Drone Education- Rules of Flying

Here at Camera House we are all about safety so we are going to take a look at the rules associated with flying a drone.
Firstly, did you know that it is illegal to fly a drone/UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)/RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft) for money or commercial gain unless you have an Unmanned Operator’s Certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Commercial gain can include anything from advertising to simply uploading a video to YouTube. There are currently 257 certified UAV operator’s in Australia.


Now that we are clear on the difference between recreational and commercial use, lets have a look at the 6 main laws for anyone flying a UAV in Australia:

1. Do not fly closer than 30 meters to people

2. Do not fly over any populated areas such as beaches, other people backyards, heavily populated parks or sports ovals where there is a game in progress.

3. Do not operate within 5.5km of an aerodrome or helicopter landing site without prior approval.

4. Only operation your drone during daylight, good weather and in visual-line-of-site.

5. Do not fly above 400ft.

6. FPV (First Person View) Flying need an observer to maintain visual line of site.

Drone Flying Rules

Rule Breakers

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority takes infringements very seriously as can be seen in a recent case where a Queensland drone pilot was fined $850 for his drone use. The man uploaded his drone video to Youtube and days later received a phone call from CASA notifying him of multiple breaches including flying over 400 ft in an over populated area at night.

On separate occasions, infringement notices have been issued to drone pilots for crashing meters away from a Victorian Police station and for crashing into the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

More serious infringements can carry fines of up to $9,000.

So please follow these simple rules and fly high (but not over 400ft).






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