Flying Drones around Dubbo Airport

Flying drones/remotely piloted aircraft in or around Dubbo City Regional Airport

As drones continue to soar in popularity, it is important users inform themselves on how and where they may operate a drone, whether they need to be licensed and the dangers of flying drones near an airport or airfield.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has developed rules and regulations strictly prohibiting unmanned aircraft being flown in a manner that creates a hazard to aircraft.

Australia’s safety laws for drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), also know a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) as defined in the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, Part 101, vary depending on whether you are flying recreationally, for sport or for commercial purposes.

Detailed information surrounding CASA’s regulations for remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) usage can be found at: https://www.casa.gov.au/aircraft/landing-page/flying-drones-australia

RECREATIONAL USE

Due to safety concerns the recreational / sport flying of drones, UAV or RPA is not permitted in or around Dubbo City Regional Airport.

COMMERCIAL USE

There are certain situations, for commercial purposes only, where permission may be granted to operate a drone at or near Dubbo City Regional Airport.  When flying for money or any form of economic gain, you will need to be licensed and certified as an operator, or work for a certified operator.

Visit the CASA webpage for commercial drone operations first to check on what you need to know. https://www.casa.gov.au/standard-page/flying-drones-commercially

RPA use that is in breach of any regulation will be reported to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority CASA which can impose infringement notices of up to $8500 per offence.

HELPFUL INFORMATION

Information surrounding CASA’s regulations for RPA usage can be found at: https://www.casa.gov.au/aircraft/landing-page/flying-drones-australia 

Information surrounding AirServices RPA Policy can be found at: http://www.airservicesaustralia.com/services/unmanned-aerial-systems-in-controlled-airspace/

Dubbo City Regional Airport Management encourages the reporting of the illegal usage of RPAs at Dubbo and surrounds.  This can be done through CASA at: https://www.casa.gov.au/webform/report-unsafe-drone-operations