Drone Restrictions Around Heliport

London HeliportDrone Restrictions Around the Heliport

Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) And Drones

In the United Kingdom, flights of unmanned aircraft around aerodromes that are designated as ‘protected aerodromes’ are restricted.

With effect from 13 March 2019 new regulations come in to force regarding the flying of small unmanned aircraft (drones) in the vicinity of aerodromes with the establishment of flight restriction zones; details are set out in CAP1763. These restrictions apply to any small unmanned aircraft no matter how small.

Full details of the legislation can be found here.

The London Heliport administers all drone flight requests within its aerodrome using Altitude Angel’s suite of technology to manage these requests.

Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ)

You must not fly a SUA within the flight restricted zone of a protected aerodrome without obtaining permission. The London Heliport is a protected aerodrome. Diagrams showing the Flight Restricted Zones around The London Heliport can be forwarded on request but a useful overview across the UK can be seen here.

The flight restricted zone is active at all times (H24) and applies to all small unmanned aircraft of any mass, even small toys.

During the hours of operation of the London Heliport ATC Unit (summer and winter 07:00-23:00 local times) permission must be obtained from the Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO) on duty.

Outside ATC hours permission must be obtained from the aerodrome operator. If permission cannot be obtained the flight may not take place.

Any SUA remote pilots operating under ORS4 General Exemption E4853 are reminded that they shall not permit their aircraft to fly within the flight restriction zone of a protected aerodrome without permission.

The Drone Code

When you fly a drone in the UK, it is your responsibility to be aware of the rules that are in place to keep everyone safe. Follow these simple steps to make sure you are flying safely and legally.

Terms and Conditions

  • The flight is to be conducted in accordance with the Air Navigation Order and you are responsible for avoiding all other aircraft at all times. You must have a flight assistant present at all times to maintain lookout and visual contact with the UAS.

  • Approval for access to airspace is given on the basis of remaining entirely within the limits of the stated lateral and vertical operating area stated above and no safety assurance against other Unusual Air Activities taking place in the same area is given or implied.

  • The Operator must maintain direct, unaided visual contact with the UAS at all times, sufficient to monitor its flight path in relation to other aircraft, persons, vehicles, vessels and structures for the purpose of avoiding collisions for which you are exclusively responsible and liable for.

  • The on-site Operator shall have this Approval, CAA Permission for Commercial Operation (if required) and when relevant Non-Standard Flight Permission from NATS) (for operations in the R157 Restricted Airspace) in their possession at all times during flight. (See https://www.nats.aero/airspace/drones/ and www.caa.co.uk/uas).

  • The operator/ flight assistant shall maintain an exclusive telephone line for ATC to contact them in the event of an emergency. The UAS must be landed immediately if any incident arises or is likely.

  • Operators are required to have UAS Insurance sufficient to cover all aviation risks that may arise.

  • The granting of Air Traffic Control Approval/ Clearance does not imply exemption from the requirements of the Air Navigation Order or the Rules of the Air Regulations. Applications for flights which require exemption or written permission under the Air Navigation Order must be made to the Civil Aviation Authority.

  • At least 500ft vertical separation must be maintained at all times between the minimum height available to aircraft within the ATZ and the maximum height at which the UAS is flown.

  • Please advise us of any changes to the arrangements.

  • Please be advised that any information given may be shared with Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism.


The charge is for assessment and approval is to operate at one location within a defined radius.  All charges are processed via Altitude Angel [FAQ]

UAV Safeguarding Assessment & Operation Type Price (Incl VAT)
Within ATZ and Circuit (Approach and Take off) £110
Within ATZ and of outside of the circuit (including R157 restricted Airspace where it coincides with ATZ)

N.B. Permission required from NATS for the R157 area. Please submit this permission with your application

Request Permission

Drone flight requests with London Heliport aerodrome must be submitted 48 hours in advance.  If you have any urgent requirements that sit outside of these parameters, please submit a flight request, and contact us at +44207 228 0181 during office hours or email drones@londonheliport.co.uk

The operator must also contact London Heliport at least 1 hour prior to launching the UAS to obtain ATC Clearance. Please ensure that you have your authorisation number.

To submit a drone flight request, you have the following options.

Drone Safety Map by Altitude Angel

Using the Map below, please locate London Heliport aerodrome and select the FRZ and click “Request to Fly here” ..and you will be directed to Altitude Angel’s Operator Portal. Click here for further information and access to the user guide.

Drone Assist Mobile App by Altitude Angel

Region: UK 

Drone Assist is the #1 drone safety app from Altitude Angel in the UK. It provides an interactive map of the sky and is used by general aviation, other airspace users, and drone pilots! It is tailored specifically for the UK audience. It allows you to see areas to avoid or in which extreme caution should be exercised and ground hazards that may pose safety, security or privacy risks when flying your drone.

If you are an existing Altitude Angel user, your user credentials can also be used for both the Drone Assist App and Operator Portal, and vice versa.

Once logged into the App, locate London Heliport aerodrome on the interactive Map. Create your mission plan using the in-app technology, which will automatically request approval if the mission plan resides within the our aerodrome.

For more information on the Altitude Angel’s Drone Assist APP, a user guide can be located within the APP or click here to learn more.

The free app is available in the Apple Store and Google Play store.