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    CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) Drone use rules and guidelines

    To get our new Drone forum underway, here is a link to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's website on Drones in Australia.

    This link includes:

    - Flying for fun
    - Commercial drone use
    - using drones near emergencies (bushfires etc)
    - Flying over your own property, other's property, and public spaces
    - When and how to get a remotely piloted aircraft licence
    and more.

    Here is the link : https://www.casa.gov.au/aircraft/lan...ones-australia
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    Thanks for setting this up Rick...
    We just need a few posts now to share some photos or information.
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    Interesting. I followed the links and checked it out, but all it did was convince me that it's all too tightly controlled. I can understand that, but by the same token unless you live or travel to the country, then you're very restricted. Personally, I like the shots of suburbia from the air, but that's a bit of a no-no.

    Photographing people anywhere is getting to be a real issue. Looks like it's back to photographing other stuff instead - spending money on a drone I can't use all that often isn't money well spent in my book.

    Thanks for the links though ...... it confirmed what I thought would be the case.


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    The rules seem reasonable for hobbyist drone pilots
    Usual common-sense applies, I suppose.
    They don't want drones causing injury, or damage to aircraft, or to intrude on people's right to privacy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobt View Post
    Interesting. I followed the links and checked it out, but all it did was convince me that it's all too tightly controlled. I can understand that, but by the same token unless you live or travel to the country, then you're very restricted. Personally, I like the shots of suburbia from the air, but that's a bit of a no-no.

    Photographing people anywhere is getting to be a real issue.
    Thanks for the links though ...... it confirmed what I thought would be the case.
    I don't think it's all bad and it's far cheaper than hiring a helicopter...
    It may sound restrictive to fly a drone but the original flight rules have changed a bit in that it now says to not fly where there is a danger to people and property...
    Plenty of flyers are in and around capital cities...Real Estate Agents photograph houses for sale listings
    If you looked at the CASA webpage map, you can see lots of marked zones around Melbourne for example...Only the fully dark red shaded areas are totally no fly zones...
    You can fly a drone within 5.5KM of a NON-controlled airport or helipad as long as you keep aware of any air traffic that may take off or enter into the 5.5 KM zone and you also need to avoid the designated and marked airport flight path landing zones...
    As consumer drones legally must be flown within your line of sight, it's not too hard to land if an aircraft pops up in the distance.
    Controlled airports with a manned tower like Essendon are totally no fly zones within 5.5 KM while the airport is operating.

    Casa "suggesting" not photographing people is a strange addition as what will they look like from 120 metres up in the sky and from outside the 30 metres clearance rule, horizontally from people.

    I live in Queensland where National Parks are mostly ok to fly over without paying fees or permissions..

    Consumer drones now have reasonably competent cameras including some with Hasselblad badged cameras and 1 inch sensors
    Attached is a zone map from Victoria and it shows one of the messages that appears when the drone location pin is dropped on any area...
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