On August 24, in honor of the thirtieth anniversary of Ukraine's independence, one of the largest military parades took place in Kyiv, during the preparation for which the use of airspace by drones was restricted over the entire city. Information about this was posted on the map of prohibited and restricted areas for flights on the website of the State Aviation Service. However, from August 10 to 24 inclusive, 1,752 drone flights performed by 496 operators were recorded over Kyiv.
DroneUA collected flight data using the Aeroscope drone tracking station installed to ensure the security of the Kyiv Challenge heliport.
Flights of drones were performed at heights of up to 1486 meters:
- 1441 departures were recorded at heights of more than 50 meters
- 728 sorties were recorded at heights of more than 120 meters
- 164 sorties were recorded at heights of over 300 meters.
Flights at altitudes above 300 meters were performed by 60 drone operators or 12.09% of all operators who made flights during this period.
The most popular drone model flying over Kyiv at that time is the Mavic Mini 2 weighing 249 grams. It was recorded 702 times.
Some departures were coordinated with state structures — but most were not.
It is noteworthy that on the day of the parade, 204 drone flights were recorded, which is more than the average figure (125 flights per day) during the specified period of restrictions, despite repeated warnings and the work of special services.
In July, for the same period from the 10th to the 24th, 2,040 departures were recorded, which is 16% more than the number of departures during the preparation for the parade (1,752).
DroneUA urges that the drone market does not end up being regulated, it is necessary to comply with Ukrainian legislation and treat other airspace participants with respect.