It is the goal of AltoSpatial to operate its aircraft without harm, injury or damage to any persons or property.
AltoSpatial complies with all of the safety requirements and limitations of the Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO), issued by the UK CAA to AltoSpatial.
AltoSpatial adheres to the following principles of RPAS air safety:
Crew and hardware are able to perform the operational duties required of them
Crew and hardware are able to maintain safety in the air whilst ensuring safety on the ground
Crew and hardware are able to function within safe operational parameters such as acceptable weather conditions and hazard-free environments
In accordance with UK Air Law as outlined in the CAA’s publication CAP 722 “Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace – Guidance”, AltoSpatial aircraft are flown within the Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) operational envelope or ‘bubble’:
At a height of no more than 400’ Above Ground Level (AGL)
At a distance not beyond the visual range of the pilot, and not exceeding 500m from the Ground Control Station (GCS)
In accordance with UK Air Navigation Regulations as outlined in the CAA’s publication CAP 393 "Air Navigation: The Order and Regulations", Statutory Instrument 2016 No. 765 “The Air Navigation Order 2016”, AltoSpatial Limited shall adhere to the specific Regulations in the following articles:
Article 94 (Small Unmanned Aircraft):
Paragraph 2: “The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft may only fly the aircraft if reasonably satisfied that the flight can safely be made.”
Paragraph 3: “The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft must maintain direct, unaided visual contact with the aircraft sufficient to monitor its flight path in relation to other aircraft, persons, vehicles, vessels and structures for the purpose of avoiding collisions.”
Article 95 (Small Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft):
Paragraph 1: “The person in charge of a small unmanned surveillance aircraft must not fly the aircraft in any of the circumstances described in paragraph (2) except in accordance with a permission issued by the CAA.”
Paragraph 2: “The circumstances referred to in paragraph (1) are:
Over or within 150m of any congested area;
Over or within 150m of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1000 persons;
Within 50m of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft; or
Subject to paragraphs (3) and (4), within 50m of any person.
Paragraph 3: “Subject to paragraph (4), during take-off or landing, a small unmanned surveillance aircraft must not be flown within 30m of any person.”
Paragraph 4: “Paragraphs (2)(d) and (3) do not apply to the person in charge of the small unmanned surveillance aircraft or a person under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft.”
AltoSpatial maintains bespoke Management Procedures for Safety, Risk, Quality, Maintenance and HR processes, which are documented in the AltoSpatial Operations Manual.