Definition: "Remotely piloted aircraft" (RPA) means an unmanned aircraft which is piloted from a remote pilot station.
Acceptable uses of RPA
For private use:
(a) The RPA may only be used for an individual's personal and private purposes where there is no commercial outcome, interest or gain;
(b) The person shall obtain prior authorisation from the Department of Civil Aviation;
(c) The pilot must observe all statutory requirements relating to liability, privacy and any other laws enforceable by any other authorities.
For all other use:
(a) The RPA operated for commercial, corporate and non-profit operation must be registered and have an RPA Operator Certificate (ROC) issued by the Department of Civil Aviation.
Dangers of negligent operation of an RPA:
(a) Collision with other aircraft, with possible fatal results
(b) Injury to the public
(c) Damage to people's property
(d) Legal liability for breaking laws such as privacy by-laws and other laws enforceable by other
Do's and Don'ts:
DO NOT, through act or omission, endanger the safety of another aircraft or person therein or any person or property through negligent flying/operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, or toy aircraft.
Do not fly/operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft, or toy aircraft 30 m or closer from:
- Any person or group of persons (like sports field, road races, schools, social events, etc.)
- Any property without permission from the property owner.
Unless approved by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), DO NOT fly/operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft or toy aircraft:
- Near manned aircraft
- 10 km or closer to an aerodrome (airport, helipad, airfield)
- In controlled airspace
- In restricted airspace
- In prohibited airspace.
Do not fly/operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft, or toy aircraft higher than 150 ft from the ground, unless approved by the Director of Civil Aviation.
- Fly/operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft, or toy aircraft in a safe manner, at all times.
- Remotely Piloted Aircraft or toy aircraft should remain within the visual line of sight at all times.
- Fly/operate RPA in daylight and clear weather conditions.
- Inspect your aircraft before each flight.
The Director of Civil Aviation
For more information refer to RPA Operations Guidance Advisory Circular A3/2017 of the Department of Civil Aviation.