Drones Flying at Gatwick | But This Time They are Welcome!

Drones Flying at Gatwick | But This Time They are Welcome!

Hey everyone! The words Gatwick and Drone have become highly controversial in recent years for very good reason! So, when Geeksvana heard about the UTM trials being held at Gatwick Airport in collaboration with Altitude Angel, allowing drone operators to fly missions within the airport FRZ, we had to find out more!

As well as a full explanation of what the trail is and how it helps drone flight, we sit down with Richard Parker of Altitude Angel to discuss their wider plans.

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12 Comments

  1. COUNT LEPPE on May 31, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    On Drone Scene I Noticed Large Blue Circle Around Goodwood Airport On Certain Days ( It Is There At The Moment) Between 7.00 Am / 9 Am ( Danger Area ) Phoned The Airport And Spoke To Very Helpful Person Who Told Me That Drones Were Being Used To Test VLOS Between These Times. If I Wished To Fly On The Goodwood Tundle Just Outside FRZ On Particular Day Subject To Weather Permitting To fly It , I Email Them. First

  2. Andy Cortez on May 31, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    This is great news. Let’s hope it gets as widely publicised as drones and Gatwick were a couple of years ago.

  3. Views of Cornwall on May 31, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Sounds like a really good way ahead. When I flew at Kynance Cove, this fell within the FRZ at Predannack Airfield which is part of the large Royal Naval Airstation at Culdrose. I obtained a named contact (the Chief Petty Officer of ATC) & his email by sending a private message to the airstation’s FB page. It took them a good few weeks to reply, but once I had his details, he was so helpful. He gave me guidance as to what days Predannack was at it’s quietest & exactly what details he needed from me to be able to authorise a flight. I could then plan my flight looking ahead at the weather & get the authorisation in plenty of time in advance so everything could then be sent on to DJI for unlocking. Certainly the system being trialled would have been easier though. Keep up the great work as always

  4. Mike Plowman on May 31, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Great news. Have flown within Oxford Airport’s FRZ. Out for a walk and came across a lovely church and a ruined manor house close by. Just inside their zone, used Drone Assist to get details of ATC, called them, explained where I was, what I wanted to do, what height I wanted to go to and for how long (40m and 10 mins max) and that I’d be flying a Mini 2 sub 250g. They were friendly, understanding and told me I could have a 20 minute slot shortly and they would call me back when ready and asked if I could call them to confirm completion. Called me back 5 mins later to give me a 20 mins slot. I was done inside ten and called them back. Was a remarkably painless process,. Not the busiest airport in the world but has a lot of learner flights etc.

  5. TechTeen on May 31, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    This is a great move forward into the future of Droning! Nice video as always 🙂

  6. TheM0JEC on May 31, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    I’m inclined to wonder if someone might look and find a ‘flight permission’ and try to ‘piggy back’ their flight in that area? Is there anyone thinking about how to spot these flights as well? I think this system is good news for the hobby though.

  7. pril250 on May 31, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    I, as recently as last Sunday needed to fly for a shoot around the Luton airport area and had to apply for a permission which was granted within seconds of request.

  8. George old drone 1950s on May 31, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Thanks for the video I don’t have this problem living in Stoke because the nearest airport is Manchester but love all the videos you put out .stay safe and keep droning 👍.

  9. Drone vidéo & travel on May 31, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Very nice share 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  10. Paul Harling on May 31, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    We did this with Altitude Angels as part of Project Zenith at Manchester Airport. Nothing new then

  11. John Cuppi on May 31, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Good interview.

  12. dave anderson on May 31, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    if these trials are a success and it is allowed throughout the country how long before we get charged for this service thats the question

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