Specialist Advice for Aviation Security

The Small Ports Unit is part of the Counter-Terrorism Branch of Cheshire Police and is responsible for the gathering and development of intelligence within these environments and to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation, in particular the Terrorism Act 2000.

One of the responsibilities of the Cheshire Counter Terrorism Branch Small Ports Unit is to police all the non-designated airfields in Cheshire and to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation, in particular the Terrorism Act 2000.

If you would like to contact our office directly in relation to either general aviation or maritime intelligence matters please ring us on 01606 36 2121.

If you prefer, you can email us small.ports.unit@cheshire.pnn.police.uk.

UAVs and Drones

The following information has been produced by the Civil Aviation Authority.

When you fly an unmanned aircraft (or drone) the responsability is yours, always remember:

YOU are responsible for each flight

You are legally responsible for the safe conduct of each flight. Take time to understand the rules - failure to comply could lead to a criminal prosecution.

 
 

BEFORE each flight, check drone for damage

It is illegal to fly your unmanned aircraft over a congested area (streets, towns and cities). Also, stay well clear of airports and airfields.

 

Drone is in sight at all times

You must keep the unmanned aircraft within your sight at all times.

YOU are responsible for avoiding collisions

You are responsible for avoiding collisions with other people or objects - including aircraft. Do not fly your unmanned aircraft in any way that could endanger people or property.

 

Keep your distance

It is illegal to fly your unmanned aircraft over a congested area (streets, town and cities). Also, stay well clear of airports and airfields.

 

Keep your distance-50m

Don't fly your unmanned aircraft within 50m of a person, vehicle, building or structure, or overhead groups of people at any height.

 

Consider rights of privacy

Think about what you do with any images you obtain as you may breach privacy laws. Details are available from the Information Commissioner's Office.

 

Permission to use drones for paid work

If you intend to use an unmanned aircraft for any kind of commercial activity, you must get a 'Permission' from the Civil Aviation Authority, or you could face prosecution. For more details, visit the civil aviation authority website.

Project Pegasus

What is Project Pegasus?

Project Pegasus is a national joint agency initiative between the National Crime Agency (NCA), Police and Border Force (BF) aimed at reducing the threat from organised crime and terrorism at small aviation sites. Reporting of unusual activity around small aviation sites is encouraged in order to keep UK airfields and our community a safe place.

The campaign covers all aviation with the exception of commercial passenger flights and large-scale airfreight. General aviation includes aircraft such as microlights, helicopters and business jets and activities such as aerial surveys, deliveries, corporate flights and parachuting. It encourages those in the general aviation community to report suspicious activity.

How to report suspicious activity

Crime Stoppers anonymously 0800 555 111

Police non-emergency: 101

Police Emergency: 999 and quote PEGASUS.

Cheshire Constabulary Small Ports Unit

Contact details

General Aviation Reports (GARs)

Pilots can submit GAR forms for free from the Aopa website.

Alternatively a commercial version suitable for Fixed Based Operators (FBO) can be completed at the Onlinegar website.

Email for GARs: counter.terrorism.branch@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

Phone for GARs (out of hours): 0845 458 0000