Drone safety rules and standard operating conditions

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. Commercial flying also includes research and development — this means anything that isn’t flying for sport or recreation.

With more drones in Australian skies than ever before, it’s important that you understand the rules that keep you and others safe.

To learn more, go to www.casa.gov.au/drones
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  1. Charles E on March 30, 2021 at 12:48 am

    If I’m flying an FPV drone, < 2kg, can I use a spotter (another person) as my line of sight? And do I have to register RPA if it is only for recreational? Using AirMap and flying in an appropriate area can I fly FPV with a spotter?

  2. Voracious T on March 30, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Say for example your at quiet beach filming a wedding , would it be legal or depends on the area?

  3. Just Another Creator on March 30, 2021 at 12:55 am

    My drone weighs 570g (mavic air 2) I can fly it for fun WITHOUT registration can’t I? because I couldn’t see anything that states that, only stating about drones for work…. please clarify. thankyou

  4. Sinitha Sinitha on March 30, 2021 at 12:59 am


  5. Gustavo Narvaez Di lucente on March 30, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Hi there, if I will fly my drone only for fun or (recreation)I don’t have to register (even if is more than 250? But less than 2 kg) ? Thank you .

  6. JJK on March 30, 2021 at 1:07 am

    Can I fly my drone within 5.5km if it is under 250g? And if I can, how close can I get!

  7. T-BoNe on March 30, 2021 at 1:07 am

    Question, so drones under 250gms are exempt from the 5.5km airport radius restrictions?

  8. Tim Bray on March 30, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Can you show the law statuary of what your explaning like define flying unsafe over property, law define more than 70feet at a unnoticable distance, define police operations, thats only stats emergancy in any of the regulations, as police are ment to have transparency laws to allow you to observation and film them, even when you legally fly you can end up in court, was anything correct in this, other than the said distances was correct, and what was the safty asessment of drones "the fact thay have zero chance of death, from falling on someone, in short when are we going to get to fly like planes" planes fly over people with maxium chances of death.

  9. FraznoFire on March 30, 2021 at 1:23 am

    is there a cost for getting the remotes pilot license and/or the RPA operator’s certificate?

  10. Krissada Leelachutidech on March 30, 2021 at 1:25 am

    If my drone is under 250 grams and i add props which makes it over 250g, do i have to register?

  11. Harrison Bright on March 30, 2021 at 1:26 am

    Hello, I have a drone underneath 250 grams, do I need to get a license to fly commercially?

  12. Scott-Steven on March 30, 2021 at 1:28 am

    What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

  13. shaungenic on March 30, 2021 at 1:32 am

    What is the best way to find out where you can fly? is it with airmap.com

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