This is a shocker from the UK CAA, there needs to be a proper investigation into who has their hand up the regulator’s back. Smacks of corruption at the highest level. It’s not the helicopters they are worried about it’s the betting syndicates gaining a microsecond advantage from drone live feeds.

They plainly don’t realise the efficacy of some zoom systems these days.

The 2022 Grand National will be held at Aintree Racecourse from 7 to the 9 April

There will be a large number of helicopters operating from the temporary heliport at the racecourse; therefore, the Secretary of State for Transport has decided that it is necessary to introduce Restriction of Flying Regulations under Article 239 of the Air Navigation Order 2016.

THESE RESTRICTIONS OF FLYING DO NOT APPLY TO MANNED AIRCRAFT

Subject to paragraph 3, between 0730 hours and 1830 hours on each day
beginning with 7 April 2022 and ending on 9 April 2022, no unmanned aircraft is
to fly below 2000 FT AMSL within the area bounded by a circle having a radius of 1
NM whose centre is at 532827N 0025622W.

Paragraph 2 does not apply to any unmanned aircraft flying with a permission from
Aintree Temporary Heliport who may be contacted on 07968-758915 or at
[email protected]

The times mentioned in paragraph 2 are Co-ordinated Universal Time (UTC), which
is one hour behind British Summer Time (BST).

Further enquiries of Airspace Restrictions and the Civil Aviation Authority can be
made to Mr S J Maxted, Airspace Regulator, Safety and Airspace Regulation Group
at [email protected]

Details of Restricted Airspace feature in the daily AIS Information Line message
08085-354802 and 01489-887515 and will be included on the Pre-flight Information
Bulletins (PIB) through the AIS Website at http://www.nats.aero/ais

By Gary Mortimer

Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.