No drone zone at Mount uller

Mt Buller News - - NEWS -

Re­motely pi­loted air­craft (also known as drones or UA s) have ex­ploded into pop­u­lar­ity over the last few years.

How­ever, most own­ers don t un­der­stand the laws that ap­ply to their use, and can un­in­ten­tion­ally land them­selves in hot wa­ter by op­er­at­ing these air­craft out­side of where and how it is per­mit­ted.

Op­er­a­tors of re­mote air­craft should be aware that flying in the vicin­ity of Mt Buller is pro­hib­ited with­out prior au­tho­ri­sa­tion and proper cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Civil Avi­a­tion Safety Au­thor­ity.

Peo­ple are of­ten un­aware that the Mt Buller and Mt Stir­ling Alpine Re­sorts con­tain sev­eral recog­nised heli­copter landing sites, and is con­sid­ered an aero­drome for flying op­er­a­tions.

This means that re­mote air­craft must not be op­er­ated within 4.5 kilo­me­tres of the re­sort due to the se­ri­ous hazard posed to manned air­craft.

Fur­ther­more, re­mote air­craft must not be flown near un­re­lated build­ings, ve­hi­cles, peo­ple and pop­u­lous lo­ca­tions such as ski runs or gath­er­ing ar­eas.

Any­one wit­ness­ing the flying of a drone in a pro­hib­ited area should re­port it to the po­lice at Mt Buller by call­ing 000 as of­fi­cers may be out on pa­trol and not at the sta­tion.

Op­er­a­tors found to be flying re­mote air­craft within the re­sort area may be fined 622 when op­er­ated with­out the au­thor­ity of the Re­sort Man­age­ment Board, and/ or have their e uip­ment seized by po­lice and charged with of­fences un­der the Civil Avi­a­tion Safety Reg­u­la­tions 1998.

NO GO NO DRONE: Re­motely con­trolled air­craft drones such as this one are a no go’ on Mt uller.

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