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.

ANSL is seeking a volume of airspace centred on the Westcott Venture Park in Buckinghamshire for a six-month trial period to create a Temporary Reserved Area (TRA) that would enable the safe integration of Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations with other airspace users. The TRA will be set up in line with the CAA policy concept (CAP2533).?

Skyports Deliveries Limited (hereby known as Skyports Drone Services) shall co-sponsor the airspace change proposal (ACP), contribute to stakeholder engagement exercises, and concept of operations (ConOps) and trial plan development.?

ANSL and Skyports Drone Services have been onboarded into the CAA Regulatory Sandbox (as detailed in CAP2540) to trial the policy concept referenced above.?

A successful project will test and validate our proposals in support of the CAA’s policy concept for the use of TRA’s as an ‘accommodation’ phase that will see the use of appropriate procedures and/or technology to accommodate the operation of UAS in unsegregated airspace; and complete a foundational step towards unlocking a concept of operations to support the extension of BVLOS operations as an integrated airspace management solution in line with the Airspace Modernisation Strategy (AMS).


Step 1 : Assess Requirement

This step has been started

During the Assess Requirement Step, the change sponsor prepares a Statement of Need setting out what airspace issue it is seeking to address. Having reviewed the Statement of Need, the CAA meets with the change sponsor to agree whether an airspace change is a relevant option to consider, and to have a first discussion about the appropriate scale of the airspace change process.

Documents for this proposal (2 documents)

Assessment Meeting - Agenda (132.3kB PDF)

Step 1 - Assessment Meeting Agenda

Date added: 11 January 2024

Statement of Need (473.3kB PDF)

Step 1 - Statement of Need

Date added: 11 January 2024


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.