Drone 'nofly zone' around UK airports to be extended to 5km

Wed 20 Feb 2019 at 12:52 International
NNA - The "no-fly zone" for drones around UK airports is to be extended under plans announced by the government and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Drones and model aircraft will not be allowed within 5km (3 miles) of an airfield perimeter when the rules come into force on 13 March.

The so-called drone "no-fly zone" had previously extended to around 1km (0.6 miles).

The new boundary includes a 1km-wide area extending 5km from the end of an airport runway.

It is already against the law to fly a drone above 400 feet (121.9 metres).

Violating the rules could lead to a prison sentence of up to five years.

The CAA says those who need to fly in the restricted zone - for example, to make a survey of a building roof at a low height - will be able to apply for a permit to do so.--SkyNews


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