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Before You Fly That Drone in Australia

The following questions and answers are based on the safety regulations for flying drones in Australia. Breach of these regulations when flying that drone to capture aerial shots could incur a fine of over AU$10,000. The company DJI have designed equivalent questions and answers in a quiz for Australian drone pilots.

Things to do before you fly that drone:

Australian drone regulations

(as at Feb 2018)

You can only fly one drone at a time in Australia.

How far away can I fly that drone?

You must see the drone at all times with your own unaided eyesight (of course, prescription glasses are allowed).

What is the maximum flight altitude for a drone?

The maximum flight altitude you can fly a drone is 120 meters above ground level.

How close to a major airport can I fly a drone?

You can’t fly a drone within 5.5 kilometers of a controlled aerodrome.

How close can the drone get to people?

No more than 30 meters.

What should I do if you become aware of a manned aircraft flying toward my drone?

Land your drone as soon as it is safe to do so.

To fly a drone commercially the Civil Aviation Safety Authority requires me to…?

Have an RPA operator’s certificate or fly in the sub-2kg/landholder excluded category.

Information sources

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