Drones are increasingly used by both commercial operators and hobbyists and are increasingly popular throughout the UK.
The airspace around airports and airfields is protected by an area called the Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ) and Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) To fly a drone in this area requires permission from Air Traffic Control (ATC)

Flight Restriction Zones are a lot larger than people may think and span 5km from the airport runway. Using a drone and not knowing the rules and regulations may be put people in danger and puts you at the risk of prosecution.
There’s lots of information and guidance available on the Drone Safe website including the Drone code published by The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
https://dronesafe.uk/drone-code/ 

Download a Drone Code poster which will show you how to use a drone safely.
https://dronesafe.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Drone-Code_October2019.pdf

Some facts you should know:

  • To fly a drone in the restricted  area requires permission from Air Traffic Control (ATC)
  • Drones between 250g and 20Kg are required by law to be registered  https://dronesafe.uk/registration/
  • If you are using a Drone you are responsible for each flight. Legal responsibility lies with you.
  • Failure to fly responsibly could result in criminal prosecution.

Restricted area around Birmingham Airport:

We want people to enjoy the use of Drones in a safe and legal way and if you have concerns about the use of drones where you live please contact WMP online live chat
https://west-midlands.police.uk/ Or call us on 101.

For further guidance on the use of Drones visit
https://west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/drones

Message Sent By
Jayne Turner (Police Staff, Partnerships Engagement Officer, Solihull)