Temporary airspace restrictions will be in place across central Scotland as part of security measures to protect COP26.

The Civil Aviation Authority and Police Scotland have confirmed that temporary airspace restrictions will be in place across parts of Scotland during the summit to help protect the public, delegates and the aviation community.

Restrictions will cover East and Central Scotland during the two weeks the talks are taking place. Those looking to fly in restricted airspace between these dates must seek permission from Police Scotland. 

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Inspector Graeme Rankin from Police Scotland's Aviation Safety and Security Unit said: “Temporary airspace restrictions have been put in place to ensure the safety of aviators, the public and World Leaders, Heads of State and delegates attending the COP26 conference. 

“Although there is no specific threat related to the event, we will be prepared for any eventuality.

He added: “Ignoring the restrictions, or flying in an irresponsible manner anywhere constitutes a number of offences and may put the safety of aviators and others at risk.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the aviation community, including airports and air traffic controllers for their understanding and support with the preparation of the restriction and have confidence that the majority of aviators will fly safely and responsibly. 

“Police Scotland will be supported by partner agencies to ensure those breaching the legislation are prosecuted."

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The measure will be in force between 11.59pm on October 30 and 11.59pm on November 13 and will apply to all aircrafts, including hot air balloons and drones. Large aircrafts, scheduled to carry passengers or freight will be permitted to fly as normal.

Restrictions will cover areas of Greater Glasgow, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire, Argyll and Bute, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Stirling, Edinburgh the Lothians and Fife.

All pilots, including drone pilots, are advised to check the restrictions in their area and permission must be requested at least 24 hours before departure by emailing OSDCOP26Aviation@scotland.pnn.police.uk.

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The public can report concerns about low flying aircraft or drone use in restricted airspace to 999. Any nearby 'No Drone Zone' signs must be referenced.