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Want to fly a 2kg drone? Go for it!

15 Sep

We are pleased to confirm that as of 29 September 2016 requirements to fly a drone commercial (under 2kg) will be reduced.

What does this mean for you? Well… if you want to fly a drone under 2kg you will NOT need an operator’s certificate or a remote pilot licence to fly! 

However, there are still some necessary requirements you will need to fulfil:

1. Notify CASA five business days before flying - simply complete the online 'notification form' (available from 21 September 2016).

2. Operate within the standard operation conditions:

  • Do not create hazard to another aircraft, another person or property.
  • You must only fly during the day and keep your RPA within visual line-of sight.
  • Do NOT fly higher than 120 metres (400ft) AGL.
  • Keep your drone at least 30 metres away from other people.
  • Keep your drone at least 5.5km away from controlled aerodromes.
  • Do NOT fly your drone over an area where you could create potential hazard to people or property. 
  • Do NOT fly your drone near situations such as a car crash, police operations, a fire and associated firefighting efforts, and search and rescue.
  • Fly only one drone at a time.

 

Taken from: CASA, 2016, 'Commercial unmanned flight - remotely piloted aircraft under 2kg', Australian Government, Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

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