Where are the ‘Restricted Zones’ around Norwich?
Most drones come with a companion smartphone app and most if not all will feature some kind of geofencing map which indicates specific zones within their proximity. We Fly with DJI who are world leaders in drone technology. Below are features based on our experience using their GEO map.
Recommended flight: This area is unrestricted and not highlighted on a GEO map. These are the recommended areas for flights
Warning Zones. In these Zones, which may not necessarily appear on an app map, users will be prompted with a warning message. These are mainly in airspace commonly used by low flying aircraft.
Enhanced Warning Zones. In these Zones, operators will be prompted within the drone app at the time of flight to unlock the zone using the same steps as in an Authorization Zone, but you do not require a verified operator ID or an internet connection at the time of your flight.
Authorization Zones. In these Zones, which appear blue, users are prompted with a warning and flight is limited by default. Authorization Zones may be unlocked by authorized users that have a verified operator ID. Carrow Road Stadium is situated in an Authorisation Zone.
Altitude Zones: Altitude zones will appear in grey on the map. Users receive warnings in their drone app and flight altitude is limited to what has been specified by the nearest authority. In Norwich these are set on the flight paths approaching and leaving Norwich Airport
Regulatory Restricted Zones: Due to local regulations and policies, flights are prohibited within the scope of some special areas. For example, over HMP Norwich.
Restricted Zones. In these Zones, drone users are prompted by their flight app with a warning and flight is prevented. The drone will not take off at all. The app blocks all communication to the drone.
If you want to operate in a Restricted Zone, there is a process to request permission, this includes submitting a request with details of the time/date that you wish to fly and a maximum altitude that you require, along with details of your operator ID licence and any insurances you hold. The request is submitted to Norwich Airport who must approve it before you can fly. Once approval has been given Norwich Airport give their authority by email and notify Norfolk Constabulary in the process.
You can now request that the drone manufacturer unlocks the requested zone during the date/time permitted by Norwich Airport. The drone will not fly outside the zone specified and will not go above the allowed altitude. A call must be maid to the control tower at least 30 minutes before you want to start flying.