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.

With approximately 26% of Scotland’s population living in remote or rural areas spread across 69% of the land mass, service delivery can encounter constraints which contributes to treatment inequity. NHS Scotland encompassing the Territorial Boards and Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) views the adoption of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones as an opportunity to transform the patient experience and reduce the impact of traffic congestion and CO2 emissions.

The project will deliver a Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for the transition to fully integrated UAS operations at a national level. This specific workstream, led by NATS will develop and publish a phased approach outlining proposed airspace constructs and detailing regulatory and technology gaps required to enable the transition. Elements of this CONOPS will be validated through live flight operations, differentiating CAELUS from other projects by seeking to move the industry forward by proposing and validating a method of operations that are fully integrated and sustainable.

We aim to utilise volumes of segregated airspace across Scotland in a total of 5 locations to enable us to prove elements of our proposed future concept of integrated airspace. For this proposal, we intend to fly in the Ayrshire & Arran region representing use cases for West NHS Innovation board and Scottish Ambulance Service. The use cases will require the airspace to be in place for a maximum of 8 weeks with expected flying during 4 of those weeks. Our proposal is that we activate the segregated airspace for limited duration. The airspace dimensions and duration of activation will be informed by stakeholder feedback. This segment of flying will be undertaken by Skyports. A system of ADS-B Receivers will be deployed to demonstrate an additional layer of situational awareness to the UAV pilot along the flying routes and contribute to the Detect and Avoid solutions that will form part of the demonstrations.

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Decide Gateway

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

CAA response to Decide Gateway

19/03/2024 - Following the publication of the revised CAP 1616 airspace change process, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has published the revised requirements and guidance for temporary and trial airspace change proposals, CAP 1616g. This ACP will continue to follow the process requirements as set out in CAP 1616 Version 4.

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Documents for this proposal (21 documents)

Re-engagement on timeline, SUACS and reduced routing (1.9MB PDF)

Step 4 - Engagement Evidence

Date added: 06 June 2024

ACP-2022-103 Timeline Change Request (208.8kB PDF)

Decide Gateway - Timeline Agreement

Date added: 24 May 2024

ACP-2022-103 ACP Resubmission V2 (500.2kB PDF)

Decide Gateway - Engagement Evidence

Date added: 08 May 2024

6) ACP 2022 - 103 Appendix 3 Section C (1.1MB PDF)

Step 4 - Engagement Evidence

Date added: 04 January 2024

5) ACP 2022 - 103 Appendix 3 Section B (5.6MB PDF)

Step 4 - Engagement Evidence

Date added: 04 January 2024

4) ACP 2022 - 103 Appendix 3 Section A (2.3MB PDF)

Step 4 - Engagement Evidence

Date added: 04 January 2024

3) CAELUS ACP 2022-103 Appendix 2 (325.6kB PDF)

Step 4 - Engagement Evidence

Date added: 04 January 2024

2) CAELUS ACP 2022-103 Appendix 1 (461.8kB PDF)

Step 4 - Trial Plan

Date added: 04 January 2024

1) CAELUS N2 ACP 2022-103 AIC DRAFT (1) (195.0kB PDF)

Step 4 - Other

Date added: 04 January 2024

0) CAELUS ACP 2022 - 103 Submission (2.0MB PDF)

Step 4 - Trial Plan

Date added: 04 January 2024

ACP-2022-103 Timeline Change Request (198.4kB PDF)

Step 1 - Timeline Agreement

Date added: 19 December 2023

Revised Stakeholder Materials V3.0 (2.7MB PDF)

Step 1 - Other

Date added: 18 September 2023

New agreed timeline proforma (213.2kB PDF)

Step 1 - Timeline Agreement

Date added: 14 September 2023

Revised Proposal after Stakeholder Engagement (9.2MB PDF)

Step 1 - Other

Date added: 30 June 2023

Stakeholder Engagement Materials V1.0 (11.6MB PDF)

Step 1 - Other

Date added: 24 May 2023

Assessment Meeting Presentation (4.8MB PDF)

Step 1 - Other

Date added: 21 May 2023

Assessment Meeting Minutes (315.6kB PDF)

Step 1 - Assessment Meeting Minutes

Date added: 21 May 2023

Assessment Meeting Agenda (84.8kB PDF)

Step 1 - Assessment Meeting Agenda

Date added: 28 April 2023

Statement of Need DAP1916 (174.0kB PDF)

Step 1 - Statement of Need

Date added: 11 January 2023

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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.

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