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Drones banned from flying over Windsor Castle during President Barack Obama's visit

Tara O'Connor

Tara O'Connor

Drones banned from flying over Windsor Castle during President Barack Obama's visit

Drones will be banned from flying over Windsor when President Barack Obama visits Windsor Castle on Friday.

Restrictions by the NATS (National Air Traffic Services) and the Civil Aviation Authority states it is part of ‘the overarching security plan’ for the presidential visit.

The restrictions were brought in under instruction from the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin who ‘decided it necessary’.

The regulations ban aircraft from flying below 2,500ft between Windsor and London unless they are using Heathrow, Stansted or London City airports.

The ban includes any small balloon, any kite weighing less than two kilograms, any small unmanned aircraft and any parachute.

Police are currently investigating reports of a drone hitting a plane landing at Heathrow Airport on Sunday.

Yesterday (Monday) a spokesperson for Heathrow said: “Anyone operating an unmanned aerial vehicle has an obligation to know the rules and ensure they are capable of operating it safely.

“Doing so in proximity to an airfield or aircraft is both illegal and clearly irresponsible.

“We will continue to work with our industry partners to ensure that any violation of airspace is fully prosecuted.”

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