AN increase in the number drones being flown in the flight restriction zone at airfields used by the Royal Naval on The Lizard has prompted a warning from the local police force.

In a post on Facebook, Falmouth and Helston Police said over the past few months in the Helston area there has been an increase in the number of drones being flown within the flight restriction zone of RNAS Culdrose and Predannack Air Fields.

They warned pilots of drones that they must be mindful of the surrounding aircraft that they may be sharing airspace with.

“There are some laws which must be abided by when flying your drone,” they said. “If you do need to fly within the restricted zone you should contact Air Traffic Control in order to obtain clearance to ensure it is safe to do so.”

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A runway protection zone is a rectangle that extends 5km from aerodrome along the extended runway centre line, and also to 500m either side. The zone also applies to a height of 2,000 feet above ground level.

The law says pilots must register before flying most drones or model aircraft outdoors in the UK. Anyone who will fly must pass a theory test to get a flyer ID The person or organisation that owns or is responsible for the drone or model aircraft must register for an operator ID.


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The flyer ID shows you’ve passed a basic flying test and know how to fly safely and legally.

The operator ID is your registration number and must be labelled on your drone or model aircraft.

You do not need to register if you’ll only use a drone or model aircraft that weighs below 250g and is a toy or does not have a camera.

For further information visit Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) website: