Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or Systems

Below you can find information to assist you with flying your drone safely to ensure that you are not posing a risk to any aircraft or people.

How to inform London City Airport of your drone or any unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)

All unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or systems (UASs) within our aerodrome used for commercial reasons or privately owned should be assessed and documented by London City Airport. In accordance with Article 94 of the 2016 Air Navigation Order, a UAV for commercial purposes requires permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) – a procedure which the CAA has delegated to London City Airport as the aerodrome license holder.

To guarantee that you notify London City Airport of your drone flight, please fill out the UAV notice form and email it to dronesafety@londoncityairport.com.

If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact the Aerodrome Operations Manager at 0207 646 0241.

It should be noted that any person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft must maintain direct, unaided visual contact with the aircraft in order to monitor its flight path in relation to other aircraft and obstacles. UAV pilots are responsible for their aircraft and UAVs should not take off without the pilot being confident that he/she can carry out the planned flight under current or predicted conditions. As of 30th July 2018 drone legislation in the UK restricts all drones from flying above 400ft (121.92m) or within 1km of an airport. This law also requires all owners of drones 250 grams or more to register with the CAA and for drone pilots to take an online safety test to ensure the UK’s skies are safe from irresponsible flyers; this requirement will come into force on 30 November 2019.

Drone Code

To ensure that you fly your drone safely and legally, please follow the simple steps in the Drone Code published by the CAA. The Drone Code can be found here

When flying your UAV, keep in mind that UK airspace is among the busiest in the world with light aircraft, military jets and helicopters operating at low level. Although, there is no legal requirement for any training, there are companies which offer short introductory lessons for new drone users to help you fly your drone safely.

Drone Assist

Drone Assist is the new drone safety app from NATS (National Air Traffic Services) which is designed to help you fly your drone safely. The app presents users with an interactive map of airspace used by commercial air traffic so that you can see which areas to avoid as well as areas where caution should be exercised. It also contains a ‘Fly Now’ feature that enables you to share your drone flight location with other app users and the wider drone community, helping to reduce the risk of a drone related incident in the UK’s airspace.

The app can be downloaded for free here for Apple devices and here for Andriod.

More information on how to fly drones safely can be found on www.dronesafe.uk, a website developed by NATS and the CAA.