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UK airspace is 'royally' busy this week...think twice before flying your drone.

This week, in the United Kingdom, we’re celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s birthday. What better way to celebrate than with a grand flypast of some of the greatest aircraft! But, where there’s a flypast, there are temporary flight restrictions and – given the magnitude and security of the event – those restrictions are perhaps even more important to be aware of particularly since they do apply to drone operations.

While we don’t blog about every temporal airspace change on a day-to-day basis (on a global scale, there are many!), the Queens’ birthday is likely to be an event that is going to attract a large proportion of photographers – many of whom will want to capture the action on the air and the crowds on the ground by drone.

The temporary restrictions in effect will apply to drone operations and it’s important to be aware that areas of the United Kingdom in which you can normally fly are now out-of-bounds for the specified timeframes.

Guidance attached to the restrictions includes the following specific warnings (emphasis ours) that ensure there can be no mistake that these restrictions do apply to drones too:

“… the term ‘aircraft’ includes, but is not limited to, all flying machines, as defined by the Air Navigation Order 2016, any small balloon, any kite weighing not more than two kg, any small unmanned aircraft and any parachute including a parascending parachute.”

In other words, do NOT fly your drone in these zones at the times indicated. These restrictions are in effect from the SURFACE at various altitudes, which mean you cannot fly your drone without prior clearance (which is likely to be rejected).

The effect to UK drone pilots, however, will be quite important. Take a look at the map snapshot below. The blue areas represent temporary flight restrictions over the next few days to a week, and you’ll note the larger areas (joined by blue ‘corridors’) are all related to the Queen’s Birthday Flypast:


Snapshot of selected UK Airspace Temporary Flight Restrictions as will be shown/showing on Alttiude Angel w/c 11th June 2017 for the Queen’s Birthday Flypast

So, even if you don’t think you’re where the ‘action’ is in London, remember, huge chunks of the United Kingdom are caught up and affected by the temporary restrictions on flight and these will include those planning to fly their drone recreationally or commercially.

Remember, Altitude Angel always shows the latest information and in the case of temporary flying restrictions where advanced notice has been published, we will give you advanced warning too, so we can all enjoy safer skies.

All our mobile apps, our online safety map and developer API feeds reflect these latest announcements.

Happy, safe, flying!

Altitude Angel

Altitude Angel

Altitude Angel is an aviation technology company delivering solutions which enable the safer integration and use of fully automated drones into airspace. Through its Airspace Management platform, GuardianUTM O/S, they deliver the essential software platform which enable national deployments of USpace compatible services, safely unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities and air navigation service providers to establish new services to support the growth in the drone industry.  

The foundation components of GuardianUTM O/S are also available to enable third-party UTM developers, drone manufacturers and software developers to incorporate enterprise-grade data and services into their UTM solutions.  

Altitude Angel was founded by Richard Parker in 2014 and is headquartered in Reading, UK.  

Altitude Angel’s developer platform is open and available to all at


For further information please contact:

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

+44 (0)118 391 3503

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