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Drone warning ahead of Festival of Motorcycling

by TH

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No drones allowed.

That’s the message to residents and visitors as the Festival of Motorcycling approaches.

The Civil Aviation Administration is reminding people not to use the flying cameras to film any practice or race sessions.

Deputy Director of Civil Aviation Colin Gill says: “As with the TT Races, the airspace above the course needs to be kept clear for potential use by emergency helicopters before, during, and after racing or practising takes place.

“Drones can also pose a serious distraction to riders, and race marshals are informed to immediately report any drones to race control and the police which may result in the practice or race being halted, as was the case during a TT practice session earlier this year.

“The Festival of Jurby held at Jurby Airfield on 26 August is also a no drone zone, both for the protection of the riders and due to a helicopter flying display taking place during the day.”

A no-fly zone is in place from August 18th to September 1st within the area of the TT Race Course – and again on August 26th around Jurby Airfield.

Anyone who breaches the restrictions could be fined up to £2,500.

“As with the TT Races, the airspace above the course needs to be kept clear for potential use by emergency helicopters before, during, and after racing or practising takes place."

Colin Gill, Deputy Director of Civil Aviation

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