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Air Tattoo Drone Warning To Operators

Published: 02 Jul 2015


The Royal International Air Tattoo is warning that anyone flying drones or small unmanned aircraft systems may face prosecution if they operate them at or around RAF Fairford.

The call has been prompted by safety concerns following a spate of recent incidents at airports and other airfields around the UK. 

Article 161 of the Air Navigation Order grants the Air Tattoo Restricted Airspace between Wednesday, July 15 and Monday July 20 to allow safe conduct of the event and contravention of that would constitute a criminal act.

Air Tattoo Chief Executive Andy Armstrong said he was making the appeal to highlight to the owners of drones or small unmanned aircraft systems the potential serious consequences of operating them within restricted airspace.

He said: "The use of these small flying machines to capture aerial video footage is becoming increasingly popular. I wish to remind people that rules and regulations exist surrounding their operation and that, in the case of the Air Tattoo, none are permitted to be airborne at or around the airshow.

"My priority is to ensure we stage a safe event, for participants and public alike, and I advise anyone who sees 'drone' activity within the Air Tattoo airspace to report it to the Police."

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