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ATC Advisor is updated direct from NATS eAIP when they release a new version on their 28 day AIRAC release schedule.

If you're denied access to FRZ airspace by an ATC you should report it to the CAA via this form →

Ignore the reference they make to CAP1788, that has been withdrawn and incorporated into CAP722C

Please have a look at CAP722C before approaching an ATC for permission. Theses are the most relevant bits...

"The establishment of an airspace restriction means that the sponsor is responsible for managing it, and not that the sponsor ‘owns’ it; airspace is a State asset. There should be no reason for a Sponsor to charge for access to airspace for UAS. Whilst some burden of work may exist in processing applications for UAS access to airspace, it is envisaged that this will not require an undue burden on the Sponsor and should incur negligible time or cost.

Any such cost should not be passed on to UAS operators, or manned aviation operators - in the case of a UAS Geographical Zones which facilitates UAS flight by restricting manned aviation."

Airspace Access Charging
Section 3.2 CAP722C

"[...] Before issuing a permission to operate within an FRZ, aerodromes are encouraged to ensure that the operator is in possession of a valid Operator ID, and that the remote pilot is in possession of suitable pilot competence. This is usually in the form of a CAA issued ‘Flyer ID’, but some other methods of compliance are also in place [...]

Aerodromes may establish standing agreements with UAS operators if this is appropriate, which would not require individual permissions to be issued for each operation. This may be the case for local UAS flying groups or model aircraft clubs, located within the aerodrome FRZ [...]"

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