Altitude Angel enhances UK drone flight planning with the addition of SSSI information

Unified Traffic Management company Altitude Angel has updated its platform to include a direct link for UK Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in England, Scotland, leading drone operators to the specific detail page for each site of interest.

From within the App users also able to refer to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s ‘Magic map’, a comprehensive map covering a wide range of environments, including rural, urban, coastal, and marine areas across Great Britain.

The integration of UK Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) into our flight planning platforms is driven by valuable feedback and requests from the drone community and aims to enhance drone flight planning by providing more information to ensure responsible and respectful flights in the UK. 

UK Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are designated areas recognised for their outstanding ecological importance. These sites, carefully selected by Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, and Scottish Natural Heritage, showcase diverse landscapes, rare species, and culturally significant landmarks. They serve as vital ecosystems and play a crucial role in preserving our natural heritage. 

With the integration of UK SSSI sites into our flight planning platforms, drone operators will find the sites under ‘Ground hazards’, visible by zooming in during the flight planning process within Drone and partner solutions. This will display SSSI sites in the area, giving drone operators visibility of these sites prior to their flights.  

By having visibility of SSSI sites during the flight planning stage, drone operators can proactively plan their flights in a way that minimises potential disturbances and prioritises the preservation of any ecologically sensitive area. It empowers drone operators to make informed decisions, says Altitude Angel.

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