No Drone Zones

No Drone Zones

With thanks to Lakes Weekly Bulletin TV for making this video with Airways to explain where drones can’t be flown in Queenstown, why, and how to get the right permissions. Clayton Lightfoot, the Chief Controller at Queenstown Tower, also describes the current UTM trial in Queenstown and Christchurch and why it’s so important.


  1. Flashworks Media on September 8, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Great to see this information being given some airtime. Surprised they didn’t mention to fly with the 4km of airodrome you need to be certified as well as permission from the tower, but the landowner consent is the one regulation most ignored and the one we should be hammering home. Loving Airmap an hope it gets continued development. Also suggest that drone be added to customs declarations cards (batteries are already on their) and then its an opportunity to be proactive – possibly making the traveler read and agree to the 101 regs with a signed document.
    Also QLDC have been working on their drone policy since August 2015 and have had this on their site since then:
    "QLDC isn’t giving approvals for remote controlled aircraft (including drones) to fly over our parks, reserves and roads at present, unless it is for a Commercial Film permit and the operator is certificated under Rule 102 of the Civil Aviation Act….

  2. Thống Nguyễn on September 8, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Don’t think you can fly anywhere in Queenstown atm. It is a shame

  3. UnTamed- FPV on September 8, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    One more good app is
    (real time flight radar)
    So you know what is around. 👍

  4. AirShare New Zealand on September 8, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Great news that the AirMap trial in Queenstown has now been extended to the end of May 2018.

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