Change to drone licencing laws


From the end of September this year commercial drone operators will no longer need remote pilot licences or certificates for unmanned aircrafts. The new regulations are part of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s plans to cut red tape as drone use grows in popularity.

Philippe Coquerand reports.

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It’s quickly revolutionising the world we live in.

Drones are able to perform tasks that would be more difficult for humans.

From fire spotting, to disaster recovery and even police surveillance.

Gavin Broadbent, Pilot: “Aerial cameras are extremely popular now, they’re easier to use than ever. They’re not just the next thing, they’re the current thing that’s actually happening, they’re the current trend.”

The new regulations are aimed at commercial drone pilots with aircraft weighing less than two kilograms.

They won’t need a license.

But they will still have to follow rules.

Gavin Broadbent, Pilot: “The basics are 400 feet above the ground, no closer than 30m from people who aren’t directly involved with it.”

Drones are now a multi-million dollar industry in Australia alone.

This is the most popular commercially sold drone.

It’s so advanced that it can deliver high quality images and video.

There is over half a million sold around the world.

One retailer believes the changing regulations will encourage new pilots.

Casey Woodhead, Drone Store Manager: “It used to be all about people trying to get into photography for a business proposition, as well as for just flying around and having fun. Nowadays it’s people who are actually at the new legislation and coming in for that purpose.”

Anyone who is caught breaching the new regulations faces a $9,000 fine.

So far only one Australian has been charged under current laws.

Philippe Coquerand, QUT News.