BALLOON RELEASE GUIDELINES


The release of helium-filled balloons is viewed as a valuable source of publicity and/or fundraising at many events. The conduct of such activities in the vicinity of aerodromes could present a hazard to aviation. Therefore, to increase awareness and to minimise the potential hazard, the following guidelines are laid down for the benefit of balloon operators, Air Traffic Control and aerodrome managers.

pdf Code of Conduct

 

Number of Balloons:

Procedure:


Up to 5,000

The organiser should contact AUS to ascertain which ATC Units may be affected by the release. AUS will instruct the organiser to contact the appropriate ATC Units before the date of release and again on the day of the release. The organiser should also inform the local Police of the release.


5,001 to 20,000

The organiser must apply in writing to AUS, giving at least 28 days notice. Co-ordination will be affected by AUS with any ATC Units affected by the release. Deconfliction process will be taken by AUS from other notified unusual aerial activities. For sites outside regulated or notified airspace, AUS will issue an approval letter to the organiser and copy this to the
affected ATC Units, aerodromes, Police Air Support and Air Ambulance Units. For sites within regulated or notified airspace, AUS will issue a Permission to the organiser and copy this to the affected ATC Units, aerodromes, Police Air Support and Air Ambulance Units. AUS will promulgate the release by NOTAM.


20,001 or more

The organiser must apply in writing to AUS, giving at least 28 days notice. Co-ordination will be affected by AUS with any ATC Units affected by the release. Deconfliction process will be taken by AUS from other notified unusual aerial activities. AUS will issue a Permission to the organiser and copy this to the affected ATC Units, aerodromes, Police Air Support and Air Ambulance Units. AUS will promulgate the release by NOTAM.


 

AIRSPACE UTILISATION SECTION (AUS)

The AUS is located at CAA Headquarters in Central London and can be contacted as follows:
Airspace Utilisation Section
Directorate of Airspace Policy
Civil Aviation Authority
K702, CAA House
45-59 Kingsway
London WC2B 6TE
Tel: 020 7453 6599 or 020 7453 6585
Fax: 020 7453 6593
E-Mail: ausops@caa.co.uk