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Drone Flights

Drone Flights

To submit a drone flight request,
you have the following options

Operator Portal by Altitude Angel

All drones flying over the Blenheim Estate will need to register their flight and seek approval by using Altitude Angel's Operator Portal. Via this portal you can submit your mission details and all additional information for approval. If you are not already an Altitude Angel user, then by clicking on the link, you will be presented with the option to register for free and then proceed to your new account to submit your mission details.

Please note that if you already have an account with Altitude Angel’s Drone Assist APP, these credentials will also work here.

Click here or User guide to Altitude Angel’s Operator Portal for further information and access to the user guide.


Drone Assist Mobile App by Altitude Angel

Drone Assist is the #1 drone safety app from Altitude Angel in the UK. It provides an interactive map of the sky and is used by general aviation, other airspace users, and drone pilots! It is tailored specifically for the UK audience. It allows you to see areas to avoid or in which extreme caution should be exercised and ground hazards that may pose safety, security or privacy risks when flying your drone.

If you are an existing Altitude Angel user, your user credentials can also be used for both the Drone Assist App and Operator Portal, and vice versa.

Once logged into the App, locate Blenheim Palace/London Oxford Airport on the interactive Map. Create your mission plan using the in-app technology, which will automatically request approval if the mission plan resides within our air space.

Depending on where you plan to fly you may need permissions from London Oxford Airport as part of the Blenheim Estate falls within their FRZ.

For more information on the Altitude Angel’s Drone Assist APP, click here to learn more.

The free app is available in the Apple Store and Google Play store.

All Drone flight requests within Blenheim Palace airspace must be submitted at least 72 hours in advance to allow us time to assess your request. If you have any urgent requirements that sit outside of these this time, please submit a flight request, and contact speak to your onsite contact. If permission cannot be obtained the flight may not take place.

Please note we will only accept applications from commercial operators who are filming on site.

All Approvals to operate are made issued in accordance with the Terms & Conditions below.


Terms and Conditions

  • The Operator must be contactable by telephone throughout the flight, please provide a contact number when submitting your application if it is different to what is detailed on the approval.
  • Where the Approval details specific restrictions, these have been put in place to ensure the safety of the operation and must be complied with.
  • Approval for access to airspace is given on the basis of remaining entirely within the limits of the stated lateral and vertical operating area detailed on the flight plan submitted.
  • The Operator must maintain direct, unaided visual contact with the drone at all times, sufficient to monitor its flight path in relation to other aircraft, persons, vehicles, livestock and structures for the purpose of avoiding collisions for which you are exclusively responsible and liable for.
  • The Operator shall have the Approval and CAA Permission for Commercial Operation (if required) in their possession at all times during flight.
  • The drone must be landed immediately if any incident arises or is likely. This must be reported immediately to your Blenheim contact straight away.
  • Operators are required to have drone insurance of £10 million which is sufficient to cover all aviation risks that may arise.
  • The granting of Approval/Permission does not imply exemption from the requirements of the Air Navigation Order or the Rules of the Air Regulations. Applications for flights which require exemption or written permission under the Air Navigation Order must be made to the Civil Aviation Authority.
  • Approvals are not valid if any of the details of the operation change (vertical/lateral limits etc). An updated request should be submitted, and further approval received prior to flight.
  • Flights within London Oxford Airport FRZ require further approval from them.

All drone pilots must:

  • Operate only within the area authorised by the airspace owner.
  • Make sure that anyone flying under their operator ID is sufficiently competent to undertake the operation safely and legally.
  • Make sure that flyers have planned and will carry out flights safely and legally.
  • Keep any software on the drone or model aircraft up to date, including any information on airspace restrictions.
  • Make sure pilots are aware of any airspace restrictions through GuardianUTM such as dronesafetymap.com or Drone Assist Apps (iOS and Android).
  • In the case of European Class marked drones or model aircraft, make sure the class mark is not removed.
  • Apply the appropriate level of experience, skills, and resources to manage safety risks effectively; the more complex or risky a proposed operation is, the more extensive and detailed the planning and oversight of the proposed operations must be.
  • No flights are permitted overhead of any persons not under the direct control of the operator.

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