Information about Drones

This page is intended to inform drone pilots of safety information relevant to Wycombe Air Park. For full clarification of the laws and advice concerning drone flying, please visit the CAA website or

General rules for drone flying

On 13 March 2019 the drone flight restriction zone around airfields changed. The government has introduced a new rule stating that the 1km restriction from the airfield boundary is replaced by a restriction using the airfield’s existing aerodrome traffic zone (ATZ), which has a radius of two nautical miles and then five kilometres by one kilometre zones starting from the point known as the ‘threshold’ at the end of each runway. Both zones extend upwards to a height of 2,000 feet above the airfield.

It is illegal to fly any drone at any time within these restricted zones unless you have permission from air traffic service at the airport or, if air traffic service is not operational, from the airport itself.

An interactive map of the UK showing each airfield’s restriction is available here.

Aircraft regularly fly below 400ft in the ATZ when approaching or departing the airfield, therefore, Wycombe Air Park activily encourages engagement with drone operators (regardless of drone mass) so that we can explain our operation to you.

Where is our Flight Restriction Zone?

Our Aerodrome Traffic Zone extends in a circle 2 nautical miles around the airfield and we have runway extensions over High Wycombe, Marlow and the Hambleden Valley.

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How to request permission to operate a drone

Please email the following information to as far in advance as possible:
Operator Name:
Contact Email:
Contact Tel:
Date of Operation:
Time of Operation:
Exact location (with Postcode, Lat/Long and/or Google Maps screenshot):
Maximum Height Required:
Details of Drone to be Operated:
Purpose of Operation

Admin Charges


Daytime - From £135 + VAT subject to location

Out of hours - £45 + VAT


Our Operations and Air Traffic Control teams will review the details submitted and email you back with a reference for the request and any potential restrictions (i.e. max height 200ft etc) and the procedure for on the day. The email response does not constitute a permission. Permission can only be granted, based on operational conditions on the day. By providing this information in advance it means our team can prepare and have all the information to hand. Where the information is received on the day it may not be possible for us to issue permission if ATC are too busy to review the request.

General Operating Rules

  1. Always keep your drone in sight
  2. Stay below 400ft (120 metres) above the ground
  3. Every time you fly your drone you must follow the manufacturers instructions
  4. Keep at least 150ft (50 metres) away from people and property or 500ft (150 metres) from crowds and built up areas
  5. You are responsible for each flight

The Drone Assist app (you can see more about this on the Dronesafe website) shows up to date safety information about airspace over the UK.

If you have any queries or need any clarification with regards to drone flying please feel free to get in touch with us on 01494 443 737. It’s highly recommended that you visit the CAA and Dronesafe websites to ensure that you’re keeping yourself and others safe. We are also keen to know how popular drone flying is in our local area so please get in touch.

Contact Information

Wycombe Air Park,
Booker, Marlow
Bucks, SL7 3DP

Tel: 01494 443 737

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