How to avoid issues with your drone and low flying military aircraft RAF & MOD in the Lake District
The Lake District in Cumbria is a designated low flying area LFA17, flying last low as 250 ft over land and even lower over water.. The Lake District is also a World Heritage site of outstanding natural beauty and a magnet for drone photographers wishing to film. Both can happily coexist if a few rules are followed.
- Firstly follow the drone code http://dronesafe.uk/drone-code/ Please note that the 400ft limit could bring drones and military jets into the same airspace, so additional measures need to be adopted to maintain separation.
- Check the UK military low flying timetables https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/operational-low-flying-training-timetable – Please note that these are only a guide and the jets don’t follow this timetable to the exact minute and are often delayed for various reasons.
- Inform MOD low level advisory service of any UAV flight by contacting them on 0800 515544 email SWKemail@example.com at least 4 hours (preferably the day before) before any proposed drone flight giving them full details of your flight including location and height etc.
- Use the drone assist app (assuming you can get a mobile signal as the Lake District is notorious for lack of mobile signal) to alert all airspace users as to your activity http://dronesafe.uk/safety-apps/
- Always be aware that fast jets approach very quickly and you will see them long before you hear them. Ideally have an observer or spotter with you to observe the sky and alert you to any danger.
- Always plan what you will do if you see a fastjet and what actions you will take to avoid any collision so that you are prepared (usually this is to decrease the drones altitude as quickly as possible, assuming this can be done safely.
Low level advisory service
Telephone: 0800 515544
Low flying information for England, Wales and Scotland
Telephone: 01780 417558
Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm