UK extends 'no-fly' zone for drones

Drone in flight


The UK Government has announced new legislation to extend a ‘no-fly’ zone around airports, banning drones from flying within 5km of runways, effective March 2019.

Work to progress a new Drones Bill is under. The bill will give police officers powers to stop and search people suspected of using drones maliciously above 400ft or within 5km of an airport — helping them to tackle disruption. It will also give new powers to the police to clamp down on those misusing drones and other small unmanned aircraft – including the power to access electronic data stored on a drone – with a warrant.

Users have been advised against flying drones close to airports and are also advised to observe all relevant rules and regulations when operating the device. Authorities warn of severe penalties, including imprisonment, for any violations.