The British CAA implement rule changes on high altitude balloon payload sizes

A new Air Navigation Order (ANO – CAP393) came into force on 25th August. This consolidation sets out the provisions of Implementing Regulation (EU) 923/2012 (the Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA)), the European Aviation Safety Agency’s supporting Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material, specific articles of the Air Navigation Order,  The Rules of the Air Regulations and supporting guidance prepared by the Civil Aviation Authority.  It also contains General Exemptions and General Permissions made against SERA and the Rules of the Air Regulations. The details can be found at:

https://www.caa.co.uk/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=4294975756

The full document is here:caa

In brief, users are finding that payloads over 2000gm are subject to greater restrictions from the CAA.

Exert from page 88

weight-classes

APPENDIX 2 UNMANNED FREE BALLOONS 1. CLASSIFICATION OF UNMANNED FREE BALLOONS 1.1. Unmanned free balloons shall be classified as (see Figure AP3-1): (a) light: an unmanned free balloon which carries a payload of one or more packages with a combined mass of less than 4 kg, unless qualifying as a heavy balloon in accordance with c) 2), 3) or 4); or (b) medium: an unmanned free balloon which carries a payload of two or more packages with a combined mass of 4 kg or more, but less than 6 kg, unless qualifying as a heavy balloon in accordance with c) 2), 3) or 4) below; or (c) heavy: an unmanned free balloon which carries a payload which: (1) has a combined mass of 6 kg or more; or (2) includes a package of 3 kg or more; or (3) includes a package of 2 kg or more with an area density of more than 13 g per square centimetre, determined by dividing the total mass in grams of the payload package by the area in square centimetres of its smallest surface; or (4) uses a rope or other device for suspension of the payload that requires an impact force of 230 N or more to separate the suspended payload from the balloon. 2. GENERAL OPERATING RULES 2.1. An unmanned free balloon shall not be operated without authorisation from the State from which the launch is made. 2.2. An unmanned free balloon, other than a light balloon used exclusively for meteorological purposes and operated in the manner prescribed by the competent authority, shall not be operated across the territory of another State without authorisation from the other State concerned. 2.3. The authorisation referred to in 2.2 shall be obtained prior to the launching of the balloon if there is reasonable expectation, when planning the operation, that the balloon may drift into airspace over the territory of another State. Such authorisation may be obtained for a series of balloon flights or for a particular type of recurring flight, e.g. atmospheric research balloon flights. 2.4. An unmanned free balloon shall be operated in accordance with conditions specified by the State of Registry and the State(s) expected to be overflown. 2.5. An unmanned free balloon shall not be operated in such a manner that impact of the balloon, or any part thereof, including its payload, with the surface of the earth, creates a hazard to persons or property. 2.6. A heavy unmanned free balloon shall not be operated over the high seas without prior coordination with the ANSP(s).
Implementation of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 923/2012 of 26 September 2012 (Standardised European Rules of the Air) in the United Kingdom

Implementation of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 923/2012 of 26 September 2012 (Standardised European Rules of the Air) in the United Kingdom  Page 89 of 99

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