NOTE: These are the actual rules straight from CASA if you think something in the rules is wrong then you need to lobby CASA to change them
Xmas has come and gone and no doubt there are heaps more drone flyers who have never flown before.
No doubt they’ll run into the same idiots telling them what they can’t do without anything to back them up.
UPDATE: Well the trolls have deleted their comments and we’re very close to me doing a Top 10 Drone Rules Myths, I had no idea the level of ignorance still prevalent DESPITE what CASA clearly states as the rules.
Here I list the Top 5 misconceptions going around Australia about what you can and can’t do with a drone.
* Please note this is for hobby/recreational flying, the rules do differ with an AOC or RePL.
1. Can you fly within 5.5km of an airport or helipad – YES (NO 18/10/17)
2. Can you fly over 120 metres – YES (NO 18/10/17)
3. Can you fly FPV – NO
4. Can you fly over a National Park – YES
5. Can you get cool footage of whales and dolphins – YES
UPDATE 18/10/17: CASA have updated the rules to ban 1 & 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJsK_ggWGFY
This is just the top 5 misconceptions about what’s allowed in Australia with a drone. If you want to see the actual rules from CASA video or expand to the top 10 misconceptions about the rules, let me know. I just wanted to get something out for Xmas to counter all of the misinformation I see.
Shot and narrated around Graceville on an Evolve Carbon GT, sorry about the audio.
Regarding the National Parks rules, I can find many sites which list it as illegal (as well as the first 2 on this list), however the Parks & Wildlife Services have no jurisdiction on airspace. Clarification with CASA revealed that as long as you follow their rules you are within the regulations for drone operations. Parks & Wildlife Services do have control over what you are allowed to do on National Park land though.
However causing distress and disturbing wildlife is not permitted and will be swiftly actioned by Parks & Rec.
Public Nuisance is a Federal Rule and “may” apply to drone use over a National Park. The current rules and regulations for Parks & Wildlife are over 20 years old, well before drones were a thing.