Purpose of this change

This proposal is for an Airspace Trial, for which a scaled airspace change process applies and a change level is not applicable.

Skylift UAV, the airspace sponsor, is seeking a temporary airspace change to introduce a Temporary Danger Area (TDA) to facilitate Uncrewed Air Systems (UAS) BVLOS operations in the Solent area. The TDA would be in operation for a 90

day flying period commencing towards the end of quarter 2 2023.

The TDA is required to support the CAAs ambition to migrate BVLOS operations from segregated airspace to non-segregated airspace in a controllable and safe manner and is in support of the Airspace Modernisation Strategy. The TDA

is an enabler to facilitate the CAAs ambitions for future airspace change by providing segregated airspace to support BVLOS operations without approved Detect and Avoid (DAA) capability. The TDA will be used as an opportunity to test

available DAA solutions to support the route to approval with the CAA.

This statement of need supports a 4 year programme of work led by Solent Transport as part of the Department for Transport funded Future Transport Zone (FTZ), Solent Transport is a partnership between Hampshire County Council,

Isle of Wight Council, Southampton City Council, and Portsmouth City Council, and is working with the Universities of Southampton and Portsmouth. This TDA will support the gathering of operational experience incrementally in order to

support the CAAs future airspace roadmap.


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.

Documents for this proposal (11 documents)

Clarification Questions (388.1kB PDF)

Step 5 - Other

Date added: 23 May 2024

Stage 4 Airspace Trial submission (6.2MB PDF)

Step 4 - Consultation Document

Date added: 12 April 2024

Timeline Agreement V3 (209.0kB PDF)

Step 4 - Timeline Agreement

Date added: 21 March 2024

Engagement Letter Supplement (2.2MB PDF)

Step 4 - Engagement Evidence

Date added: 26 February 2024

Engagement Letter (53.5kB PDF)

Step 4 - Engagement Evidence

Date added: 26 February 2024

Timeline Agreement V2 (208.9kB PDF)

Step 4 - Timeline Agreement

Date added: 30 January 2024

Assessment Meeting Minutes (123.1kB PDF)

Step 4 - Consultation Document

Date added: 15 December 2023

Timeline Agreement (119.0kB PDF)

Step 1 - Timeline Agreement

Date added: 30 May 2023

Solent Transport Trial Airspace - Statement Of Need (907.6kB PDF)

Step 1 - Statement of Need

Date added: 15 May 2023

FTZ - Airspace Change Presentation (841.4kB PDF)

Step 1 - Other

Date added: 12 March 2023

Solent Transport TDA - Statement of Need (1.1MB PDF)

Step 1 - Statement of Need

Date added: 04 January 2023


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.