Flying a Drone (Remote Piloted Aircraft)

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The Rules

Drones or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) can be a fun, exciting hobby and have changed the way we do our jobs.

Safety in the skies is our top priority. To keep people, property and the environment around you safe, it’s essential you know the rules that apply to you.

If you don’t follow the rules when you fly, you could be hit with large fines and even possible jail time.

Flying drones is getting more popular for recreation and business, but did you know that there are rules and regulations that you need to abide by?

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is the governing body for drone and model aircraft use in Australia. If you are looking to fly a drone in and around the municipality you should be familiar with these regulations.

CASA has recently released ‘OpenSky’ drone safety app. It is an easy-to-use smartphone app illustrating where you’re not allowed to fly. You can download the app using the links below:

For android devices
For Apple devices

OR, access the drone safety app online here.


Find out more about CASA – Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 101

Rules for Flying Drones – CASA Video

This helpful video from CASA outlines the drone rules you need to follow to keep everyone safe.

Flying in public

Excluded Category Safety Rules Video

Please note: these are a broad representation of the rules as detailed by the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 101

Important Drone Safety Information Factsheet

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