Restricted Air Space Rules For America’s Cup

April 1, 2017

The flying of manned & unmanned aircraft, drones, helicopters, kites which are equipped to undertake any form of photos, microlights, gliders and balloons have specific restrictions on various dates between May 22 to June 30th due to the America’s Cup.

The announcement said, “As the 35th America’s Cup draws closer, Bermuda agencies and organisations are in high gear preparing the public with important information about updated regulations and policies that will come into play to ensure safe operating practices.

“The Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority has officially gazetted the two government notices of Restricted Flying Directions. Interested members of the public can read these in full at

“The notices specify that flying of manned and unmanned aircraft, drones, helicopters, kites [which are equipped to undertake any form of photography], microlights, gliders and balloons [tethered and hot-air] are not permitted in two separate areas of Bermuda airspace, which covers all of Bermuda, between the hours of 10.30am and 10.00pm on various dates between May 22 to June 30.

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“The new regulations will be of interest to commercial and recreational drone operators, who should pay attention to the No-Fly Zone regulations. Should any person or business wish to operate in the Restricted Air Space they will require special exemption from these restrictions and they should apply early, citing their reasons.

“Application for special exception does not guarantee approval and each application will be considered on its merit. The regulations are in place primarily for safety reasons and fines apply for those who do not comply.

“Approval to operate in the Restricted Air Space is granted only by the Governor of Bermuda through the office of Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority. These requests must first be approved by America’s Cup Event Authority [ACEA]. All drone operators must therefore first apply for permission from ACEA by email:

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“International commercial air transport, including scheduled and non-scheduled passenger aircraft, international general aviation and emergency services such as medevac are of course permitted under these regulations.

“America’s Cup 2017 kicks off in Bermuda on May 26 through to June 27. Tickets for the America’s Cup Village and Official Spectator Boats are available here.”

The full Air Space Restriction Notice TX[R] 002 is below [PDF here]

The full Air Space Restriction Notice TX[R] 003 is below [PDF here]

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  1. Mumbojumbo says:

    can we…astroly project with charcoal and paper?

  2. Onion Juice says:

    I cant fly my kite?

    • Zevon says:

      You moan about literally everything don’t you.

      • Unbelievable says:

        Yes OJ does. Not a constructive or positive bone in his or her body. Sore loser.

  3. NO MORE WAR says:

    What. I can’t fly my drone whenever I want!!! And they say it’s a free society. Smdh. The air space above my house should be private. Smdh.

  4. Triangle Drifter says:

    Guess I had better cancel my order for a tethered hot air balloon. Had a choice of politicians to provide the hot air, earplugs, all set.

    Oh well, back to a boat then.

  5. Y-Gurl says:

    So are they going to shoot them down?

    • Zevon says:

      No. If you read the government notice it tells you the penalty. Of course, reading it would take 15 seconds of work, which is apparently a lot to expect.

    • PBanks says:

      Personally I think it would be cool (and make good TV) if they sent trained falcons to dismantle any kites or drones that were infringing on the regulations.

  6. puzzled says:

    Can’t wait to see the coverage from helicopters during the races.
    They will be there and speeding back and forth and sending it live around the world.

    We will be front and center so lets not ‘drone’ it out folks.

    Make Bermuda great again.

  7. Mumbojumbo says:

    astral projection s’where i leave my body and fly through the air…i can’t wait to see the wording accompanying that fine.

  8. Jimmy says:

    Waters, air. What’s next?

  9. Sage says:

    Does that include all the morons with their high pitched drug kites?

    • Onion Juice says:

      Dont blame them, we’re gonna have hundreds of boats coming to this island unsearched.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        Yeah , that’s right . I’m sure that a bunch of people with more money than they know what to do with it would risk it all on smuggling in some dope or ammo for a group of people who already hate them .

        • Truth Teller says:

          Yeah cause rich people never want to get richer.

          • Toodle-oo says:

            People who earned their money the old fashioned way , honestly and through hard work and the right choices , don’t wish to soil their clean money with dirty money . Not the same for people who are fabulously wealthy through dishonest drug dealings . As long as they can still get away with it they never have enough .

      • bdaboy says:

        “, we’re gonna have hundreds of boats coming to this island unsearched.”

        Ever former and current MP can enter this island unsearched….why don’t you have a problem with that?

  10. puzzled says:

    Come on 2018.

  11. Cranberry says:

    At least I can still fly my drones over the races… was worried they might ban drones altogether for the racing… but only if they have cameras… phew…