London, UK: As the leaders of the seven most powerful nations arrive in Cornwall this week for the G7 Summit, anyone planning to get a glimpse of US President Joe Biden or France President Emmanuel Macron from the air will be sorely disappointed as airspace over the UK’s southern most county has been closed to all but the birds and security services.
Anyone wishing to fly a drone or light aircraft between 7pm on Wednesday, 9 June and 10pm Sunday, 13 June will find themselves grounded as the security services have deemed the sky ‘off limits’ to all civilian aircraft.
As shown on Altitude Angel’s dronesafetymap.com, a free drone flight planning tool, Cornwall has been covered by a Temporary Restricted Area, shown on the map in blue, displaying the area in which drone and manned aircraft flights have been prohibited.
“The sky above Cornwall will look very different over the next few days,” said Phil Binks, Altitude Angel, Head of Air Traffic Management. “Whilst drone and light aircraft activity will be banned, the skies won’t be quiet. There will be an increase in military activity so anyone living or on holiday in the area will be treated to the sights and sounds of helicopters flying overhead.”
“I would strongly recommend any pilot in or around the South West of England, of either a manned or unmanned aircraft, check the status of the airspace over which they intend to fly this weekend using dronesaftetymap.com or by downloading the Drone Assist app. Either flying or straying into the restricted airspace might not end well…”
About Altitude Angel:
Altitude Angel is the world’s leading provider of UTM (Unified Traffic Management) software, enabling those planning to operate, or develop UTM/U-Space solutions, to quickly integrate robust data and services with minimum effort.
From a consistent, well-documented and standards-based platform, drone manufacturers such as DJI and cutting-edge software developers around the world use our Developer Platform to obtain rich, relevant and local geofencing data, exchange and share flight plans, de-conflict their own flights in real-time and interface with national flight authorisation systems. A growing portfolio of enhanced capabilities help our customers to comply with current and future regulations and interface with changing national systems with only minimal effort.
Altitude Angel’s first party solutions also power some of the world’s leading ANSPs, aviation authorities and Enterprises, including LVNL (Netherlands) and Avinor (Norway), empowering them with new capabilities to safely manage and integrate drone traffic into national operations.
Today, Altitude Angel’s market-defining technology is providing a critical, enabling service on which the future of UTM, especially in controlled airspace, will be built across the globe.
By unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities, ANSPs, developers and enterprise organisations, Altitude Angel is establishing new services to support the growth in the drone industry.
Altitude Angel was founded by Richard Parker in 2014 and is headquartered in Reading, UK.
Altitude Angel’s developer platform is open and available to all at https://developers.altitudeangel.com