The Institute for Drone Technology encourages drone pilots to obey the rules so recreational flying can be fun for everyone.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) have interim measures to allow recreational drone users to have a simple set of rules:
- You must not fly above 120 metres in all locations
- You must not fly your drone in the area of a public safety or emergency operation, for example a bushfire, police, or search and rescue operation
- You must not fly within 30 metres of people, unless the other person is essential to controlling or navigating the drone
- You must operate only one drone at a time
- If your drone weighs more than 100 grams:
- you must not fly within 5.5 kilometres of a controlled aerodrome (usually those that have a control tower) at any time
- you must not begin flying within 5.5 kilometres of a non-controlled aerodrome if there is a manned aircraft operating to, or from, the aerodrome
- You must safely manoeuvre your drone away from the path of a manned aircraft and land as soon as safely possible if you become aware that a manned aircraft is operating to or from the non-controlled aerodrome or helicopter landing site
- You must not fly at night or through cloud or fog
- When flying you must be able to see your drone with your own eyes (not just on your app screen, first person view goggles or binoculars)
- You must not fly over people
- You must not fly in designated restricted areas.
These measures do not apply to everyone that flies a drone. If you hold a remote pilot licence (RePL) and operate according to a remotely piloted aircraft operator certificate (ReOC) or have an authorisation from CASA, you will be exempt from the new measures.
The Institute for Drone Technology uses the latest CASA syllabus from June 1st, 2017 in our Remote Pilot’s Licence Course. If you want to fly a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) commercially in Australia, outside the excluded category, then you need to be licensed. Our Remote Pilot’s Licence Course is endorsed by CASA, so we can train you or your business to gain the knowledge required to operate drones with exemptions from these rules on a commercial level.
Enquire Here or call 1800 515 368 (free of charge) if you have any queries in regards to gaining exemptions to the rules for you or your business.