hospital). The trials would take place over a two-month period commencing mid-August and ending mid-October 2021. Current regulations mandate that BVLOS operations must be conducted within ‘Segregated Airspace’ unless the drone is equipped with an approved detect and avoid (DAA) capability. Skyfarer drones are not equipped with DAA (nor is there currently a CAA approved solution available) therefore, Skyfarer wish to make an application for a temporary danger area (TDA) for the purpose of providing an appropriate operating environment in order to conduct these trials.

CAA response to Decide Gateway

Documents for this proposal (7 documents)

Decision Email

Step 5 - Final Regulatory Decision

Date added: 22 July 2021 08:33

Stakeholder Engagement Summary

Step 4 - Airspace Change Proposal

Date added: 30 July 2021 09:13

Minutes of Assessment Meeting

Step 4 - Airspace Change Proposal

Date added: 22 June 2021 08:15

Assessment Meeting Presentation

Step 1 - Other

Date added: 16 June 2021 09:48

Assessment Meeting Agenda

Step 1 - Assessment Meeting Agenda

Date added: 04 June 2021 09:46

Stakeholder Engagement Document

Step 1 - Engagement Evidence

Date added: 20 May 2021 10:02

Statement of Need

Step 1 - Assessment Meeting Agenda

Date added: 10 May 2021 10:36


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.

Decide Gateway

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At the Decide Gateway, the CAA reviews and signs-off the documentation relating to Stage 5.

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