Fans attending the Isle of Man's TT festival are being warned about the risks of flying drones during the event.
The Isle of Man Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) stated that it is illegal to operate a drone within 1000m (3280ft) of the Mountain course during practice and race sessions, and offenders could face prosecution and fines up to £10,000.
Colin Gill from the CAA emphasized that no-fly zones are established to “ensure the safety” of the riders. From 29 May to 11 June, any illegally flown drones will be reported to the Police by marshals and may lead to races being stopped, as they could “pose a serious distraction” to participants.
The CAA noted that airspace restrictions over the Mountain course are necessary for emergency and filming helicopters. Gill said that while the Isle of Man's racing festivals are a fantastic display, operators should respect restrictions to ensure “the events remain a safe and enjoyable spectacle of racing.”
Additionally, drones are reportedly prohibited from flying over or within six miles (9.65km) of Douglas during the Red Arrows display on 8 June from 19:20 until 20:10 BST, as “any drone flight in the vicinity could cause danger.”
Pre-TT Classic road races from 26 to 28 May and Southern 100 races in July at the Billown Circuit in Castletown also have airspace restrictions due to their proximity to the Isle of Man Airport. Gill explained that drones shouldn't be flown in these areas because of the dangers they could pose to aircraft taking off or landing.
Drone owners are also reminded of similar restrictions during the Manx Grand Prix from 20 to 29 August, which likewise prohibits drones within 1000m of the Mountain course.
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