Being a recreational drone user allows you to enjoy and experiment with drone flying techniques with less restriction from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). There’s less pressure to master drone photography or videography as well because one is simply flying for hobby purposes.
One may be limited in the places that allow recreational drone flying, but there’s definitely more neighbourhood airspace and opportunities to sharpen your skills. Commercial drone use has increased drastically over the last few years. With companies enlisting drone pilots to survey land, photograph their real estate ventures and take video of their hotels. There’s a lot of work, red tape, and hours that go into being a commercial drone pilot, but as a recreational drone user, one can enjoy recreational a lot of drone user perks such as:
If you’re a recreational drone user who happens to travel often, documenting your adventures has never been easier. Whether you’re enjoying popular tourist destinations or taking some video of a live event, you can easily promote your video or photo on social media for as long as you don’t monetize the promotion. This is a great way to build a portfolio and showcase your travels and experiences! You must abide by the drone flying rules that pertain to that area, but as a good recreational user, you always do that. A few places that do not allow drone flying are the Sydney Opera House and local parks and airports in Australia since the drone can disrupt wildlife and other exclusive activities in the venue.
Recreational drones are a great tool for learning about filmmaking, architecture and weather forecasting. Students in these fields of study can become recreational drone users, so they can have more hands on training and can learn more about their environment.
Thanks to the new drone safety app called “Can I Fly There” developed by CASA in partnership with Drone Complier, you can be informed ahead of ideal places to fly your drone and be reminded of standard rules that apply to drone flying. The free app works like a charm, you just download it via Google Play or the App Store on your smartphone, search a location and check if it’s suitable for drone flying. It also applies to 2 kg commercial drones.
While drones used recreationally need to be registered with CASA, you’re free to fly them within the premises of your own home. They can inspect your roof and other areas of your house that are in need of repair but are hard-to-reach. After a storm, or just for routine maintenance, a drone can help let you know about any and all issues currently affecting your house or property.
Most commercial drone users are limited to a specific field for deploying drones, if they are in construction, they have to be licensed to only fly for construction purposes. If you are a recreational drone flyer, however, you have plenty of options to use your drone for, as long as you’re not doing it as a business, but rather a hobby. With recreational drone usage, you can document your vacation hike, use it for home repair and maintenance, for filmmaking and even studying the weather or just sending a gift to a friend. Not mention just flying them during a nice summer afternoon is very enjoyable.
Drones are a convenient source of documentation, and are a great deal of fun to fly! If it’s your first time to fly a drone, we suggest you read basic etiquette in flying drones for recreational use.