In addition to delivery of projects, the GAL ANS Support department also undertakes a variety of other functions. These range from collation of the annual budget requirements, the handling of statistical data for various reporting needs, daily support to ATC Ops, such as surveys and creation of Temporary Instructions and responsibility for all Aerial Activities.
One key aspect of Aerial Activities is the approval process for Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operations. Last year, GAL ANS processed nearly 300 applications for the use of drones for commercial purposes. The ANS Support team has developed colour-coded maps that assist the assessment of determining the restrictions that need to be placed on UAS operations when in proximity to airports. In addition to approving Commercial UAS operations, the ANS Support team at GAL ANS also regularly assesses and provides approvals for Firework displays, fly-pasts, laser and light shows.