Here at Airborne Studio, our experts in aerial filming in Sydney explain that CASA is the government body that regulates Australian aviation safety as well as the operation of Australian aircraft overseas.
Established in 1995, CASA is responsible for making sure that Australian airspace is administered and used safely.
As an independent statutory authority, CASA operates within a legislative framework. Just some of the vital services they offer include pilot licencing, aircraft registration oversee aviation safety and safety awareness promotion.
When it comes to UAV’s or drones, CASA’s rules vary, depending on the size of your drone and intended usage ie. for commercial or personal purposes.
Our professional drone videographers explain that some of most important rules to know for flying a drone in Australia, as stated by CASA include the following:
- Drones must only be flown during the day, keeping your drone within visual line-of-sight. This means being able to see the aircraft at all times.
- Your drone must not be flown higher than 120 meters (400ft) above the ground.
- You must keep your drone at least 30 meters away from other people.
- You must not fly your drone 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 operations, a fire and associated firefighting efforts, and search and rescue.
- You must only fly one UAV at a time.
- You must not fly over or above other people. This could include beaches, parks, events, or sport ovals where there is a game in progress.
- If your drone weighs more than 100g, you must keep at least 5.5km away from controlled aerodromes. You must respect personal privacy. You should never record or photograph people without their consent as this would likely breach state laws.
Find out more about CASA and what you need to know before you fly a drone here: https://www.casa.gov.au/aircraft/landing-page/remotely-piloted-aircraft