Drones a drain on bushfire response
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.
Chris Martlew from Mt Helena Voluntary Bush Fire Brigade discusses drones with resident Phil Pampling.