Flights of fancy
THEY are easier to fly than a model aircraft and more affordable than ever, but the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is keen to remind the public that despite being fun, drones are dangerous.
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are popping up everywhere from photography to pizza delivery, and while they might become more common at the park than kites, they are still subject to laws and safety regulations, as CASA spokesman Peter Gibson explained.
“You can fly a recreational drone in the suburbs without an approval from CASA, but you must follow the safety rules,” Mr Gibson said.
“It’s all about being in control of your drone at all times and not putting people and property at risk.
“Never fly over groups or crowds, keep 30m away from people at all times and never fly near where aircraft are operating.”
Drones are capable of flying at over 50km/h and can inflict serious injury, as one family in the United Kingdom found out when a drone hit their 16-month-old baby.
It was being flown by a family friend, who lost control when the drone clipped a tree and hit baby Oscar, slicing open his eye.
Drone flying can be liberating, however it should be done with the rights and safety of others in mind.
“Have fun flying your drone but please understand the safety rules are important,” Mr Gibson said.
“Drones can injure people or cause property damage, which is why we have the safety rules.
“Don’t fly a drone near emergency situations like floods, crime scenes or bushfires. “Use common sense and you won’t put anyone at risk.”