Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) and Drones
With effect from 13 March 2019 new regulations come in to force regarding the flying of small unmanned aircraft (drones) in the vicinity of aerodromes with the establishment of flight restriction zones; details are set out in CAP1763. These restrictions apply to any small unmanned aircraft not matter how small.
Full details of the legislation can be found here.
You must not fly a SUA within the flight restricted zone of a protected aerodrome without obtaining permission. London Heliport is a protected aerodrome. Diagrams showing the Flight Restricted Zones around the London Heliport can be forwarded on request but a useful overview across the UK can be seen here.
- The flight restricted zone is active at all times (H24) and applies to all small unmanned aircraft of any mass, even small toys.
- During the hours of operation of the London Heliport ATC Unit (summer and winter 07:00-23:00 local times) permission must be obtained from the Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO) on duty. Outside ATC hours permission must be obtained from the aerodrome operator. If permission cannot be obtained the flight may not take place.
The contact number for The London Heliport is 0207 228 0181 or Air Traffic Control on 0207 924 1022
Any SUA remote pilots operating under ORS4 General Exemption E4853 are reminded that they shall not permit their aircraft to fly within the flight restriction zone of a protected aerodrome without permission.
Any model flying clubs or individuals who wish to enter in to annual agreement to operate within the London Heliport flight restriction zone should email the Senior Air Traffic Control Officer (SATCO) providing details of location together with days/times of operation.