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The Barbados Civil Aviation Department is reminding the public that kite flying in districts where there is low-flying aircraft is prohibited.

Persons are being urged, especially for the upcoming kite flying season, to refrain from flying kites in the restricted areas, since this activity is dangerous to aircraft, and they can be prosecuted for doing so.

This restriction also applies to unmanned aerial devices, such as drones, balloons and jack-of-lanterns.

Districts which fall five kilometres off the perimeter of the Grantley Adams International Airport are considered no kite flying zones. 

This zone stretches from Oistins in Christ Church to Boarded Hall in St. George, and Brereton and Six Roads in St. Philip, back to South Point and Oistins.          

Kites must not be flown in the following areas in Christ Church: Silver Hill, Gall Hill, Kingsland, Wotton, Maxwell, Cane Vale, Newton, Scarborough, Pegwell, Gibbons, Thornbury Hill, Silver Sands, Ealing Park, Wilcox, Lowlands, Coverley, Charnocks, Pilgrim Road, Fairy Valley, Durants, Callenders, Chancery Lane, Parish Land and Leadvale.

The other areas where kite flying is prohibited are: Gemswick, Mangrove, Heddings, Foul Bay, Ocean City, Diamond Valley, and Rock Hall in St. Philip.  

Persons found guilty of flying kites in these restricted areas may be fined between $50,000 and $100,000, or imprisoned for a period of 12 months or up to two years. 

sheena.forde-craigg@barbados.gov.bb

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