RPA – Remotely Piloted Aircraft

If you’ve got a drone and haven’t been keeping a close eye on the regulations, be very careful. Uploading videos taken from your drone to the internet could result in the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) sending you a hefty fine.

One Queensland drone pilot found this out the hard way, after receiving an $850 fine for his drone use — all based on videos he had uploaded to YouTube. (Ref)


Australia’s safety laws for drones vary whether you are flying commercially or recreationally.

When flying a drone over 2 kilograms for any form of economic gain, you need to have an RPA operator’s certificate.

When flying for fun then the regulations are less restrictive and allow you to fly an RPA without needing to be certified, providing you follow some simple safety rules. (Ref)

Standard RPA operating conditions means that the RPA must be operated:

  • within visual line of sight
  • below 400 ft AGL
  • during the day
  • more than 30 m away from anyone who is not directly associated with the operation (people being filmed are not considered to be directly associated with the RPA’s operation)

It may not be operated:

  • over a populous area
  • within 3 nautical miles of the movement area of a controlled aerodrome
  • in a prohibited area
  • in a restricted area that is classified as RA3
  • in a restricted area that is classified as RA2 or RA1 otherwise than in accordance with regulation 101.065
  • over an area where a fire, police or other public safety or emergency operation is being conducted without the approval of a person in charge of the operation.                                                                                                                                                                                  (Ref)

I don’t have a drone…. but I sure would like one!



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5 Responses to RPA – Remotely Piloted Aircraft

  1. Reblogged this on ' Ace Friends News ' and commented:
    What a brilliant and superb post Kirsten just had to share … Something for the future ‘ news today of a flying car travelling at upto 150 miles per hour .. Boy will our skies need vigilant authority then … People are dangerous enough on the roads in the UK … Ian


  2. disperser says:

    I like the idea of drones, but I’m also concerned about the high probability for abuse (either intentionally or through ignorance).

    Like with cars, I fear the average user is not fully invested in achieving a high level of competence in the operation of the vehicle.


    • We see more and more of them flying around the shorelines and parks here. So far the owners seem to be playing by the rules. I guess regulations will tighten up if the Civil Aviation Safety Authority get too many complaints.


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