- Posted by Jade
- On January 20, 2017
- 0 Comments
Drones, while there are many different types, are fairly easy to find these days, affordable, and with a bit of practice, seem simple to fly. Right? So why engage a licensed drone operator?
Not many people are aware of the safety regulations, and potential consequences of flying a Drone, including many photographers and hobbyists.
In fact, to fly in controlled airspace your contractor must hold a relevant CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) issued Operators certificate, Remote pilots certificate, an Aircraft radio operators certificate and monitor air traffic during operations.
The pilot must also apply to CASA and obtain an Aerial Approval for operations within 3 NM of the boundary of an air traffic controlled airport. This includes most of the Adelaide metropolitan area.
All relevant risk assessments and control measures must be in place prior to any flight.
Unlicensed Drone operators not following these procedures could be subject to a fine; infractions can result in fines anywhere between $850 and thousands, depending on the potential safety risk involved. Major infringements resulting in personal injury, property damage, or interference with other aircraft could be subject to significant fines from CASA, to to mention the massive potential for harm.
Not only is it the Drone operator’s responsibility to comply to CASA regulations, the person engaging an unlicensed pilot is also responsible and liable for prosecution.
CASA have recently relaxed the need for commercial operations of drones under 2 Kg, however commercial operators of drones under 2Kg without an Operators certificate must still notify CASA of their intended operations and are not allowed to operate in controlled airspace or within 3 Nm of any aircraft landing area including Heli pads.
If you are considering using a Drone, whether for fun, photography or work, ensure your pilot is aware of, and compliant to CASA regulations.
For more information on flying drones legally over your property or asset please contact us.