Enabling BVLOS RPAS operations from Keevil Airfield, Wiltshire

Closes 24 Aug 2022

Opened 1 Jun 2022

Overview

This Portal aims to provide stakeholders with the information that they require in order to fully understand the MOD’s proposal to facilitate Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operation of Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) from Keevil Airfield, Wiltshire.

This Portal allows stakeholders to provide feedback on the airspace options proposed in the consultation document. The consultation document, as well as all supporting documentation can be found below. All other documentation relating to this airspace change proposal to date can be found on the CAA Airspace Change portal, a link to which can be found at the bottom of this page.

After previous engagement with stakeholders during previous stages as well as the Options Apprsaisals of each airsapce design option the Sponsor is seeking consultation on two Danger Area options. Option 1 (to utilise the extant Drop Zone) was discounted during the Full Options Appraisal (linked below). Therefore Options 2 and 3 remain and are as follows:

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Why your views matter

The MOD would like the views of a wide range of stakeholders including:

  1. Local aviation stakeholders
  2. Local communities
  3. NATMAC organisations

The purpose of this consultation period is to provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to comment on the proposed airspace design options. This feedback will be collated and analysed by the Sponsor and help to shape the final proposal that will be submitted to the CAA.

The key themes that the Sponsor is seeking to answer through consultation include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • The preferred airspace option to achieve airspace segregation
  • The perceived effect of this proposal (positive or negative)
  • Key concerns for stakeholders
  • Mitigating factors that could be employed to minimise impact

The consulation period will commence on Wednesday 1st June and conclude on Wednesday 24th August 2022

Virtual Meetings

For those wishing to attend the virtual meeting on Tuesday 28th June at 1400hrs please use the Microsoft Teams link below to join:

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Events

  • Virtual meeting

    From 15 Jun 2022 at 14:00 to 15 Jun 2022 at 15:30

    A virtual meeting will be held on Microsoft Teams.

    A Microsoft Teams link will be published here for stakeholders to join before the meeting.

  • ACP Roadshow - Steeple Ashton Village Hall

    From 17 Jun 2022 at 13:00 to 17 Jun 2022 at 17:00

    An open day will be held at the Steeple Ashton Village Hall, Church Street, Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire, BA14 6EW.

    Presentations will be given at 1300hrs and 1500hrs.

    Lights refreshments will be provided.

  • Virtual meeting

    From 28 Jun 2022 at 18:30 to 28 Jun 2022 at 20:00

    A virtual meeting will be held on Microsoft Teams.

    A Microsoft Teams link will be published here for stakeholders to join before the meeting.

  • ACP Open Day - Larkhill

    From 29 Jun 2022 at 10:00 to 29 Jun 2022 at 14:00

    An open day will be held at Horne Barracks, Larkhill, Wiltshire, SP4 8QE.

    The intent of the visit is to introduce RPAS to stakeholders and discuss the airspace requirements.

    If you wish to attend this open day please email 47RA-Project-LOVERIDGE@mod.gov.uk and further details on the event will be sent out. This is limited to 60 places and will be offered on a first-come first-served basis.

  • ACP Roadshow - Steeple Ashton Village Hall

    From 19 Jul 2022 at 13:00 to 19 Jul 2022 at 17:00

    An open day will be held at the Steeple Ashton Village Hall, Church Street, Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire, BA14 6EW.

    Presentations will be given at 1300hrs and 1500hrs.

    Lights refreshments will be provided.

  • Virtual meeting

    From 21 Jul 2022 at 18:30 to 21 Jul 2022 at 20:00

    A virtual meeting will be held on Microsoft Teams.

    A Microsoft Teams link will be published here for stakeholders to join before the meeting.