Silverstone circuit and surrounding area is a NO-fly zone. The official line from the police is as follows:
* Leave drones at home – you will not be able to fly them legally or safely either at the circuit or in the nearby campsites.
* A two-mile flying restriction cordon will be in place around the circuit heliport. This means that no drones will be allowed to fly within that cordon unless they have approval from the heliport tower.
* Police officers will be looking out for unauthorised use of drones during their regular patrols of the circuit and campsites, and anyone found to be breaking the rules with regard to the relevant legislation will be spoken to and appropriate action taken.
* The relevant legislation:
*Flights must be safe:*Article 94 (2) of the Air Navigation Order 2016 (amended 2019), states that ‘the remote pilot of a small unmanned aircraft may only fly the aircraft if reasonably satisfied that the flight can safely be made’. With the number of people expected at the circuit and the campsites, it will not be possible to fly a drone safely in these areas.
*Small unmanned surveillance aircraft:*(Article 95 of the Air Navigation Order 2016 (amended 2019): As many drones have cameras fitted, they would be classed as small unmanned surveillance aircraft and these are not allowed to be flown (without written permission from the CAA) within
50m of a person, vehicle or structure, over or within 150m of a congested area or an organised assembly of more than 1,000 people.
If an offence is believed to have been committed, under section 19 (3) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, officers have the power to seize the drone as it may contain evidence of that offence.