Cranfield University and Airport, in conjunction with ARPAS-UK and Envirosuite, are running an event to collect drone acoustic noise data to help establish current drone noise levels and characteristics with which to inform the CAA, academia and industry. It is anticipated that this will help initiate wider understanding of drone noise, together with development of drone noise standards and noise-related operational considerations. The CAA have been invited and are planned to be in attendance to witness the event.

Participants will only be accepted by registering interest in advance and must be able to arrive by 15:30 in order to take part. Drone flights will take place between 16:30 and 19:30. Hot food will be available at the end of the event to allow for networking and Q&A. The event is planned around current Government and University COVID guidance and places are limited. Although the event is entirely outdoors, toilet facilities will be available.

UAS/UAV/drone operators who are members of ARPAS-UK are being invited to apply and it is hoped that the ARPAS membership will be able to offer a range of drone types/variants to provide a wide sample of noise characteristics. Flights will be sequenced and carefully managed, and the airport will be closed for the duration of the event. Flights are expected to be programmed such that the UAV will take off and navigate between some waypoints autonomously. Only VTOL capable drones can be used as the take-off and landing area is not suitable for fixed-wing operations. RTH/RTL and geofences must available and be configured appropriately.

In the event of bad weather, the event could be cancelled with a minimum of 24 hours' notice.

Please get in touch if you have any queries.

Location and travel details

Cranfield University

Who should attend

Professional drone operators who are members of ARPAS-UK, and who hold CAA operator/flyer IDs, insurance, and whose platforms can fly a pre-programmed waypoint-based route autonomously (flight plan details will be provided to selected participants in the week leading up to the event).


Free to attend.

How to register

Please complete the online registration form.