Top 5 Australian Drone Flying Myths & Misconceptions – CASA Rules PSA

Top 5 Australian Drone Flying Myths & Misconceptions – CASA Rules PSA

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 –

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.


  1. Yung Trevor on September 22, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    So I can fly my Drone above 120m as long as I’m not in any restricted airspace?

  2. Ren’s World on September 22, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Download the can i fly there app. Has maps and lets you know weather etc.

  3. Peter Franzen on September 22, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    can’t hear any thing over the noisy drone .

  4. Maxim Yuan on September 22, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    "Class G airspace is fine to go over 120 metres"
    Where are Class G airspace in Australia?!?!

  5. on September 22, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    that camera work was hard to watch and third the way in i feel nauseous. hard to listen to a well.

  6. Buckers on September 22, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Hey mate, thanks for that. That cleared a lot of the up. I feel like CASA generalise the rules so as to make sure new people to the hobby don’t get into a lot of trouble from the beginning!

  7. Clay Black on September 22, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    "Standard Operating Procedures" refers to people operating with an RePL and under a ReOC (commercial operations). You can not fly within 5.5km of an instrument approach helicopter landing site and controlled aerodromes if you are a recreational flyer or are operating in the sub 2kg commercial category. Non-controlled aerodromes and non-instrument approach helicopter landing sites are different. As of October 2017 the regulations have changed and been clarified. Please refer to

  8. Des o on September 22, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    How about flying in a gymnasium which is within the no fly zone ?

  9. Craig B on September 22, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    That dam background noise…..

  10. RaggingJay on September 22, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    So I can’t fly fpv

  11. ART4LiFe on September 22, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    need help so I’m going to Australia in Aug. and want to know if at the airport do they stop you and try to charge you a fee for bring in a drone into the Australia?

    The reason for the question is because in Dominican Rep. they stop me and told me i had to pay a fee like tax fee before i enter Dominican Rep.

    i was seeing if you knew if Australia does the same thing?

  12. frezzy 2k on September 22, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    I can not even understand I word you were fuckin sayin

  13. Kris Strappazon on September 22, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    is this still up to date? great video mate

  14. killerjerick mcjerick on September 22, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Great video, very informative, however, may I suggest, next time please do a voice over, the background noise was really distracting, thanks!

  15. Joel R on September 22, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    You must not fly in a way that creates a hazard to other aircraft, so you should keep at least 5.5 km away from airfields, aerodromes and helicopter landing sites.

  16. Matt Guttormsen on September 22, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Great day out in Graceville/Sherwood for you, have seen you ‘roll’ your dog a few times

  17. Bob Brown on September 22, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Rules have changed. Again.

  18. Craig Cee on September 22, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    In regards to whales, I recently contacted NPWS and they said no to flying a drone withing that 300m rule, again your thoughts

  19. Art Of David Amos on September 22, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Kind of throws the "Can I fly there" app out the window doesn’t it?

  20. miningwayne on September 22, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    shame you cant hear your voice because of all that fucking background noise!!! what were you thinking???

  21. Bream King on September 22, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Hi just wanted to ask about the 120m rule and flying above that

  22. KiTiL on September 22, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    hi, may i ask a question? im from hongkong and im going.for a holiday jn sydney australia. can i DJI mavic pro? and do i need any special liscence or permit to in on australia? ex. airport.

  23. ThePa1nter on September 22, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    I have a question regarding the flying over national parks.We are allowed to fly over them but as for landings and taking off,can we manually take off holding and catch for landing??

  24. Blackpink METAL on September 22, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    I have a question about flying at night. In the rule it says "No night flying (GENERALLY)" under the category "You SHOULD only fly in visual line-of-sight, in day Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC)." The using words like "GENERALLY" and "SHOULD" in this part of the rules seems like they are leaving it up to the drone pilot to make final decision on weather they think it is safe to fly at night or not. The definition of VMC I found is "conditions in which pilots have sufficient visibility to fly the aircraft maintaining visual separation from terrain and other aircraft (this applies to both day and night)." In modern cities a lot of illumination comes from street lights, and buildings and if you keep the drone below the legal flying height then aircraft shouldn’t be a problem. Some car parks can be very well illuminated at night making a good visible takeoff and landing location and most quality drones have lights on them so they can be visibly seen night. So to me this fulfills all the categories under VMC "conditions in which pilots have sufficient visibility to fly the aircraft maintaining visual separation from terrain and other aircraft". So I guess my question is how do you personally interpret this rule and has there been any kind of clarification on why they would use words like SHOULD and GENERALLY in the rule? It seems like they are trying to discourage night flying but it’s not actually illegal to do so. Am I missing something here?

  25. Peter Liakopoulos on September 22, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Very informative! Do you have any research on rules banning drones being made by some local councils?

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