Tech & Science How To Fly A Drone Legally In Australia

02:35  15 february  2018
02:35  15 february  2018 Source:   Lifehacker Australia

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Drone laws in Australia : how to fly your drone legally and safely. Here's what you need to know before you take your new drone out to fly . Photo: Getty.

Drone Laws in Australia . Drones and the definition of a Populous Area. Reporting illegal drone operations. Not having a ReOC means you are restricted to operating under the standing operating instructions, greatly limiting where and how you can fly .

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The use of drones is soaring to new heights, particularly as their cost has decreased. However, if you break the rules, you can be hit with thousands of dollars in fines.

Operating a drone must be done in accordance with safety rules formulated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). If you don’t hold a remote pilot licence and instead use a drone for fun this is everything you need to know.

The overarching principle is that you should not operate your drone in a manner that causes a hazard to another aircraft, property or a person.

An out of control drone can cause all sorts of drama, including cranky neighbours and car accidents.

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Fly Safely and Photograph Legally . Once you’re up and flying , make sure you obey a few basic safety rules. Most of them are pretty common sense, but you can never be too careful. You should also check your drone manufacturer for guides on how to fly your specific model safely.

You may be excited to fly a drone in the air for fun, but the rules regulating it are a little murky when it comes to doing so for recreation. The popularity of drones has pointed a spotlight on what is acceptable under the law

The rules state:

  1. You must not fly the drone higher than 120 metres above the ground
  2. You must not fly the drone within 30 metres of people (unless they are controlling or navigating the drone)
  3. You must not fly the drone around an area affecting public safety or where there is an emergency (eg a car crash)
  4. You can only fly one drone at a time
  5. You can only fly the drone during the day
  6. Your drone must be within your line of sight at all times
  7. You must not fly over or above people (eg at a busy park or beach, at a sporting event)
  8. If your drone weighs more than 100 grams, you cannot fly it within 5.5 kilometres of a controlled airport if aircraft are operating to/from the airport.

You also need to be aware that there are some restricted areas you will be unable to fly your drone. For example, some local councils have made regulations banning drones in some public places, including large parts of the airspace above Sydney Harbour.

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How do you know it took footage of you? When I fly my drone , I’m using the video feed to avoid hitting trees and stuff. You have no expectation of privacy if there is any way to see your home/backyard from a public street or sidewalk…or from above if someone is flying an aircraft legally .

There's a UK dronecode, a simple set of rules, to ensure you fly safely and legally . For the most part the rules are common sense. If you don't have a drone yet, then check out the best drones to buy and then our guide on how to fly a drone .

CASA will investigate complaints if you consider someone has breached the above rules. You should provide CASA with proof of the breach (such as photos of the person operating the drone). They can issue fines of up to $900 or, if the matter proceeds to court, a fine of up to $9,000 can be issued.

CASA will not investigate any complaints about invasion of privacy.

However, you should respect people’s privacy and not photograph or record people without their consent. Any breaches can be reported to the police as anti-stalking laws may apply.

The free ‘Can I Fly There’ App outlines all of your local ‘no drone zones’ and more information can be obtained at CASA.

Alison and Jillian Barrett are both principals at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. You can see their Facebook page here.

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