Drones a drain on bush­fire re­sponse

Hills Gazette - - NEWS - Lynn Gri­er­son

ing us on the ground to bring fires un­der con­trol; sec­ondly the drone user could be li­able for an in­fringe­ment from the Civil Avi­a­tion Safety Au­thor­ity (CASA).”

He urged drone and model air­craft users not to put the lives of pi­lots at risk.

“The im­pact of ground­ing aerial sup­port also brings a fi­nan­cial im­pact, any­where from tens of thou­sands to hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars of lost pro­duc­tiv­ity funded by our tax­payer dol­lars,” he said.

Never fly a drone, model air­craft or mul­ti­ro­tor near a bush­fire is the mes­sage from CASA be­cause even a small drone could bring down a he­li­copter if it col­lided with a tail ro­tor, or an aero­plane if it hit a pro­pel­ler.

Visit casa.gov.au/sportavi­a­tion or call 131 757 or 1800 687 342.

Pic­ture: David Baylis d462482

Chris Martlew from Mt He­lena Vol­un­tary Bush Fire Bri­gade dis­cusses drones with res­i­dent Phil Pam­pling.

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