Aerial Work

Information and guidance material associated with Aerial Work

Aerial work, as described in the Air Navigation Order, means any purpose (other than public transport) for which an aircraft is flown if valuable consideration is given or promised in respect of the purpose of the flight and includes the following:

Aerial Advertising

The Civil Aviation (Aerial Advertising) Regulations 1995 set out the circumstances under which aerial advertising may take place.

Aerial Work and Foreign Registered Aircraft

Aerial survey or aerial photography

Aircraft not registered in the European Economic Area (EEA) may only be used in the UK for aerial survey or aerial photography (whether or not valuable consideration is received by the operator) if the operator holds a permit under Article 225 of the Air Navigation Order 2009.

Other aerial work

Aircraft not registered in the EEA may only be used for aerial work such as parachute dropping, crop spraying, banner towing, aerial display or flight training[1] in the UK where the operator (or flying instructor) does not receive valuable consideration for his services or holds a permit under Article 225 of the Air Navigation Order 2009.


Application process

Applications should be submitted at least two working days before the first flight is due to be undertaken.

Restrictions are detailed in Article 225 of the Air Navigation Order 2009.


Further Information

A Summary of the Meaning of Public Transport and Aerial Work