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Drone Licence Perth: Calls for Regulations to be Revisited
Remotely-piloted aircraft, also known as drones, have rapidly evolved in an incredibly short period of time. Increased accessibility and affordability have led to drones becoming more and more common.
Of course, there are risks associated with flying drones, so regulations have been imposed to moderate their use. Broadly, these regulations ask that drones are flown safely and responsibly, with personal and public safety being of paramount importance.
Whilst these regulations exist, they, unfortunately, are not always followed – some drone flyers find convenient grey spots in legislation - this, of course, poses risks to personal safety and privacy.
There are different regulations for amateur and commercial pilots, with commercial pilots requiring a licence to operate.
Drones flown by amateur pilots must:
- Be flown during the daytime and remain in the line-of-sight of the pilot
- Be kept within 120m of the ground
- Be kept at least 30m away from people
- Avoid any area that could jeopardise the safety of others
- Not be flown over the top of people (especially crowds)
- Stay at least 5.5km away from aerodromes
- Not be flown over or near an area affecting public safety or where emergency operations are underway (without prior approval)
For commercial drone pilots, the rules are somewhat different. Those flying an aircraft over 2kg need to receive their remote pilot licence (RePL) and be certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Additionally, if you hold a RePL, you will need to be employed by someone holding a remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificate (ReOC).
Those commercially flying an aircraft weighing less than 2kg fall within the ‘excluded’ category, meaning that CASA needs to be notified before drones are operated under the standard operating conditions. If drones are to be operated outside of these conditions, the pilot needs to become licensed and affiliated with a certified operator.
Calls for Rules and Regulations to be Revisited
Both within and outside of the aviation industry, many people believe regulations need revisiting. Currently, it is difficult to police the unlawful flying of drones – however, there is plenty of evidence that it is being done regularly. One need only scroll through Instagram to see a ream of drone images that are not congruent with drone legislation. These images do not provide adequate evidence to authorities, and so there is no way to approach the pilot unless they are caught in the act.
Why Use Australian Training Management for Drone Training in Perth?
Drone training through Australian Training Management will remove the uncertainty surrounding RPA regulations. This CASA-accredited course will see you receive your RePL after five days of applied flying skills, flight theory, and thorough training in how to operate your drone safely.
Australian Training Management offers hands-on training across construction, mining and aviation, among other industries. The participant is at the forefront of these courses, with a strong focus on providing current industry knowledge that will put Australian Training Management participants ahead of the rest.
Whether you’re a hobbyist; keen to take their drone flying to greater heights, or else you’re hoping to fly commercially, drone training through Australian Training Management will provide you with a thorough grounding in all things RPA. Get in touch today to kickstart your future.