Temporary Danger Areas (TDAs) for drone tests are popping up all round the UK but mostly they have been at a relatively low level – until now. A TDA up to 2,500ft is being proposed around the disused airfield at Moreton-in-Marsh.
The Moreton TDA will sit in Class G airspace, 15nm north of Brize Norton and in a choke point for GA flying. Enstone Airfield is to the east, Wellesbourne north, with several airstrips and gliding sites nearby.
The proposed TDA is bigger than an ATZ, with a radius of 3nm and will be active from the surface to 2,500ft amsl.
The Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) is sponsored by Nexus Nine which tests counter-drone activities for the government and also trains drone pilots. Nexus Nine is based at the old airfield and wants to expand its current line-of-sight operations to Beyond Visual Line of Sights (BVLOS).
Nexus Nine says in its proposal, “This ACP application is for a TDA lasting up to 90 days centred on the disused airfield at Moreton-In-Marsh with a radius of 3nm.
“The proposal activates the airspace from the surface to 2500ft AMSL. Initial TDA activity is planned to commence from AIRAC 2112 (2 Dec 21) where it is anticipated that the impact on GA is minimised.
“The TDA will be activated by NOTAM via the NATS system, aiming to give at least a week’s notice of intended activity.
“Options for the provision of a Danger Area Activity Information Service (DAAIS) are currently being reviewed and the Sponsor would provide a mobile number for PPR co-ordinated activity within the TDA where it is practical.
“UAS operations would always immediately cease upon requests to enter the TDA by Emergency Services aircraft.
“It is anticipated that the TDA will only be utilised during weekday daylight hours in blocks of up to 3 days at a time. We will aim to conduct 2 ‘blocks’ of activity per month, totally approximately 18 days of activity during the 90-day TDA validity period. We would though, reserve the right to amend this plan.”