Where & When Can I Fly My RPA?

CASA sets rules for RPAs the same as for General Aviation

Read the recent CASA Publication ?Part 101 Amendments ? Cutting red tape for remotely piloted aircraft? on their website www.casa.gov.au/ drones.

General operating conditions are

1. Visual Line of Sight. Daylight only; clear of cloud.

2. No higher than 120metres (400 feet) above ground level.

3. You must keep your RPA at least 30 metres away from other people; or 15m with their permission.

4. Not in restricted airspace. These are mostly military controlled areas and require specific approval from the military representative in charge of the area. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operators Certificate (ReOC) holder that you fly for will organize this approval.

5. Not over the movement area or under the approach path of a not controlled aerodrome.

6. In controlled airspace not above 400ft above ground level ground not closer than 3 nautical miles from a controlled aerodrome

7. You must not fly your RPA over any Populous Areas. These can include: beaches, parks and sporting ovals, where groups of people are gathered.

8. You must not fly your RPA over or near an area affecting public safety or where emergency operations are underway (without prior approval). This could include situations such as a car crash, police operaions, a fire and associated firefighting efforts and search and rescue.

9. You can only fly one RPA at a time.

CASA Permissions or Area Approvals can be applied for to operate outside the rules; significant costs and time delays apply.

CASA now have an ‘Excluded’ category allowing commercial operation of Sub 2kg RPAs without a Remote Pilot Licence or a ReOC but there are conditions including excluded pilots can not apply for Permissions or Area Approvals.  This category also allows land holders to operate RPAs up to 25kg on their own land; with conditions.