Unmanned Aircraft are defined and classified as remotely piloted aircraft, model aircraft, rockets and unmanned free balloons, which can all pose a serious hazard to aircraft operators.

Even if you have a RePL, to fly in some locations or under certain conditions you must apply for additional approvals or permissions, including but not limited to operating within 3 nautical miles (5.5 km) of Jandakot Airport. This is assessed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in consultation with Airservices Australia. Information on the process for approval is available at https://www.casa.gov.au/aircraft/landing-page/flying-drones-australia 

In addition, it is illegal to fly an unmanned aircraft for commercial hire or reward (including advertising and uploading videos to YouTube) unless the operator has an unmanned operator's certificate covering that type of operation - see https://www.casa.gov.au/drones/get-your-operator-credentials/operator-accreditation for further information.

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Be safe this Summer – Know Your Drone

Australians are flying drones in record numbers. More drones in the sky means its important that the rules are understood to keep everyone safe. The Know Your Drone website is easier and quicker to navigate and includes the latest news and information about Australia's recreational drone safety rules.  

Chat with CASA

CASA recently launched a new virtual assistant for drone flyers. The assistant appears at the bottom right hand corner on the drone-related pages of our website. It can answer simple questions like 'How high can I fly my drone?' or 'Where can I fly my drone?', through to more complex scenarios such as ‘Do I need a drone licence?’.  It’s available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Drone Safety Apps

Whether you’re a recreational or commercial drone flyer, CASA-verified drone safety apps use location-based maps to show where you can and can't fly your drone, in accordance with aviation legislation. The list has both mobile and web-based apps available. Remember to check your local and state or territory government rules before you fly. CASA-verified drone apps are for guidance only and should not be used for the purpose of air navigation.

Test your knowledge

CASA recently tested the knowledge of recreational drone flyers in Australia. The results were surprising! Just over half of the participants correctly identified the drone safety rules. Drones are fun, and by following the rules, we can all enjoy the air together. Breaking the rules can land you in trouble – you can be fined or even taken to Court. So, before you fly, make sure you’re up to date on the latest rules.  Test your knowledge by clicking here.

If you fly – they can't

As bushfires continue to threaten homes and towns across Australia, this is a timely reminder that flying your drone near emergencies can cause major safety risks to response teams, both in the air and on the ground. Fines of up to $11,100 can be issued for flying anywhere near bushfires while emergency operations are underway. Creating a hazard to firefighting aircraft can also result in two years jail. For more information, click here.