Laws for flying a drone in Australia 2016
With drones becoming more and more popular, it can be quite a shock for many people to find out that there are rules and regulations regarding the use of their own personal property. You wouldn’t want to be hit with a fine for breaking a rule that you weren’t aware of (ignorance is not an excuse with regards to national regulation). So then what are the rules for flying your done? The rules are sorted into two classifications; personal use of drones and commercial/business use of drones. The difference is that a commercial user will need a licence and requires the passing of an exam which can be obtained from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, while the private user does not.
Under relaxed laws, people planning to fly their drones for commercial use (e.g. photography, surveillance etc) may fly their dones without the need of a licence provided the total weight is under 2kg, however they will still be required to follow the same rules of a private user:
– Fly the drone no further than 30m from your position
– Do not fly the drone at large events with crowded populations of people (e.g. at a festivals, new year celebrations etc)
– Do not operate the drone within 6km of airports or where air crafts may land and take off
– Do not exceed the maximum altitude of 120m
– Visually see the drone at all times with your own eyes (regardless of FPV goggles). This means you cannot fly the drone in low visibility conditions such as night time or in foggy areas
It is also important to not operate the drone in an area where emergency response teams or police activity is e.g. over bushfires or around where there may be a police raid.
With the loosening of the weight limit for commercial and business users, purchasing and flying a drone for venture or recreation is a lot more accessible now.
One such model which falls under this relaxed legislation is the Parrot Bebop Drone weighing in at only 410g at it’s heaviest, it is perfect for both commercial users and private users.
The 14 Mega pixels sensor with ultra wide fisheye lens allow for some stunning panoramic shots. Combined with it’s auto fisheye correction and image stabilisation it makes for the perfect drone to take out on a field trip or camping, or even to an overseas destination (just remember that aviation rules might differ depending on the country you are visiting).
The Parrot Bebop Drone has up to 250m of signal range, and 22 minutes of flight time with the two batteries that are included. What makes this drone special is the use of smart phone intergration as the controller via a free app download on your app store. This makes one less thing to carry with the Parrot Bebop Drone as you can just bring your phone along for instant flight and snapshots!