For certain events/activities, it may be possible to request an enhanced priority or status for the flight/s. Please refer to the following:
- Non Deviating Status (NDS) – detailed in the UK Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) section ENR 1.1 (available on the NATS Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) website)
- Flight Priority Categories – detailed in Section 1, Chapter 4 of CAP 493: Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1
- Exemption from Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) - detailed in the UK AIP section ENR 1.9 (available on the NATS AIS website)
Notification to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Airspace Regulation
Please follow the relevant notification guidance for the type of event/activity.
CAA Airspace Regulation output
This will depend on the activity type and the priority or status that may be granted.
Responsibilities of the event/activity sponsor
The CAA’s response to the sponsor does not constitute permission to disregard the legitimate interests of site landowners, other statutory bodies such as the Police and Emergency Services, the Highway Agency, local authorities (and their agents) or any other statutory body. It is the sponsor/operator’s responsibility to ensure that those interests are taken into consideration before going ahead with the event/activity.
The event/activity sponsor/operator is ultimately responsible for flight safety and must comply with the Air Navigation Order (ANO) 2016 (as amended) articles relating to endangerment:
Article 240 - Endangering safety of an aircraftA person must not recklessly or negligently act in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft, or any person in an aircraft.
Article 241 - Endangering safety of any person or property
A person must not recklessly or negligently cause or permit an aircraft to endanger any person or property.
ANO Article 265 provides that it is a criminal offence to contravene EC Regulations as retained (and amended in UK domestic law) under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, the ANO or Regulations made under the Order. Further information can be found in CAP 1422: Code of Practice for the Investigations and Enforcement Team.
The sponsor/operator is responsible for the event/activity complying with all relevant national regulations.
Please refer to the relevant event/activity page for more specific guidance.
If you have any questions, please contact Airspace Regulation between the hours of 08:30 and 16:30 Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays). It may not be possible to action messages/notifications submitted after 16:00 until the next working day.
Planned periods of extended closure of the Airspace Regulation section will be notified here: