Unified Traffic Management (UTM) company Altitude Angel reports the integration of UK Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) into its flight planning platforms for drone operators.
The integration is a response to requests from the drone community designed 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 help to preserve UK natural heritage.
With the integration of UK SSSI sites into flight planning platforms, drone operators will find the sites under ‘Ground hazards’, visible by zooming in during the flight planning process within Drone Assist, Dronesafetymap.com 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.
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