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Avoiding Prison(s)

Working with HM Prison Service, we are pleased to announce the general availability of our UK Prisons datasets to our apps, maps and developer platform APIs. This means it is now easy for drone pilots to identify prisons and other HM Prisons facilities. Connected drones and flight planning apps using our geofencing platform will automaticallyreceive the new areas and help you avoid them.

It may come as a surprise, however, only a few prisons in the United Kingdom are actually covered by specific regions of regulated airspace which would prohibit flight over them. Other than conditions otherwise stipulated within the Air Navigation Order, this means there are no specific aerial restrictions in force. In addition, as many UK prisons are located within relatively dense urban environments, creating ‘arbitrary’ circular restricted areas over them would potentially impact those flying legally nearby, caught up in the catchment area of the circle.

Introducing Prison Land Boundaries

To help you identify UK prisons, we have taken the land boundary of the prison and inflated it by 50 metres – the distance the Air Navigation Order requires you to keep from buildings or structures that are not under your control (of course, if you are a licensed commercial drone pilot and you do have such permission, you will be able to ‘filter’ the prison zones from view).

The example below shows a UK prison overlaid on to our Ordnance Survey base map – a really popular choice for those flying in the UK:

An example of a UK prison on our web drone safety map, showing the land boundary inflated by 50 metres to ensure compliance with the Air Navigation Order

Clicking on the prison will yield further guidance:

Note: we have listed all HM Prisons (and related facilities) as ‘red zones’ on our map, to indicate that the area is a ‘high risk’ zone, and that flight of your drone might be hazardous and/or prohibited.

Altitude Angel

Altitude Angel

Altitude Angel is an award-winning provider of UTM (Unified Traffic Management) software, enabling those planning to operate, or develop UTM/U-Space solutions, to quickly integrate robust data and services with minimum effort.

From a consistent, well-documented and standards-based platform, drone manufacturers such as DJI and cutting-edge software developers around the world use our Developer Platform to obtain rich, relevant and local geofencing data, exchange and share flight plans, de-conflict their own flights in real-time and interface with national flight authorisation systems. A growing portfolio of enhanced capabilities help our customers to comply with current and future regulations and interface with changing national systems with only minimal effort.

Altitude Angel’s first party solutions also power some of the world’s leading ANSPs, aviation authorities and Enterprises, including LVNL (Netherlands) and Avinor (Norway), empowering them with new capabilities to safely manage and integrate drone traffic into national operations.

Today, Altitude Angel’s market-defining technology is providing a critical, enabling service on which the future of UTM, especially in controlled airspace, will be built across the globe.

By unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities, ANSPs, developers and enterprise organisations, Altitude Angel is establishing new services to support the growth in the drone industry.

In 2021 Altitude Angel won a prestigious Air Traffic Management (ATM) Magazine Award in the ‘UTM Service Suppliers’ category, which recognises pioneering technologies and procedures developed by UTM service suppliers to advance safety and complex operations, for its Pop-Up UTM platform.  Read more about the awards here.

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Stephen Farmer, Altitude Angel, Head of Corporate Communications & PR

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