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ENR 5.3  OTHER ACTIVITIES OF A DANGEROUS NATURE AND OTHER POTENTIAL HAZARDS

5.3.1  Other activities of a dangerous nature

5.3.1.1  Unmanned free balloons
5.3.1.1.1  General rules

In accordance with § 7 (1) of the Act No. 143/1998 Coll. on Civil Aviation (Aviation Act) and on amendment of some acts, the Transport Authority may, in the interest of air traffic safety in specified parts of airspace, prohibit or restrict flights of sports flying machines or specified categories of aircraft.

In accordance with para. SERA.3140 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 923/2012 an unmanned free balloon shall be operated in such a manner as to minimise hazards to persons, property or other aircraft and in accordance with the conditions specified in Appendix 2.

In accordance with Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 923/2012, Appendix 2, provision 2.1, an unmanned free balloon shall not be operated without authorisation from the State from which the launch is made.

5.3.1.1.2 Light unmanned free balloons used exclusively for meteorological purposes

Aerologic and radiation centre in Poprad - Gánovce of the Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute performs regular probes of the atmosphere above the territory of the Slovak Republic by meteorological trial balloons. In accordance with Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 923/2012, Appendix 2 and the specifications in para. ENR 5.3.1.1.2.1 presented below, in the case of the meteorological balloons in use and relevant probes, these are regarded as "light" category unmanned free balloons. These balloons are exclusively used for meteorological purposes.

Note: For comprehensive information on light unmanned free balloons launch exclusively used for meteorological purposes from the territory of neigbouring states - see AIP of the particular state.

5.3.1.1.2.1 The launch site, height of probe, regime of measuring (standard times of launch) and specification of probes and balloons:

Name of station:

Poprad - Gánovce

Coordinates:

490203N 0201924E

Elevation:

703 m

Ceiling of probe:

approx. 32 km (105 000 ft)







Regime of measuring:

  1. radio sounding (standard launch time) 2315, 1115 UTC - daily (in case of need, an ascend may be repeated up to +90 min. after the published standard time),

  2. duration of measurement 90 min.,

  3. total time of flight 120 min.,

  4. average rate of climb approx. 5 - 6 m/s.

Radio probe

Dimensions:

220 x 80 x 75 mm

Mass:

approx. 250 g

Balloon

Diameter:

2 - 6 m, depends on altitude

Balloon mass:

600 - 800 g

5.3.1.1.2.2 The balloons launch that is not performed at the time or site as specified in para. ENR 5.3.1.1.2.1 is subject of authorization by the Transport Authority. The application for the authorization shall be submitted 15 days before the planned activity to:
Postal address:

Transport Authority
Air Navigation Services Department
Letisko M. R. Štefánika
823 05 Bratislava 21

The application specifies date, estimated time of commencement and completion of launch, launch site geographical coordinates, expected maximum altitude of flight and contact data of the applicant. In such a manner as to minimize danger to persons, property and other aircraft the Transport Authority will issue appropriate authorization stipulating requirements for coordination with appropriate ATS unit and will take necessary measures for publishing a NOTAM.

5.3.1.1.3 Unmanned free balloons other than light balloons exclusively used for meteorological purposes
5.3.1.1.3.1 In accordance with § 7 (1) of the Act No. 143/1998 Coll. on Civil Aviation (Aviation Act) and on amendment of some acts, the Transport Authority prohibits operations of unmanned free balloons other than light balloons exclusively used for meteorological purposes within 20 km from ARP of controlled aerodromes (see AIP SR, section AD 2).
5.3.1.1.3.2 The Transport Authority after coordination with air traffic service provider may, where appropriate, issue the exemption from para. ENR 5.3.1.1.3.1.
5.3.1.1.3.3 Balloons launch procedures outside the areas inscribed in para. ENR 5.3.1.1.3.1

The applications for the authorization shall be submitted 15 days before the planned activity to:

Postal address:

Transport Authority
Air Navigation Services Department
Letisko M. R. Štefánika
823 05 Bratislava 21

The application specifies date, estimated time of commencement and completion of launch, launch site geographical coordinates, expected maximum altitude of flight and contact data of the applicant. In such a manner as to minimize danger to persons, property and other aircraft the Transport Authority will issue appropriate authorization stipulating requirements for coordination with appropriate ATS unit and will take necessary measures for publishing a NOTAM.

5.3.2  Other potential hazards

To be developed.