Drones: No-Fly Zones Over Westgate, Police HQ

March 18, 2019 | 9 Comments

[Updated with maps] Following at least three incidents involving drones over Westgate Correctional Facility, officials have issued new directions for the flying of drones, with restricted fly zones over Westgate, Police Headquarters at Prospect, and an update to the no-fly zone at the airport.

The BCAA said, “As of March 15th 2019, the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority [BCAA] have issued new Directions in accordance with the Air Navigation [Overseas Territories] Order under Article 68 to include restricted fly zones over Westgate Correctional Facility, Police Headquarters at Prospect, and an update to the no-fly zone at L.F Wade International Airport.

“The Directions were put in place for the safety and security and any person who contravenes, permits the contravention of, or fails to comply with the Directions commits an offence under Article 68[4] of the Order, and is punishable on summary conviction of a fine not exceeding $4,000.”

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Thomas Dunstan, Director General of BCAA commented, “Drones have become more popular in Bermuda as technological advances have made them more accessible and affordable to the general public. The increase in drone activity has led to safety and security challenges in the local airspace, specifically around the airport, Westgate and the Police headquarters.

“We are implementing a 3-pronged approach to drones in the local airspace, which includes education, legislation and enforcement support.”

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The BCAA added, “The Directions follow at least three incidents involving drones over the Westgate Correctional Facility and one unauthorized drone flying over the airport property.

“The restrictions apply to unmanned aircraft [drones], microlights, gliders, airships and balloons and the no-fly zones are summarised below:

  • A one hundred and fifty [150] metre radius circle around the Westgate Facility with the centre being 32°19’28.8″N 64°50’17.4″W
  • A one hundred and twenty-five [125] metre radius circle around the Prospect property with the centre being 32°18’00.8″N 64°45’58.1″W
  • A two nautical mile radius circle around the airport with the centre being 32°21’52.3″N 64°41’04.0″W

SUA Communication Zone Map Bermuda March 18 2019

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  1. e. gamble says:

    All Drones and operators should have to Licensed.

    • Easy says:

      And what would that do to help? Ever heard of removing serial numbers from drones? Dumb!

    • Dronie says:

      Ok, anti-drone d***head.

    • SweetLoquat says:

      Would say the same goes for cars… Oh wait, right up until they’re autonomous ;-)
      The problem with drones is that they’re cheap and I could sit in a home and essentially send it anywhere without anyone knowing who’s behind it… The people using them for illegal actives love this and won’t stop simple due to a $4,000 fine and definitely not jail time if they’re already in illegal activities…

  2. Easy says:

    A $4,000 fine is nothing if drone used to drop drugs to inmates or to spy on politicians! That’s right we are watching you OBA! You might consider shooting them down?

  3. LaV says:

    ” That’s right we are watching you OBA!”

    Maybe you don’t realize it, but they’re not the government.

  4. Oh,I see now says:

    We must also consider the fact that Westgate is a drug free zone during sentencing.

  5. What says:

    Have seen many drones at Loren and Mid Ocean Club sites so wonder if the elite are under surveillance? Or maybe data is being collected to use against them like who is talking to who or airiing any dirty laundry?

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