Keep an eye on the skies
DRONE users have been warned not to fly near airports to avoid putting aircraft in danger.
As personal drones continue to soar in popularity, the Jandakot Airport Community Aviation Consulting Group (JACACG) has warned users to find out where local restricted areas are and the dangers of flying drones near airports.
JACACG chairman Steve Klomp said as drones became cheaper, more advanced and more able to reach the heights used by commercial aircraft, they posed greater risks to pilots, who often could not see such small objects in the sky until it was too late.
He said drones were not allowed to intrude into aviation airspace and could not be used at or near an airport.
“The numbers of drones in use has exploded in recent times and their use is only going to increase,” he said.
“This is fine, in fact it is great, as long as they are not a danger to others or to aircraft.
“They may be only a nuisance, holding up traffic or causing collision warning systems to activate, but on the other hand they can hit a propeller or be sucked into a jet engine. A drone colliding with an aircraft can be a catastrophe.”
He said the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) required some drone users to need a licence but that many, including those flying on their own property, only needed to notify CASA of their plans.
“Locals have a responsibility to be informed about how and where they may operate a drone and whether they need to be licensed to use their drone,” he said.
Visit www.casa.gov. au/aircraft/landing-page/ flying-drones-australia for a free smartphone app, as well as a free drone operators e-Learning module.
Jandakot Airport operations co-ordinator Jacqui Gill, JACACG chairman Steve Klomp and City of Cockburn strategic planning manager Andrew Trosic.