Altitude Angel case study highlights safety benefits of GuardianUTM at Biggin Hill Airport

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has endorsed the safety induction video created by London Biggin Hill Airport and authorised drone operators to ensure multiple operators work to the same high standards of safety at the business aviation airport, says a case study published by Altitude Angel.

According to the case study:

“There’s a common misconception that drones in an airport are unsafe, but when they’re controlled and the right risk assessments are being done, they can actually be highly beneficial,” says Ben Spiers, Head of Safety and Compliance at London Biggin Hill Airport.

The benefits of safe drone integration led Ben and his team, in conjunction with Biggin Hill Air Traffic Control, to implement Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM platform at London Biggin Hill. Previously, drone operators had made requests to fly within the airport’s airspace by phone or email. Now, with GuardianUTM drone operators can digitally request approvals, making the process safer and more efficient.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for drone operators to request permission to fly within the ATZ (Aerodrome Traffic Zone). We want to reassure everyone that we work with drone operators, rather than against them, to ensure the safety of passengers that are travelling to and from the airport,” says Ben Spiers.

London Biggin Hill Airport implemented Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM to improve safety and efficiency in their approvals process.

Drone operator Quinton Quayle, Director at Quayle Industies said: “I’ve been using Altitude Angel’s planning tools since I started operating commercially. They feature very heavily in my planning and are a good way for me to quickly risk-assess the airspace before I start a flight. I like the fact that they give me the ability to quickly see air and ground hazards. I find it a nice robust system. Easy to use, and I swear by it.”

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