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UAV Consultation report recommends creation of UAV testing zone over west Wales

The Welsh Assembly has at last published its response to their UAV fly zone consultation held last summer. Their recommendation is to apply to the Civil Aviation Authority to authorise the creation of segregated air space in the Option 3. What a surprise!

Option 3 – 600 square miles. Population 50,000 people

The report can be downloaded here.

Responses are made in the report to the many and detailed questions and objections submitted to the consultation, but few answers are given.

One such example:

Comment: In the interests of public safety how will the flight of a malfunctioning air vehicle be controlled and terminated? “

Response: There is no simple answer to this question as procedures in the event of a malfunction will be determined during the safety assessment for each UAV on a case-by-case basis.

“Furthermore, each UAV could have a range of potential failure modes, each of which would be managed in a different way.

“Wherever possible, measures will be invoked to maintain control of the air vehicle, and to ensure that it does not present a risk other airspace users, or to people or property on the ground.”

The report goes on:

“The comments and feedback received from this public consultation,and other information has enabled the Welsh Assembly Government to decide on a preferred option.

“Option 3 was the most popular option, and received support from key stakeholder groups including the MOD, LAA and the BHPA.”

The report concludes:

“The Welsh Assembly is now preparing a formal submission to the Civil Aviation Authority which we expect to submit during March 2010.

“The formal submission will include all correspondence received during the public consultation process, and all other correspondence with stakeholders up to the point at which the formal submission is made.

“The Civil Aviation Authority will independently review the formal submission and associated correspondence and supporting evidence over a 16 week period. At the end of this period it will publish its regulatory decision.

BEPJ will be holding a meeting in the near future to discuss the next phase of our campaign.