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Restriction of drones, helicopters during AC

Aviation restricted areas

Government notices limiting the use of drones, helicopters and kites during the America’s Cup have been gazetted in advance of the sailing event.

The notices, gazetted by the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority, warns that the flying of aircraft, drones, helicopters, kites equipped to undertake any form of photography, microlights, gliders and balloons are not permitted in two separate areas of Bermuda airspace, which covers all of Bermuda, between the hours of 10.30am and 10pm on various dates between May 22 to June 30.

An ACBDA spokeswoman said: “The new regulations will be of interest to commercial and recreational drone operators, who should pay attention to the No-Fly Zone regulations.

“Should any person or business wish to operate in the Restricted Air Space they will require special exemption from these restrictions and they should apply early, citing their reasons. Application for special exception does not guarantee approval and each application will be considered on its merit.

“The regulations are in place primarily for safety reasons and fines apply for those who do not comply.”

Approval to operate in the Restricted Air Space is granted only by the Governor of Bermuda through the office of Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority. These requests must first be approved by America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA). All drone operators must first apply for permission from ACEA by emailing airspacerestrictions@americascup.com.

International commercial air transport, including scheduled and non-scheduled passenger aircraft, international general aviation and emergency services such as medevac are permitted under these regulations.

The full notices — along with a list of all approved operators — will be made available at www.bcaa.bm.