Geozone

Here you will find all the info about entering the geozone above the port of Antwerp both for unmanned (drones, UAS, RPAS, ...) and manned (Helicopters) aircraft.

Since 01/01/2021 we no longer speak of one zone for manned and unmanned aviation.

The boundaries remain the same, only the conditions are completely separated for manned and unmanned aviation.
 

For manned aviation, the aviation legislation remains applicable as published in the AIP Belgium and Luxembourg under ENR 5.1.
 

For unmanned aviation (Drones), a separate set of European regulations (EU 2019/947 of 24 May 2019) is in force with a transition period as described in the RD of November 08, 2020. (www.mobilit.belgium.be)
 

In addition to these general requirements, the 'M.B. defining fixed geographic UAS zones and access conditions for fixed geographic UAS zones' (from: 21/12/2020 art.5. and art. 23.) also states that specific geozones with associated geozone managers are designated. The seaports are part of this and set a specific set of conditions and rules for their area to preserve public order, tranquility, the safety of the operation of the port and the environment in the port area. (As described in the 'Decree on the port captain's service' of May 3, 2019)

Drones in the port area

Step 1: Make sure that you are in compliance legally

In order to fly an RPAS in the port you must comply with all legal requirements. Note also that the port area is a Restricted Air Space (EBR 54_Antwerp Harbour), and that there are various No Fly zones.
In order to fly in the port you must have a special Class 1A permit from DGLV.
 
Consult the Aeronautical Information Publication issued by Belgocontrol for details of all controlled and regulated zones. Special permission must be obtained from DGLV for any deviations.

  

Step 2: Check whether you are authorised to carry out flights in your chosen area

      1. In which zone (within the geozone Port of Antwerp) do you want to plan a flight? (seveso and ISPS, above water, above land, above nature area, village centres of Doel, Kallo, ...)
      2. What type of flight do you want to perform, 'open category' or 'specific category'?
      3. Do you have the necessary certificates and competences to carry out this flight?
         

Step 3: Check your certificates and register on our 'Droneportal Port of Antwerp'

    1. Go to droneportal.portofantwerp.com.
    2. Create a new account.
    3. Validate your email address and click on the question mark at the bottom for the user manual of the tool.
    4. Be sure to upload your operator documents and provide expiry dates where possible.
      1. operator licence, (operator UAS registration certificate)
      2. operational authorisation or permit to operate, (possibly also the SORA with which this authorisation was obtained) 
      3. insurance documents
    5. Complete your profile (do not forget to validate your mobile number '+32 4xx xx xx') and attach all relevant documents.
    6. Apply for your desired subscription.
       

Step 4: Request a flight (be sure to follow the tool's instructions)

      1. Add drones, invite pilots or other users in your area.
      2. Press 'Create operation'.
      3. Zoom in and draw your desired area, flight path as correct as possible (overlap with other zones where you do not need to be will make your application unnecessarily complex).
      4. Change your parameters and complete where necessary (with this tool it is no longer necessary to request a flight area for a longer period, nor to plan a flight weeks in advance).
      5. Validate your project to check if you meet all the conditions and if your request is complete.
      6. If everything is in order, you can submit your application.
         

Step 5: Have a safe flight

      1. After receiving the approval to operate, you can actually start the operation.
      2. Be sure to report your 'take off and land' via the application or by telephone.
      3. Make sure you can be reached on the number provided so that the port authorities can reach you.
      4. Make sure you can always land safe and quickly if this is necessary for safety reasons.

Limitations and sanctions

  • Respect the conditions and circumstances for which you have requested a flight (SORA, Operational Authorisation, flight area, route, ...) 
  • The operator is always responsible for the pilots and his aircraft. He ensures that all conditions are met and that he is in order with all the geozones involved. (this will not be automatically included in your application via this tool)
  • In port areas the flight altitude is limited to 400 ft or 120 metres AGL. This can only be deviated from when there is a permission of DGLV and after screening by the Port Authority.
  • There is only flying according to VFR (visual flight rules). This can only be deviated from when there is a permission of DGLV and after screening by the Port Authority.
  • It is obligatory to maintain a safe distance from cranes, ships and other obstacles.
  • Take all conditions from the tool to heart and respect them at all times.

Manned aviation in the port area

 

For manned aviation the aviation legislation remains applicable as can be found on the website: www.Skeyes.be (eAIP Belgium and Luxembourg).

 

As you will find in the eAIP, in the EBR54, since 01/01/2021, a prior authorization is needed from the port authorities to ensure safety in the port and to prevent conflicts with drones.

 

The schedulable flights request their flight as follows

 

1. What type of flight is it?

  1. Inspection flight with 'take-off' and 'landing' from a heliport: Mail your request with flight path and minimum altitude outside the EBXX zone.
  2. Arriving flight before shipment (export) or departing flight after shipment (import): Use the HKD 42 form and mail your request.
    1. Request including take-off or landing zone as well as the exact time.
    2. Flight path within the port area with special attention to the part below 500Ft (drone area).
    3. Permission of the terminal.
    4. Your permission from the competent authority (BCAA).

2. Restrictions and additional conditions

  1. Inspection flight: only VFR flights allowed.
  2. Arriving or departing flights:
    1. It is only allowed to fly during the day when there is good visibility and not extreme weather conditions.
    2. It is not allowed to fly over tank installations and petrochemical companies.
    3. Road or vessel traffic may not be obstructed.
    4. No public roads may be closed.
    5. Permission is granted on a one-off basis, is provisional and can be revoked at any time by the port authorities.
    6. The landing and take-off area must be clean and sweep-free in order to prevent dirt and objects flying around, causing damage or injury, or ending up in the water.
    7. When landing, the landing area must be guarded and marked out. All safety measures must be taken.

 


 

The non-schedulable flights (state aircraft)

 

  • Before flying below 500Ft always contact the Port Authority so that possible drone traffic can be assessed (03/229 67 33)
  • Inform the port authorities as soon as possible.