Is it legal to fly my quadcopter in Australia?
That seems to be one of the first questions we're asked. The straight answer according to the CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) is that it is illegal to fly an RPA (Remote Piloted Aircraft) for commercial use without an approved license. The same applies in the United States, UK and most of Europe. That said, it is legal to fly a toy or hobby RPA provided you use some common sense and abide by the rules set out by the CASA as per below.
Other than the Ceerson CX-20 or the equivalently spec’d DJI Phantom our drones would be considered toys. They are only capable of flight up to 150 metres from the controller and are only pilotable with a good line of sight. They are very susceptible to wind and anything greater than a gentle breeze would render these drones uncontrollable, particularly at altitude. To that end, using a bit of common sense it would be hard to break the law flying a toy drone.
However, if you are a real estate agent or photographer for example, you will usually not be able to conform with the above conditions and will therefor require a UAV Operator Certificate (UOC) which is the CASA certificate to operate legally.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a Commonwealth reserve established under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act) to manage the environment of the region for the benefit of all people, present and future. The Director of National Parks, also established EPBC Regulations under the EPBC Act to manage activities such as use of remote control drones.
Under the EPBC Regulations the following is relevant to remote control drones:
So due to this information you are unable to fly drones in any Commonwealth national park. This includes:
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