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Airspace Alerts is a service to help drone operators to monitor the airspace within their Area of Operation for changes or important events, such as the detection of a low-flying aircraft or the activation/deactivation of a no-fly zone.
Having access to richer, diversified and relevant information helps to increase the drone operator's "situation awareness" and can therefore reduce unforseen risks, including collisions with manned aviation, or incursions into prohibited areas.
Safety notice: Airspace Alerts is intended to supplement the generally accepted operating standards and best-practices appropriate for drone operators during their normal due-diligence and awareness activities, not as a replacement for them, or their legal obligations. Airspace Alerts assists with "plan-to-avoid" scenarios, not to serve as a replacement for "see-and-avoid".
Drone operators can set up Alert Regions around their Area of Operation, and specify the time window for monitoring. During this time window, Altitude Angel watches the airspace for important events and proactively dispatches notifications via SMS (or email) to the operator so that they can factor these changes into their operations.
Pick a location on the map and drag the Area of Operation circle over the area in which you intend to fly:
Note: we use the Area of Operation (a circle with radius 500 metres) as the basis for any directions we give you in subsequent Airspace Alerts. All directions are given assuming you are operating in the centre of the circle.
Next, tell us when you'd like us to monitor the region. You can also name your alert (in case you activate several), or perhaps you wish to use a job reference number for your convenience. Then, choose how you want to be notified. We recommend the use of SMS over email because SMS is typically much lower-latency than emails, and SMS does not generally require a data connection as messages are sent over regular GSM.
Your Airspace Alert will be set up and we'll send you an SMS or email notification (depending on your preference) when monitoring starts or stops. You'll notice any Airspace Alerts that you've setup will now appear as yellow circles on the Safety Map, and when you tap or hover-over these areas with your mouse, the incursion region is displayed. This larger area indicates the region in which Altitude Angel will check for incoming aircraft.
We are constantly striving to improve our services. Today, we have excellent coverage in most of the UK, USA and mainland Europe, and good coverage in parts of asia-pacific and India. We're typically bound by the same coverage limitations that affect everybody, including Air Traffic Controllers and plane manufacturers! The reality is, today's tracking of manned aviation actually isn't very good, using technologies that are generally considered outdated by today's technology industry standards. The aviation community is hard at work improving their tracking capabilitiy, and the good news is, when those changes happen, Altitude Angel will automatically share this information with you.
These coverage maps* give an approximation of the level of cover we have at different altitude bands (coverage is typically better when an aircraft is at a higher altitude; lower altitude traffic is generally not covered as well which is why we use multiple sources of data):
* Images courtesy of one of our data providers.