Drones banned from Wimbledon as service gets underway on Centre Court

Day Two: The Championships – Wimbledon 2018

Unmanned aerial vehicles have been placed on the no entry list for Wimbledon in order to protect safety and privacy.

As the world-famous tennis event got underway in South London yesterday, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has implemented a temporary airspace ban over the grass tennis courts.

The CAA commented that, due to the large number of visitors expected to attend the event, 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.

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Between 8am and 10pm on each day of the event, no aircraft is permitted to fly below 1,500ft within the restricted area.

The ban will be in place for the duration of the two-week sporting event at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, from 30 June to 16 July 2018.

A ban was also put in place for the royal wedding in May. Commercial Drone Professional reported that this restriction was implemented with the Queen’s support.

According to the Evening Standard, a source from the palace said: “The Queen was notified that an order was being sought to prevent drones flying over Windsor Castle on the wedding day and she agreed to it.

“They are a nuisance and intrusive and Thames Valley Police are asking the local people to report a drone if it is in the air or if they see somebody preparing to take one off.”

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