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:
- Check you are allowed to fly in that area
- Ensure your drone’s battery is charged
- Check the propellers are securely fastened
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.
For drone rules and where you can fly:
- Can I Fly There app
- The Civil Aviation Safety Authority website – casa.gov.au/drones