If you wish to fly over the regulation height of 60 metres, you must obtain prior permission from the Civil Aviation Authority. The normal maximum height clearance for kite festivals is 2000 feet, but may be less if there is a nearby airport or gliding club or other aerial hazard.
The CAA officer responsible for kiting operations is Tom Gratton, phone 0207 453 6590, email Tom.Gratton@caa.co.uk , who will be pleased to assist with any queries concerning kite regulations.
The following advice has been provided by the CAA:
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is committed to enabling the many people who enjoy recreational flying to do so safely, aware of their responsibilities and in control of the risks they are taking.
Following an incident in Kent involving a kite and helicopter earlier in the year 2017, we have taken steps to increase the visibility of our regulations and guidance relating to kite flying. We have created a dedicated web page containing key regulations, guidance on the permission process for flight above 60 metres and the permission form:
This will be updated in line with any changes to regulation.
Anyone looking to fly a kite at significance heights in the UK should ensure that they comply with important safety rules. These rules are in place to ensure their safety and that of any aircraft flying in the vicinity. The key points to be aware of, which are explained on our website, are:
• Anyone flying a kite at heights greater than 60 metres above the surface requires permission from the CAA
• When flying within an Aerodrome Traffic Zone (ATZ), permission is required from the CAA regardless of the height flown.
• The kite string/cable needs to be clearly visible through the use of lighting, markers or streamers
• Where permission has been granted for kite flyers to operate at heights greater than 300 feet (91.4 metres) above the surface, the CAA will also issue a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to forewarn other airspace users of the potential hazard.