UPDATES FROM 20TH OCTOBER 2017
On the 20th of October 2017 CASA released updates to its regulations for recreational RPA pilots and operators flying under the Sub 2kg rules. These regulations came into effect immediately. These new conditions do not apply to operators with their RePL (Remote Pilots Licence) that operate under a ReOC (Remote Operators Certificate). These pilots will still operate under the conditions set out in their ReOC.
Quoted Directly from CASA’s Website
“Our recreational drone safety rules are designed to protect other people in the air and on the ground.
You must not fly your drone in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, person or property, so follow our rules every time you fly.”
The interim measures allow recreational drone users to have a simple set of rules:
- You must not fly above 120 metres in all locations.
- You must not fly your drone in the area of a public safety or emergency operation. For example a bush fire, police, or search and rescue operation.
- You must not fly within 30 metres of other people, unless the other person is essential to controlling or navigating the drone.
- You must operate only one drone at a time
- If your drone weighs more than 100 grams:
- you must not fly within 5.5 kilometres of a controlled aerodrome at any time. (usually those that have a control tower)
- you must not begin flying within 5.5 kilometres of a non-controlled aerodrome if there is a manned aircraft operating to, or from, the aerodrome.
- You must safely manoeuvre your drone away from the path of a manned aircraft and land as soon as safely possible if you become aware that a manned aircraft is operating to or from the non-controlled aerodrome or helicopter landing site.
- You must not fly at night or through cloud or fog.
- When flying you must be able to see your drone with your own eyes (not just on your app screen, first person view goggles or binoculars)
- You must not fly over people
- You must not fly in designated restricted areas.
The interim measures do not apply to all drone flyers. If you hold a remote pilot licence (RePL) and operate according to a remotely piloted aircraft operator certificate (ReOC) or have an authorisation from CASA, you will be exempt from the new measures.