How to fly drones in airspace controlled by ENAIRE

If you are an RPAS (Remote Piloted Aircraft System) operator licensed by the National Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) and you want to fly your aircraft in controlled airspace where ENAIRE provides air traffic control services, you have to follow these steps:

1. Conduct an aeronautical safety study (EAS) based on the SORA risk assessment methodology (recommended) for the type of operation (ConOps) that you wish to carry out in controlled airspace. You can read the Guide for Coordinating Safety Studies with ENAIRE here.

2. Send us the EAS using the Safety Coordination Form. ENAIRE's Safety Division will contact you at the email you specify in this form so that you can begin the process of coordinating the EAS. Once this process is completed, we will issue the evidence of coordination with ENAIRE so that you can request authorisation from AESA to operate in controlled airspace under the conditions set forth in your EAS.

IMPORTANT: only AESA can authorise you to fly in controlled airspace.

3. Once you have authorisation from AESA and all the permissions necessary to carry out your operation, check ENAIRE Drones to see who has to receive your operation request.

In the case of ENAIRE, use this request form for activities involving remotely piloted aircraft, and the Department for Coordinating Airspace Operations (COOP) will inform you of the conditions and requirements that you must comply with once the operation is coordinated (check the instructions first for filling in the form at the following link).

4. On the day that you fly your drone:

  • Review the NOTAMs in force and get your Pre-flight Information Bulletin (PIB).
  • Prepare the flight plan following this specific guide for RPAS operators.
  • Remember to act in conformance with the instructions received from the COP.
  • Follow any instructions given by the air traffic controller on the radio as if you were just another airspace user.
  • And finally, close the flight plan with the ARO.

Remember, drones are not toys, they are aircraft; fly safely!

Visit the AESA Drones website for more information.

IMPORTANT: When flying in airspace controlled by another air traffic provider, you must follow its procedures.

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