Flying Model Aircraft and Drones

We want everyone to be able to enjoy our parks. So if you want to fly your model planes and drones we want you to be able to do so safely

We want everyone to be able to enjoy our parks. So if you want to fly your model planes and drones we want to you be able to do it safely but we also want to protect other people, our wildlife and plants.

Our Byelaws include rules about launching and recovering radio controlled and control lined model aircraft.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) are responsible for airspace regulations, you must check their guidelines and follow their rules when flying your model aircraft and drones.

Permission to fly

The rules for the flying near airports changed in March 2019 and now covers a large area of north Bournemouth.  You must get Air Traffic Control (ATC) permission to fly in these restricted areas. 

Please check the website https://dronesafe.uk/ before operating model aircraft or drones. 

The flying of any model aircraft or drone is not permitted on any site restricted by the new regulations unless ATC permission has been granted.

The flying of any model aircraft or drone is not permitted on any Nature Reserve (such as Hengistbury Head, Turbury Common or Stour Valley) - as outlined in the Byelaws.

Rules for electrically powered model aircraft

  • You can fly anywhere except local nature reserves
  • Your aircraft mustn’t annoy other people
  • You must stop flying if we, or a member of the police ask you to
  • You must pay attention to where you’re flying

Rules for flying model aircraft powered by combustible fuel

Note the new rules that require Air Traffic Control permission to fly at Millhams Mead

  • You can only fly at Slades farm and Meyrick Park, see the Byelaws for times. Millhams Mead requires special permission from the ATC.
  • You must get a permit from us to fly at Slades farm
  • You must have public liability insurance and have the minimum cover of £5 million
  • You can only fly control line aircraft at Millhams Mead and Meyrick Park

Drones

The rules governing use of drones are still evolving, as the implications of using this new technology become clear.

For current guidance in this area, please refer to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) website.

Commercial and filming purposes

If you would like to use any model aircraft or drone for any filming or commercial purpose, please get in touch with our events team.