Drones and lasers

Terms and conditions for obtaining permission to fly unmanned aircraft, organize shows with lights (lasers, fireworks) or helium-filled balloons and lanterns in the vicinity of Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport (EPKT)

UNMANNED AIRCRAFT

For safety reasons, unmanned aerial vehicle flights (drones, flying models) are limited in certain areas of the airport’s airspace:

  • Flights over the airport area, notwithstanding the kind and type of unmanned aerial vehicle, require approval from Górnośląskie Towarzystwo Lotnicze SA (GTL SA) as the airport manager.
  • Flights performed over the airport area and its vicinity require approval from the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA). PANSA does not permit flights over the airport area if GTL SA’s approval is not presented beforehand.

Unmanned aerial vehicle flights over the airport area and its vicinity are performed as part of the Pansa UTM system. It is a digitalised concept of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight coordination and management of applications for the approval of flights in Polish airspace. The Pansa UTM System is integrated with the DroneRadar mobile application.
 
In order to receive PANSA’s approval for flights over the airport or in its vicinity, one must create an account on utm.pansa.pl/#/login and proceed in accordance with the provided information in order to digitally coordinate flights with PANSA.
 
It is recommended to establish a two-way communication between the flight performer and TWR controller via TETRA ground communication system independently from the communication via the DroneRadar application.
 
In order to obtain a permit from GTL SA (the manager of the airport), the following form allowing to perform a UAV flight must be downloaded.

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A filled-in and signed form must be sent to the Airport Operations Duty officer:
dop@gtl.com.pl

Additional information can be obtained by calling the following phone numbers:
+48 602 046 066
+48 32 39 27 262
 
Information regarding terms and conditions of performing unmanned aerial vehicle flights are available on the websites of the Civil Aviation Authority www.ulc.gov.pl/pl/drony and the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency www.pansa.pl/u-space.

ORGANIZATION OF SHOWS WITH LIGHTS (LASERS, FIREWORKS) OR HELIUM-FILLED BALLOONS AND LANTERNS IN THE VICINITY OF THE AIRPORT

It is forbidden to emit, or cause emissions, in zones of the airspace used for air navigation, laser beams or light from other sources to the aircraft in a manner that may cause glare, dazzle or afterglow and may endanger the safety of the aircraft or the life or health of the crew or passengers on board.

In order to organize shows with lights in the vicinity of the airport, it is necessary to make sure that the planned area of the show is within the area where emission of lasers or other lights is restricted and requires a respective permission from the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA). Map defining reach of the area for the airport is available in AIP Poland ENR 5.3.2 and on the websites of the Civil Aviation Authority (Online maps) and PANSA:
ulc.gov.pl/pl/zegluga-powietrzna/lampiony-balony
www.pansa.pl/OPS/mapy/mapa_swiatla.html

In case of helium-filled balloons and lanterns, PANSA’s permission is required in the event when the release place is within 18 500 m (10 NM) from the airport reference point (ARP). The reach of the area has been illustrated on the map available in AIP Poland ENR 5.3.2. and on PANSA’s website:
www.pansa.pl/OPS/mapy/mapa_balony.html

Area for fireworks

Airspace in the direct vicinity of the airport within 9 250 m (5 NM) from the airport reference point. A map which illustrates the range of the area where organizaiton of shows with fireworks is restricted is available in AIP Poland ENR 5.3.2. and on PANSA’s website:
www.pansa.pl/OPS/mapy/mapa_fajerwerki.html
 
REQUESTS AND FORMS
In the event that PANSA’s permission is required, one must fill in an application form available on PANSA’s website under the Ośrodek Planowania Strategicznego (Strategic Planning Center) ASM1 tab: www.pansa.pl/asm1
 
Filled-in form must be sent to asm1@pansa.pl (preferred option) or faxed to +48 22 574 57 13 or +48 22 574 57 69.
 
On the basis of data included in the form, PANSA will publish a navigation warning in the form of a NOTAM, and reply in writing to every applicant, warning him or her about his or her duties, e.g. the necessity to obtain a direct telephone permission from the air traffic controller at Katowice Airport in order to begin the show or release balloons/lanterns. If the localization of the show is outside the defined areas, the request is not needed.
 
Additional information can be obtained by calling the Ośrodek Planowania Strategicznego (Strategic Planning Center) ASM1 at PANSA:
+48 22 574 67 11
+48 22 574 57 24
+48 22 574 57 25

PENALTIES

We also remind you that, under Art. 210-212 of the Aviation Law, ignoring the above conditions may result in a fine, restriction of liberty, or imprisonment.

The above responsibility is also borne by the organizer of the show who contributes towards the events described above.

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