Drone Operations

The restrictions on flying drones near airports and airfields have recently changed.

It is now illegal to fly within the Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ) of a protected aerodrome, or within any other airspace restriction without permission. You are not permitted to fly a drone within the FRZ as indicated by the map below, at any time, unless you have permission from Air Traffic Control at the airport.

The map below shows the no-fly zone surrounding Newcastle Airport. It is a criminal offence to fly a drone in this area without permission, failure to adhere to this may result in a prison sentence

To obtain permission to fly a drone within this area, a request should be made in the first instance via e-mail to Air Traffic Control, giving 24hrs notice. The request should include the following information:

• Date/time and duration of flight
• Location (full address including postcode)
• Maximum height of Drone above ground level
• Operator name and contact details (including mobile number)
• Additional information (operator ID, qualifications)

Drone pilots will then be asked to call Air Traffic Control via telephone 20 minutes prior to flying for final approval. The telephone number will be provided in the e-mail request acknowledgement.

Data from drones in this vicinity, which may include personal data, will be obtained, retained and shared with appropriate law enforcement agencies for the purposes of crime prevention & public safety. Please see our privacy policy for more information.

The Drone Code

When you fly a drone in the UK it is your responsibility to be aware of the rules that are in place to keep everyone safe. Follow these steps to make sure you are flying safely and legally:

Don’t fly near airports or airfields - it is illegal to fly within 5km of an airport

Remember to stay below 400ft (120m)

Observe your drone at all times – stay 150ft (50m) away from people and property

Never fly near aircraft 

Enjoy responsibly