Effective March 13, 2019, the AirMap Platform has been updated to reflect new regulations put in place by the UK government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for airspace near airports. Moreover, AirMap has been designated by the UK CAA as a trusted Safety App to help UK-based drone operators access information about how to fly their drones safely and legally, without endangering others.
These new rules, enacted March 13, update the restricted airspace for drones near all UK airports in an effort to enhance airport safety. The new restriction zones include the boundaries of each airport’s aerodrome traffic zone (ATZ) as well as 5 km by 1 km extensions away from airport runways to protect takeoffs and landings. This is an update from the previous 1 km no-fly zones around airport boundaries. Flying within these zones requires permission from air traffic control at the airport or, if air traffic control is not operational, from the airport itself. In addition to the regulation update, AirMap added the ability to view active Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) in the UK.