Suspension of operating limitations to ULMs and Free Flight activities

    Operations of light-structured aircraft (ULM) are subject to specific requirements laid down in Article 8.1 of the Order of 24 April 1986 regulating ultralight flight, as amended (in Chapters II and III) by the Second Final Provision of Royal Decree 1070/2015 of 27 November 2015 approving the technical safety standards for restricted-use aerodromes, which are set out below:

    operating
    outside controlled, restricted, prohibited
    airspace over activated hazardous areas, urban areas and agglomerations of persons. (d) Operating
    in daytime visual weather conditions.

    It establishes the rule that, exceptionally, on justified grounds and upon reasoned request to the State Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), some of the operational limitations referred to above may be suspended.
    For its part, the third transitional provision of Royal Decree 1591/1999 of 15 October 1999 on the legal regime for aircraft, whether motorised or not, for the take-off or landing of which requires direct involvement of an occupant’s physical effort, provides that:

    ‘Until the entry into force of the specific regulations governing the conditions and requirements for the use of aircraft requiring direct involvement of an occupant’s physical effort for take-off or landing, such aircraft shall continue to be governed by the provisions of Royal Decree 2876/1982 of 15 October 1982.’

    That is, until specific regulations are developed, flight devices for free flight activities shall have the same flight restrictions as ultra-light aircraft.

    They will therefore be subject to the specific requirements laid down in Article 8.1 of the Order of 24 April 1986 regulating ultralight flight, as amended (in Chapters II and III) by the Second Final Provision of Royal Decree 1070/2015 of 27 November 2015 approving the technical safety standards for restricted-use aerodromes.

    Therefore, as in the previous case, on an exceptional basis, on justified grounds and upon reasoned request to the State Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), some of the above operational limitations may be suspended.

    The following guides include the requirements to be met by the request for the suspension of any of the operational limitations referred to in the Second Final Provision of Royal Decree 1070/2015, as well as the application forms to be used for each case.

    • Application for ULM:

    ULM Operating Limit Suspension Request Guide for ULM
    Operating Limit Suspension Request Form (ASM-20-PES-148-F02)

    • Application for free flight devices:

    Operational Limit Suspension Request Guide for VLB Operating
    Limit Suspension Request Form for VLB (ASM-20-PES-149-F02)

    To request the suspension of operating limitations indicated in both cases, the following processes defined in the Electronic Headquarters may be used:

    For specific inquiries you can use the email: ulm.na.aesa@seguridadaerea.es

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