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Osprey Safety Case gains CAA Approval for West Wales Airport


West Wales Airport (WWA) recently contracted Osprey to provide safety assurance support as part of the West Wales Sector Implementation Project. This project plays an integral part in continuing to develop the unique capability of WWA for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operators. It is currently the only site in Europe that can enable the flying of UAS under regulated conditions, providing a world-class UAS flying environment, specialised facilities and 2,500 square miles of restricted airspace over land and sea.

Osprey were specifically approached by WWA to develop the Safety Case for the newly installed ATM remoted air traffic service provision.

It was agreed that Osprey would develop a Safety Case for the surveillance system which was fully acceptable to all the key stakeholders – this was absolutely fundamental to WWA delivering and sustaining their full portfolio of services.

Working closely with the airport, we implemented a programme of work to gather the evidence required to develop and deliver an acceptable and complete Safety Case, including a non-interference argument for existing equipment at the remote location.

The work was delivered within a challenging timeframe to ensure that regulatory approval could be granted within the agreed timescales.

On completion of the project, Adrian Clough, Manager – Air Traffic Engineering and Strategic Projects at West Wales Airport said “Osprey provided a great service from the outset, and ensured that all aspects of the Safety Assurance documentation were accurate, robust and concise. It has been a pleasure working with the Osprey Safety Team, and I’d have no hesitation recommending their services to others.”

For further information on West Wales Airport and their UAS facilities, please visit their website here.

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