Where Can a Drone be Flown?
For Safety reasons, there are very strict guidelines about where a drone can (and can’t) be flown.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is responsible for the regulation of civil air operations in Australia and amomngst other things determiens the rukles around where a drion can legally be flown (and can impose dsome very hefty fines if the rules are not followed.
- You must not fly in a way that creates a hazard to other aircraft, so you should keep at least 5.5 km away from airfields, aerodromes and helicopter landing sites.
- You must not fly your RPA in or over prohibited / restricted area, unless you have the permission of the authority controlling the area.
- In restricted airspace, aircraft movements are reduced to those with certain specified permissions. Examples of restricted airspace include airspace around military installations or military controlled aerodromes, over Sydney Harbour, high-density flying operations or at an air show or other large public event. Restricted airspace may also be imposed by police for safety or security reasons near bushfires or major crime scenes. It is illegal to fly your RPA in these areas without permission.
Operations within the 3nm (5.5km) radius of an aerodrome or helicopter landing site are possible and lawful providing you comply with the Standard Operating Conditions listed above and ensure that you do not operate:
- on the approach and departure path, or
- within the movement area, or
- create a hazard to aircraft that may be using those areas.
CASA has created an App whoch makes it easier to determine where it is safe (and legal) to fly.