Widespread flight bans have been confirmed ahead of President Trump touching down in the UK this week.
The President of the United States is due to visit the south of England on Thursday and Friday, July 12 and 13, during which time drone pilots will be banned from operating in restricted areas.
Restrictions of flying, including the operation of all drones, have been confirmed for areas across London and multiple locations in neighbouring counties, including Essex, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire for the visiting Head of State.
The Civil Aviation Authority has urged all aviators to check restrictions before flying during the state visit. It said: “Pilots and drone operators are reminded to take account of the restrictions when planning flights. The restrictions are in place for the safety of all aircraft.”
The scope of the ban is not yet clear. It has been reported that pilots have been grounded as part of the President’s security measures.
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.”