Dublin Airport issues no-fly zone warning to drone users

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Dublin Airport has warned drone users to keep away from Ireland’s busiest gateway with the launch of a safety awareness campaign. Signs have been mounted on the airport’s perimeter fence indicating that Dublin Airport is a No Drone Zone and highlighting that it is illegal to operate one near the airport.

Dublin Airport Chief Police Officer Pat Bracken and Airport Management Unit Operations Officer Nicola Kelly at one of the No Drone Zone signs on Dublin Airport's perimeter fence.

Dublin Airport Chief Police Officer Pat Bracken and Airport Management Unit Operations Officer Nicola Kelly at one of the No Drone Zone signs on Dublin Airport’s perimeter fence.

Dublin Airports’ Chief Police Officer, Pat Bracken, warned: “Safeguarding the airfield at Dublin Airport is a key priority for us. Drones are becoming an increasingly popular way to film the countryside, however, they can cause serious damage to an aircraft. We have been working with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) to keep the airfield safe from drones and signs have now been mounted on the airport’s perimeter fence to ensure we keep Dublin Airport a No Drone Zone.”

Drones are forbidden from the airport and vicinity due to the risk of a drone colliding with an aircraft or being sucked into an engine. IAA’s Director of Safety Regulation Ralph James said: “It’s essential that the general public understand that drone activity is prohibited from taking place within the vicinity of an aerodrome for safety reasons. There have been a couple of incidents of people using drones close to Dublin Airport, which have disrupted operations and drone users need to be aware of the rules for the safe operation of drones.”

All drones over 1kg must be registered with the IAA through its website. The IAA encourages drone operators to familiarise themselves with the rules for drone operations. Dublin Airport, which is the key gateway to the island of Ireland, facilitated a record 215,000 aircraft movements in 2016.

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