Drones

  • London Biggin Hill Airport is protected with a Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ).
  • It is illegal to fly any drone at any time within the Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) unless you have permission from air traffic control at the airport.

Flight Restricted Zone

In the United Kingdom, flights of unmanned aircraft around aerodromes that are designated as ‘protected aerodromes’ are restricted. Unmanned aircraft of any size must not be flown within the Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ) of a protected aerodrome, without appropriate permission.

Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) Dimensions

The Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) is designed to keep aircraft operating at the airport safe. The FRZ extends upwards to a height of 2,000 feet above the airfield and consists of two elements:

  1. The dimension of the airfield’s existing Aerodrome Traffic Zone (ATZ), which has a radius of two and a half nautical miles.
  2. A Runway Protected Zone (RPZ) which is a five kilometre by one kilometre zone starting from a point known as the ‘threshold’ which is located at both ends of the runway.

Drone Safety Map by Altitude Angel

The Drone Code

When you fly a drone in the UK, it is your responsibility to be aware of the rules that are in place to keep everyone safe. Please click the button below to learn about the drone code:

Requesting Permission to Fly within the Biggin Hill FRZ

Drone flight requests within the Biggin Hill FRZ must be submitted 48 hours in advance. Any drone flight request made within the 48 hours notice period might not be processed in adequate time.

How to Request Permission to Fly within the Biggin Hill FRZ

Biggin Hill Airport administers all drone flight requests through Altitude Angel. To request permission you can either:

Locate London Biggin Hill Airport and select the FRZ and click “Request to Fly here”.

For existing Altitude Angel users, the link will take you directly to Altitude Angel’s Operator Portal, where you can submit your mission details for approval to us.

For new Altitude Angel users, then by clicking on the link, you will be presented with the option to register for free and then proceed to your new account to submit your mission details.

If you are an existing Altitude Angel user, your user credentials can also be used for both the Drone Assist App and Operator Portal, and vice versa.

Once logged into the App, locate London Biggin Hill Airport on the interactive Map. Create your mission plan using the in-app technology, which will automatically request approval if the mission plan resides within the London Biggin Hill Airport FRZ.

For more information on the Altitude Angel’s Drone Assist APP, a user guide can be located within the APP or click here to learn more.

The free app is available in the Apple Store and Google Play store.

Other Drone Queries

Should you have any other queries regarding flying a drone within the Biggin Hill Airport FRZ please contact the drone coordinator (drone.coordinator@bigginhillairport.com).

Please Note: Drone flight approval can only be obtained by submitting a mission request through the Altitude Angel operator portal or Drone Assist App as described above.