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Drone Pilots Cop Fines

Drone Pilots Cop Fines

Drone pilots have been hit with fines in three separate incidents as the Civil Aviation Safety Authority continues to crack down on hazardous drone flying.

CASA rules require drones to not be flown within 30 metres of vehicles, boats, buildings or people.

In one incident, a person was fined $1,440 for flying in Sydney Harbour, which is the most expensive fine of the three incidents due to the area also being restricted airspace.

Another fine is believed to have involved drone footage shot at a “high-profile media wedding” posted on social media according to AAP (via 9news.com.au), which saw the drone pilot hit with a $900 fine.

A fine of $900 was also issued to an individual in Canberra flying over a group of children at an Easter egg hunt. CASA said the individual would not have been able to clear the area safely if the drone had malfunctioned.

“The rules protect people, property and aircraft from drones… If you fly a drone it is your responsibility to fly by the rules and stay safe at all times,” CASA director of aviation safety Shane Carmody said in a statement.

Carmody encouraged all drone pilots to download the CASA ‘Can I fly there?’ app to assist with flying safely.

Pauline Hanson may also be hit with a fine after posting a video of herself flying a drone close to buildings on social media. CASA previously stated they were reviewing the video and would take “appropriate action”.

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