2nd November 2012
Drones are more likely to crash than normal aircraft and the ones flown from Parc Aberporth are no exception. They are not considered safe enough to routinely share airspace with manned aircraft, so on 28 July 2011, new Danger Areas D202, 202A, 202B, and 202C were activated by NOTAM* (Notice To Airmen) to accommodate flights by Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
These stretch between West Wales/Aberporth aerodrome and the existing Sennybridge Danger Area D203. See attached map – click for larger version.
If drones are going to be flying then the airfield or operator has to request that those are activated – so that other aircraft, in theory, know there could be unmanned aircraft about.
So you should go to:
And do a page search (CTRL . F) for “D20” and you will find when they might be flying.
Of course, the weather might mitigate against flying as we have recently discovered
A useful Google Map of the NOTAMS can also be viewed here
NOTAMs are issued (and reported) for a number of reasons, such as:
- hazards such as air-shows, parachute jumps, kite flying, rocket launches, etc.
- flights by important people such as heads of state (sometimes referred to as temporary flight restrictions, TFRs)
- closed runways
- inoperable radio navigational aids
- military exercises with resulting airspace restrictions
- inoperable lights on tall obstructions
- temporary erection of obstacles near airfields (e.g., cranes)
- passage of flocks of birds through airspace (a NOTAM in this category is known as a BIRDTAM)
- notifications of runway/taxiway/apron status with respect to snow, ice, and standing water (a SNOWTAM)
- notification of an operationally significant change in volcanic ash or other dust contamination (an ASHTAM)
- software code risk announcements with associated patches to reduce specific vulnerabilities