1st blog post woo! So in between projects I thought I’d start a blog on here sharing thoughts/tips/tricks with everything to do in the drone/photography/video realm. First up is of course drone rules and regulations as we mainly operate with drones ourselves and coming up to Christmas (less than a week away) why not try and spread the word on the rules to not only keep you safe but people around you safe as well.

Now if you end up getting a drone (that weighs more than 100g) that’s great, but before you start flying around here are the rules you have to follow:

You must not fly higher than 120m (400ft) AGL (Above ground level)
You must not fly higher than 120m (400ft) AGL (Above ground level)

You must only fly one drone at a time.
You must only fly one drone at a time.

You must not fly over or above people or in a  populous area
You must not fly over or above people or in a populous area

If your drone weighs more than 100 grams, you must fly at least 5.5 kilometres away from a controlled airport, which generally have a control tower at them.
If your drone weighs more than 100 grams, you must fly at least 5.5 kilometres away from a controlled airport, which generally have a control tower at them.

You must only fly during the day and you must not fly through cloud or fog.
You must only fly during the day and you must not fly through cloud or fog.

If you're near a helicopter landing site or smaller aerodrome without a control tower, you can fly your drone within 5.5 kilometres. If you become aware of manned aircraft nearby, you will have to manoeuvre away and land your drone as quickly and safely as possible.
If you’re near a helicopter landing site or smaller aerodrome without a control tower, you can fly your drone within 5.5 kilometres. If you become aware of manned aircraft nearby, you will have to manoeuvre away and land your drone as quickly and safely as possible.

You must keep your drone at least 30 metres away from other people.
You must keep your drone at least 30 metres away from other people.

You must keep your drone within visual line-of-sight. This means always being able to see the drone with your own eyes
You must keep your drone within visual line-of-sight. This means always being able to see the drone with your own eyes

Respect personal privacy.
Respect personal privacy.

Remember, you must not operate your drone in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, person or property.
Remember, you must not operate your drone in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, person or property.

It is illegal to fly for money or reward unless you have a  remote pilot licence  (RePL) or you're flying in the excluded category
It is illegal to fly for money or reward unless you have a remote pilot licence (RePL) or you’re flying in the excluded category

You must not fly your drone over or near an area affecting public safety or where  emergency operations  are underway. This could include situations such as a car crash, police operations, a fire or firefighting efforts or search and rescue.
You must not fly your drone over or near an area affecting public safety or where emergency operations are underway. This could include situations such as a car crash, police operations, a fire or firefighting efforts or search and rescue.

Now how do you know whether or not where your flying is legal or not? Well CASA recommends the ‘Open Sky’ app which is free for users and is available on mobile as well as web based versions:

The app will show you whether you are in restricted airspace, near controlled aerodromes or if it is all clear to fly. If you don’t hold a ReOC or operate under a ReOC then make sure you select the option for Recreational or Commercial Excluded (pending your situation). This will give you the best advice on whether you can or can’t fly. Also bear in mind that particular councils also have their own regulations that you need to abide by so check with council prior to flying.

If you are getting more serious and want to take your drone work to the next level then I suggest the ‘OzRunway’s’ mobile app as well as getting your ReOC/RePL as this will not only allow you to work in a vast majority of areas but you will be educated in proper use of aviation maps and safe drone practices.

At the end of the day if what you’re doing is not in accordance with the rules above listed by CASA or with your ReOC/RePL then its illegal. Having drones are fun but can be dangerous if not taken seriously. So fly within the rules and you’ll be ok.

CASA also has a flyer with all rules listed above for download:

References (images taken from CASA for educational use only):

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