The Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has strictly controlled commercial use of drones in Australia since 2002.
Operators of unmanned aircraft are considered part of Australia’s aviation industry. They must be licensed with CASA and adhere to strict regulations for flying drones.
Be mindful of the rules when making aerial footage. CASA will prosecute people who flout the law.
In Australia, a large UAV cannot fly:
Small UAVs do not require approval in Australia if they remain:
To fly a drone of any size for commercial purposes, a videographer undergoes a rigorous approval process, which includes obtaining a Class 2 medical certificate, a UAV Controller Certificate and an RPA Operators Certificate from CASA.
CASA has announced amended drone industry regulations that will come into effect September 2016, including new categories of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). Stay tuned!
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