Drones are used effectively by Epic Ocean Adventures to promote their business but they know the rules, do you?
While a lot of people have no objections to drones and the images are stunning, at some point are laws being violated?
Last month, a couple were sitting at a campsite at Carlo Point at 5.30pm and there was a drone hovering above their camp for a long time – they were next to the entry office and near children’s playgrounds.
Drone images are amazing and we love them and share them regularly, however do you know the rules?
According to the Civic Aviation Safety Authority standard operating conditions need to be met if you want to fly a drone.
- only fly one drone at a time
- always fly your drone within visual line-of-sight — this means, flying only during the day, avoid flying in cloud, fog or heavy rain, you must be able to see your drone with the naked eye, not flying behind trees, buildings or anything else that stops you seeing your drone at all times
You must not fly your drone:
- higher than 120 m (400 ft) above ground level — that’s about the height of a 35-storey building or length of a football field
- closer than 30 m to people — other than those helping to fly or navigate your drone
- over or above people at any time or height
- in a way that creates a hazard to another person, aircraft or property
- near emergency situations
- in prohibited or restricted airspace (use a CASA-verified drone safety app to help you)
- closer than 5.5 km to a controlled aerodrome or airfield (usually those with a control tower), if your drone weighs more than 100g
There is further information online at casa.gov.au/knowyourdrone/drone-rules, but I guess for the fun and safety of everyone, it is best to put in place some privacy rules of your own.