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Edinburgh Napier University Computational Sustainability Lab

UAS Operating Safety Case

Version 1.0

1.1 Purpose

The purpose of this site is to record the key data associated with the safe operation of UAS by those working on behalf of Edinburgh Napier University's Computational Sustainability Lab ('the Lab').

1.2 Scope

This document is a combined Safety and Operations Manual, compliant with Volume 1 – Operations Manual as set out in CAP722A, covering all of aspects of the Lab's use of small drone aircraft in accordance with the requirements of the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s Operational Authorisation UKPDRA-01.

Edinburgh Napier University’s core business is education and research. The Lab focuses on the application of advanced computing techniques to problems of sustainability. UAS will be used in relation to teaching and research projects that require

  • Aerial surveys with visual light cameras and other sensors
  • Use of a mobile network node for ad-hoc communications
  • Inspection of remote locations and facilities
  • Aerial photography and videography as required for research and teaching purposes
  • Intelligent control of autonomous vehicles

1.3 Overarching Strategy

Edinburgh Napier University's strategy, Driving Distinctiveness, sets out an overall goal of delivering high quality education and research to add value to the social, cultural and economic capital of our communities and shape their development. To achieve this, we will

  • Build careers
  • Grow our networks
  • Advance knowledge
  • Grow sustainably

Within that context, the strategic aims of the Lab are

  • To publish novel research on computational aspects of sustainability
  • To nurture a network of academics, students and external associates
  • To offer educational programmes in computational sustainability
  • To raise public awareness of issues of sustainability through outreach activities

1.4 Safety Statement

Safety is paramount and Edinburgh Napier University has put essential safeguards in place to maintain a safe environment for all involved or connected to the Lab's UAS operations. This Operations Manual describes the organisation, aircraft systems, personnel, flight operations and procedures by which the Lab carries out its Unmanned Aircraft System operations.

The Lab is committed to the safe conduct of all its unmanned aircraft system operations and will ensure that the systems deployed are maintained and prepared in accordance with industry best practice. All operations will be carried out in accordance with the issued operational authorisation PDRA01 and abide by the requirements of Regulation (EU) 2019/947 as retained (and amended in UK domestic law) under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

It is accepted that the contents of this document do not override the necessity of reviewing and complying appropriately with any new or amended regulation published from time to time by the CAA addressed by this document.

1.5 Document Control and Amendment Process

All amendments to this Operations Manual are to be made by Brian Davison or other suitably qualified person and will be recorded on the Change Log Page. Each amendment is identified with a new version number, an amendment date, and a list of the major amendments incorporated. All amendments will be signed off by the Accountable Manager, Brian Davison.

The CAA will be informed of all major updates such as new aircraft or pilots.

All personnel working on behalf of the Lab will be informed of any changes to this Operations Manual and they must ensure they have access to a current up-to-date version either in electronic or paper format.



Brian Davison
16 July 2022
b.davison@napier.ac.uk

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