Drone pilot Kieran Convery, 31 from Brisbane. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
Drone pilot Kieran Convery, 31 from Brisbane. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT

New drone apps, rules you should know

BEFORE COVID, drones are being flown in record numbers in Australia as the recreational activity gained popularity.

Now, with restrictions starting to ease it's important we all understand the rules that keep us safe for when we next fly.

DRONES: Where you can and can't fly on the Northern Rivers

From September 30, 2020 commercial operators will have to get a drone registration and operator accreditation.

CASA said registration of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) will help ensure people fly responsibly.

The industry body said accreditation will demonstrate excluded category operators have learnt the drone safety rules, also known as the standard operating conditions.

Recreational drone registration and operator accreditation is expected to commence in 2022.





If you're using a drone, or remotely piloted aircraft, for work or business, there are specific rules that apply to you. Flying a drone commercially means flying for any type of hire or reward. This could be as simple as taking photos for a real estate listing that you put up on a website or using the data your drone has collected over a construction site to generate income. If you're flying a drone that weighs 2kg or less or you're flying over your own land using a drone that is 25kg or less, this means you're flying - or planning to fly - under the excluded category. Operating in this category means you must follow the standard operating conditions, notify CASA of your intent to fly and keep proper records about your operations.


No Drone Zone

The signage alerts drone operators to 'no drone zones' around the Williamtown airport. Organisations can request approval to install CASA's standardised national drone safety signage ('no drone zones') and download the artwork via the CASA website.

Drones are a popular recreational activity.
Drones are a popular recreational activity.


Flying FPV in Australia

Ordinarily, you must always keep your drone within visual line-of-sight. This means always being able to see the drone with your own eyes, rather than through a device, screen or goggles. First Person View (FPV) flying makes use of video piloting equipment where the operator flies the drone using live video from an on-board camera relayed via goggles, screen or a headset - rather than through direct line-of-sight. Visit our website for the dos and don'ts of flying FPV in Australia.


New drone safety apps

Last month CASA announced the release of three new drone safety apps from AirMap Inc, AiRXOS and Avsoft. Have you tried them out yet? Download or access a web-based version today. Remember to follow the drone safety rules and to check your local and state government for any additional rules or regulations that apply in your area before you fly - including any restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

See more at https://www.casa.gov.au/.