London's Royal Parks are Now Drone No-Fly Zones

By Gerald Lynch on at

Live in London? Own a drone? Then you'd better have high ceilings in your flat -- the number of outdoor spaces that you can take your UAV has just been significantly reduced, with the craft now banned from London's Royal Parks.

Staff have begun posting notices explicitly banning "the flying of drones and model aircraft" by "order of the Secretary of State", part of the Air Navigation Order 2009 laid down the Civil Aviation Authority. According to The Times, the main concern seems to be relating to public safety as opposed to creep-shot snapping pervert pilots -- with the parks filling up in the approach to the hot summer months, a nose-diving drone could take a sunbather's eye out. [Daily Mail, Times via Engadget]