The NSF portal is a NATS product but not all Controlled Airspace (CAS) is managed by NATS. This portal should only be used where NATS is the controlling authority.
For all queries in relation to your submission, please use the Contact us section on this page.
What to use this portal for
Operators/pilots can use this portal for UAS (more commonly known as drones) in Flight Restriction Zones (FRZ), Restricted Areas or CTR/CTAs/TMAs above 400ft as detailed in the AIP.
FRZs and Restricted Areas
Applications should be made with a minimum of 14 days’ notice. Note - applications in the Restricted Areas in London may take longer.
For applications in the Restricted Areas please ensure you have sought permission/s from the relevant land owner, local authorities or other organisations impacted by the flight/task prior to submitting your application.
Outside an FRZ but within CAS above 400ft agl
Notifications should be submitted with a minimum of 14 days’ notice.
Please ensure you have a CAA Operational Authorisation before submitting. https://www.caa.co.uk/drones.
Please use one of the following options in the Airport/area drop down as applicable:
- Heathrow Airport
- London City Airport
- London Luton Airport
- London Stansted Airport
- Aberdeen Airport
- Glasgow Airport
- Belfast International Airport
- Belfast City Airport
- Manchester Airport
- Cardiff Airport
- St. Athan Airport
- Bristol Airport
- Southampton Airport
- Farnborough Airport
- Woodvale Airport
- Middle Wallop Airport
- Barkston Heath Airport
- London Heliport Battersea*
- R156 – Windsor Castle
- Restricted Area R157/158/159
- +400ft in London/City CTR
- Swanwick (for London ACC)
- Prestwick (for Scottish ACC)
* This is not a NATS site, but if the operating radius of the task within the FRZ interacts with R157 you will need to submit an application to us in addition to applying directly to London Heliport Battersea for FRZ permission.
If you are operating within an area not listed above you should not use this Portal but consult the AIP to contact the relevant ANSP/airport authority.
The NSF portal is a NATS product and not all of UK airspace is managed by NATS, some parts are controlled by other ANSPs. The NSF portal can only provide permissions to those areas of Controlled Airspace managed by NATS.
Based on your selected location your request cannot be processed by NATS, therefore you are asked to consult the AIP for contact details and get in direct touch with the relevant authority. If your flight is within an airport Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ) not listed, you will need to contact them directly for further instructions on how to obtain approval to operate.
Please note this does NOT constitute permission/approval to proceed with your operation.
You must ensure you always adhere to the Drone Code and relevant articles of the Air Navigation Order.
Further information on rules, restrictions and best practice when flying your drone can be found on the DroneSafe website (https://dronesafe.uk/).