CASA releases drone flying safety video

A drone flying over King's Beach.
A drone flying over King's Beach. Warren Lynam

ONE of the hottest presents on Christmas wishlist this year will be drones.

But for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority making sure everyone knows the correct safety rules before flying is paramount.

Heading into the Festive Season the CASA has released a marketing promotion on social media to ensure that people know the safety rules surrounding drones.

Key safety rules include always keeping your drone in sight and never flying at night, keeping at least 30 metres away from people, buildings and vehicles, not flying over crowds or groups of people and staying below 400 feet.

Very importantly no-one should fly a drome in a way that causes a hazard to other aircraft. Drones must not be flown anywhere near aircraft and should be grounded immediately if there are aircraft nearby.

This means drones should not be flown anywhere near airports, helipads or any place an aircraft could be flying. If seaplanes are operating stay away from the water.

Drones can injure people - a young child recently lost an eye in an accident in the United Kingdom. Following the safety rules will avoid accidents. Breaking the safety rules could mean a fine of up to $9000.

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