Atmospheric Survey (VLOS)

Scenario 4, Atmospheric Survey (VLOS)


In this scenario, as a commercial operation, it is vital that the crew have visibility of any factor that may affect or impede the flight. Such dynamic and fluid conditions need to be communicated to the drone pilot in sufficient time to mitigate any potential risks caused if the drone remains. Through a series of events we’ll demonstrate how GuardianUTM O/S and ATC procedures can forewarn an operator of a developing situation and suggest risk mitigations.


In demonstrating the wide range of unmanned air vehicle (UAV) capabilities, Operation Zenith will include an atmospheric inspection VLOS flight inside the Manchester Airport CTR. It is vital for commercial operators to maintain a clear view of any factor that may affect or impede their flights –this scenario is designed to illustrate how information about changes in their flying environment can be communicated to drone operators effectively. This VLOS activity requires an area of airspace to be ‘fenced-off’ in order to provide a drone operator with enough clear space to manoeuvre a drone collecting data. We believe using drones in this way could offer a more flexible approach to air monitoring in future by reducing the need for the construction of fixed inspection sites.

Delivery Partners

This scenario is supported by our operational partner, University of Manchester, CASCADE Programme