Drone use is growing at a rapid rate in the UK and our skies are some of the busiest anywhere in the world.

There are policies in place to ensure that drones do not compromise the safety of our airports, with new legislation coming into force from 13 March.


Drones and airports from 13 March 2019

From 13 March 2019 it will be illegal to fly a drone inside an airport’s flight restriction zone without prior permission.  

You can check the restriction zone at Inverness Airport here.

Flying drones safely and legally

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.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) – the organisation responsible for regulating UK airspace and airports – has also produced a simple code to help people to help make sure people fly drones safely and legally. The steps on the code are outlined below and you can also download the code.

Steps in the CAA’s Drone Code include:

  • Don’t fly near airports or airfields
  • Remember to stay below 400ft (120m)
  • Observe your drone at all times – stay 150ft (approx 50m) away from people and property
  • Never fly near aircraft
  • Enjoy responsibly

Get permission

Anyone wishing to fly a drone near Inverness Airport must contact the airport in advance and should not proceed with the drone flight until permission has been agreed. To contact us about this, please email: invatc@hial.co.uk

Reporting safety concerns about drones

If you have any concerns about drones being used in vicinity of Inverness Airport area, either from a safety or privacy perspective, contact your local police on 101.

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