Drone ban as airspace restrictions introduced during COP26

World leaders are due to travel to Glasgow for the climate change summit in November.

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Temporary airspace restrictions are to be implemented in Scotland during COP26.

The restrictions will come into effect from 23:59 on October 30 until 23:59 on November 13.

They will include areas of Greater Glasgow, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire, Argyll and Bute, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Stirling, Edinburgh the Lothians and Fife.

Police Scotland have said the restrictions will apply to all aircraft, including hot air balloons and drones.

Large aircraft, scheduled to carry passengers or freight, will be permitted to fly as normal.

Inspector Graeme Rankin from Police Scotland’s Aviation Safety and Security Unit said: “Temporary airspace restrictions have been put in place to ensure the safety of aviators, the public and world leaders, heads of state and delegates attending the COP26 conference.

“Police Scotland have a responsibility to take measures to protect the aviating and general public who stay in, work in, visit or fly over Scotland.

“Although there is no specific threat related to the event, we will be prepared for any eventuality.

“Those looking to fly in restricted airspace between 30 October and 13 November must seek permission from Police Scotland.

“Ignoring the restrictions, or flying in an irresponsible manner anywhere constitutes a number of offences and may put the safety of aviators and others at risk.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the aviation community, including airports and air traffic controllers for their understanding and support with the preparation of the restriction and have confidence that the majority of aviators will fly safely and responsibly.

“Police Scotland will be supported by partner agencies to ensure those breaching the legislation are prosecuted.”

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