Short survey flights


A short survey flight is a survey flight in a CTR in which recordings are made over an object for a maximum of 10 minutes, with a maximum of five objects per flight.

Survey flights in a CTR lasting longer than 10 minutes and survey flights in other airspace are survey projects.


  1. Fill in the application form and mail it to the Operational Helpdesk.
  2. Submit your flight plan if you have been cleared.

1. Complete and email the application form

Complete the application form for the relevant CTR. Mail the completed application form to the Operational Helpdesk at least one hour before the start of your flight. The Operational Helpdesk will call you for approval or consultation.

* Are you conducting a short survey flight in the Schiphol CTR? Then filling in an SPO number is mandatory. More information about this can be found on the website of the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate.

2. Submit the flight plan

After approval, you submit a flight plan through the usual channels. Also, address the Operational Helpdesk via EHAMZXHD. Keep the Operational Helpdesk informed by telephone of the postponement, cancellation, or change of your flight.


As a flight operator of a short survey flight within the Amsterdam FIR, you are at all times responsible for:

  • Keeping the flight plan up to date.
  • Informing the Operational Helpdesk by telephone about the postponement, cancellation or change of the flight.
  • Closely following instructions from the Operational Helpdesk.
  • Obtain valid NOTAM information.
  • Obtaining clearance from the relevant air traffic control agency during your flight, before entering controlled airspace.
  • Coordination of the flight with foreign air traffic control service
  • If part of the survey flight takes place outside the Amsterdam FIR or in a part of the Amsterdam FIR where ATS has been delegated to a foreign air traffic control service, then as a flight operator you are at all times responsible for coordinating the flight in advance with the foreign air traffic control service. Take into account the obligations imposed by local laws and regulations.


The fact that the Operational Helpdesk coordinates and gives permission for your flight means that the air traffic control service is aware of your intention, but it does not mean that the air traffic control service has given you a clearance. You must receive a clearance from the air traffic controller during the flight on the relevant frequency.

If operational reasons so require, the relevant air traffic control service may postpone, cancel or abort the survey flight. A short survey flight can also be refused at any time.



Operational Helpdesk

Intermediary between airmen and air traffic control

Available daily between 07:00 and 17:00 (local time) for requests for special flights, activities, and events.

Operational Helpdesk