Coronation airspace restrictions

In the interest of public safety and security, the the Secretary of State for Transport has introduced Restriction of Flying Regulations under Article 239 of the Air Navigation Order 2016 for His Majesty the King’s Coronation Flypast on the 6 May 2023 as well as for rehearsals on the 25, 26 and 27 April 2023.

A restricted area is established to ensure the safety of participants, attendees or for national security reasons. These temporary airspace structures are notified via a J-series NOTAM and through the issue of a MAUVE Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC) accessed through the NATS website

Temporary airspace restrictions for safety or national security are notified via J-series NOTAM and MAUVE Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC). These AIC are the regulated source of the information and are available from the NATS website.

The Airspace & Safety Initiative has set out the details of these restriction to help pilots prepare for increased traffic density in areas surrounding the RA(T) with aircraft routing around the airspace.

Flight planning advice

As part of your planning and Threat and Error Management (TEM) you should to expect increased traffic density in the areas surrounding the RA(T) with aircraft routing around the airspace on 6 May 2023.

Apply TEM when planning your route and altitude. When able, it is recommended that you Take 2 around or over restricted airspace. By ‘Taking 2’ you will have time to recover from distractions and external threats such as conflicting aircraft prior to infringing airspace.

Use a VFR Moving Map to enhance your situational awareness, ensuring both audible and visual alerts are enabled in order to help identify airspace when in close proximity. Insert waypoints to show descent and climb points that are built into your plan, incorporating ‘Take 2’ guidance where possible.

Whilst not replacing the fundamental importance of ‘see and avoid’ an electronic conspicuity device is a vital tool for safety and can give greater situational awareness to supplement your lookout.

It is recommended to get a service from a Lower Airspace Radar Service (LARS). Details on available LARS can be found in the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) on the NATS website.

When planning, it is important to ensure you use regulated information.

Details of restricted airspace will feature in the daily AIS information message:

  • 08085 354802 or
  • +44(0) 1489 887515 (H24)

Information on this telephone line will not be sufficient to use solely as briefing material but will form the starting point to conduct a NOTAM/AIC brief using the information provided on the NATS AIS website.


Coronation Flypast: 6 May 2023

Download AIC M 024/2023

A large formation of military aircraft will form His Majesty the King’s Coronation Flypast on Saturday 6 May 2023.

These restrictions apply to all aircraft other than those detailed under Restrictions to aircraft.

Coronation Flypast

Coronation Flypast

Coronation Flypast

Restricted areas

Area A

Between 1215 hours UTC and 1400 hours UTC.
SFC to FL175.
No aircraft is to fly below FL175 within area A.

Area B

Between 1245 hours UTC and 1400 hours UTC.
SFC to 5,500 feet AMSL.
No aircraft is to fly below 5,500 feet AMSL within area B.

Area C

Between 1300 hours UTC and 1400 hours UTC.
SFC to 7,000 feet AMSL.
No aircraft is to fly below 7,000 feet AMSL within area C.

Area D

Between 1300 hours UTC and 1345 hours UTC.
SFC to base of controlled airspace.

Area E

Between 1310 hours UTC and 1345 hours UTC.
SFC to 2,500 feet AMSL.
No aircraft is to fly below 2,500 feet AMSL within area E.

Area F

Between 1320 hours UTC and 1400 hours UTC.
SFC to 2,500 feet AMSL.
No aircraft is to fly below 2,500 feet AMSL within area F.

Area G

Between 1320 hours UTC and 1400 hours UTC.
SFC to base of controlled airspace.

Area H

Between 1320 hours UTC and 1400 hours UTC.
SFC to FL105.
No aircraft is to fly below FL105 within area H.

Area I

Between 1320 hours UTC and 1400 hours UTC.
SFC to FL105.
No aircraft is to fly below FL105 within area I.

Restrictions to aircraft

Area A – Area D

Temporary airspace restrictions for Areas A to D applies to all aircraft other than those:

Flying in the service of:

  • the Maritime and Coastguard Agency;
  • the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services; or
  • the National Police Air Service.

In receipt of a clearance from:

  • Lincolnshire Terminal Air Traffic Control Centre (TATCC);
  • RAF Marham Air Traffic Control (ATC);
  • RAF Waddington ATC;
  • RAF Coningsby ATC;
  • RAF Cranwell ATC; or
  • Wattisham Aerodrome ATC.

Making an approach to, or departure from:

  • Humberside Airport under the control of ATC; or
  • Norwich Airport under the control of ATC.

Flying with the permission of:

  • The Royal Air Force Kings Coronation Flypast Project Officer (contacted via 03001 578648 or 07870 390860)
  • 78 Squadron, Swanwick Military (contacted via 02380 401995 or 02380 401992 or the West Supervisor via 01489 612417)

These restrictions also apply to any small balloon, any kite weighing no more than 2KG, any unmanned aircraft and any parachute including a parascending parachute and paramotor.

Area E

Temporary airspace restrictions for Area E applies to all aircraft other than those:

Flying in the service of:

  • the Maritime and Coastguard Agency;
  • the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services; or
  • the National Police Air Service.

Making an approach to, or departure from:

  • London Heathrow Airport whilst under the control of either the London Terminal Control Centre at Swanwick or the air traffic control unit at London Heathrow Airport;
  • London City Airport whilst under the control of either the London Terminal Control Centre at Swanwick or the air traffic control unit at London City Airport;
  • Royal Air Force Northolt whilst under the control of either 78 Squadron, Royal Air Force, Swanwick or the air traffic control unit at Royal Air Force Northolt; or
  • the London Heliport, Battersea whilst under the control of the London Terminal Control Centre, Swanwick or the air traffic control unit at London Heliport.

Flying with the permission of:

  • The London Terminal Control Centre at Swanwick
  • 78 Squadron, Swanwick Military (contacted via 02380 401995 or 02380 401992 or the West Supervisor via 01489 612417)
  • The Royal Air Force Kings Coronation Flypast Project Officer (contacted via 03001 578648 or 07870 390860)

These restrictions also apply to any small balloon, any kite weighing no more than 2KG, any unmanned aircraft and any parachute including a parascending parachute and paramotor.

Area F to Area I

Temporary airspace restrictions for Areas F to I applies to all aircraft other than those:

Flying in the service of:

  • the Maritime and Coastguard Agency;
  • the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services; or
  • the National Police Air Service.

In receipt of a clearance from:

  • The London Terminal Control Centre at Swanwick
  • Farnborough ATC
  • RAF Odiham ATC
  • RAF Benson ATC
  • RAF Brize Norton ATC
  • Boscombe Down ATC

Flying with the permission of:

  • The Royal Air Force Kings Coronation Flypast Project Officer (contacted via 03001 578648 or 07870 390860)
  • 78 Squadron, Swanwick Military (contacted via 02380 401995 or 02380 401992 or the West Supervisor via 01489 612417)

These restrictions also apply to any small balloon, any kite weighing no more than 2KG, any unmanned aircraft and any parachute including a parascending parachute and paramotor.

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