Project Pegasus

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If you hear or see anything unusual in or around your local airfield... Report it.
Even the smallest thing can be significant.

Smuggling causes immense harm to the UK, whether it is the movement of people, drugs, explosives, guns or other commodities.

There are tens of thousands of light aircraft, helicopters and microlights in the UK, and a lot of airfields. These are not just the large commercial airports which are staffed by the police and Border Force, but also private aerodromes and old bomber bases, small club strips and farmers’ fields.

We can’t watch every plane and every airstrip 24 hours a day, so we need your help.

Project Pegasus is an initiative between the Police, the National Crime Agency (NCA), UK Border Force and the aviation community. It encourages those who work, visit, or live near to aviation sites to be extra vigilant to counter the threat of terrorism and organised crime. In doing so it helps to keep these sites safe to for those who use them legitimately.


Help us to protect you. Please report activity that makes you unconfortable or suspicious and we'll make sure the information gets to the people who need to see it.

Here are just some of the things to look out for:

Is the pilot :

  • Inexperienced, nervous, or vulnerable to pressure?
  • Flying at the edge of his or her capabilities
  • Disregarding the weather conditions
  • Pushing their luck on short airstrips or in low light?
  • Taking risks with fuel? Damaging planes too often?
  • Ignoring aviation regulations? Filing misleading or false General Aviation Reports or flight plans?
  • Being evasive about passengers, flights, routes?


Are there suspicious associates around?

Is the aircraft :

  • Modified to increase range or load?
  • Carrying extra fuel?
  • Visiting remote destinations, rarely-used sites and isolated airfields?
  • Staying at a foreign destination very briefly relative to the effort made to get there?
  • Regularly suffering minor damage?
  • Covered in mud when only tarmac strips are on the flight plans?
  • Landing short of its notified destination?


Have you spotted :

  • Reconnaissance – attempts to test or research security around an airfield?
  • Individuals buying equipment, chemicals, uniform, badges?
  • People in the wrong place or behaving oddly?
  • Packages being dropped from low-flying planes?
  • An odd pattern of aircraft hirings?
  • Club-hopping by non-local pilots linked to attempts to reach distant destinations?
  • Signs of disguised continuation flights or deviations from plan?
  • Strange or fraudulent patterns of payment?


Are all employees appropriately vetted?

Is the airfield or site :

  • Getting extra or unusual use without plausible explanation?
  • Receiving puzzling deliveries?
  • Showing unusual activity on the ground around a landed aircraft?


Are windsocks or lights suddenly appearing? Is activity occurring at odd times, or being disguised or concealed?

If you see unusual activity :

  • Do not take direct action or confront individuals.
  • Do not reveal your suspicions
  • Record as much detail as you can


Help us to protect you. Report anything unusual by calling 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting Pegasus.

  • Who did you see?
  • What did you see? The more specific you are, the better we can explore it.
  • When did you see it?
  • Why was it strange or suspicious?


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