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With the popularity of drones on the increase, knowing the

do’s and don’ts of taking to the skies in this unmanned

aerial vehicle is a good idea. Here are a few things to

consider if you’re getting a drone as your next model


• Drone use in Australia is managed by the Civil Aviation

Safety Authority (CASA). CASA distinguishes between

model aircraft (drones used for fun) and remotely

piloted aircraft (drones use for business or research),

depending on what you do with it.

• You don’t need formal qualifications to operate a

drone for fun, but you do need to follow some rules.

Only fly your aircraft in your line of sight and during

daylight hours and don’t fly over heavily populated

areas, like beaches or other people’s backyards.

• There is currently no guidance on how the privacy of

individuals can be protected from remotely piloted

aircraft. However increasing concerns that people

might be filmed by drones in their own backyards

without consent mean legislative reform may come


• If you plan to fly a drone for business, currently

you need an unmanned aerial vehicle controller’s

certificate and unmanned operator’s certificate,

but CASA may exempt commercial remotely piloted

aircraft under two kilograms from certification

requirements this year.

• It’s an offence to carry out a commercial activity in a

Commonwealth reserve, so if you are flying a drone for

business purposes, stay away from National Parks.

Thanks to the team at Marque Lawyers for their great



Fire & flight don’t mix

The risk of fire from on board LiPo

batteries is real for every model aircraft

pilot as a couple of recent incidents


A large IMAC aerobatic model was lost

when it rapidly nosedived into a heavily

wooded area and caught fire after

the elevators appeared to be affected

by some on board problem causing a

‘porpoising’ movement in flight. Club

members used fire extinguishers to put

out the fire and the Rural Fire Brigade

made the area safe.

The final investigation concluded that the

elevator servo may have ‘shorted’ – the

likely cause of the ‘porpoising’ – and the

resultant high amperage drain on the

batteries (LiPos) probably contributed to

the fire.

In another incident a member was

practising aerobatics and lost control

due to disorientation. The electric

powered ‘Boomerang 40’ model was lost

when it crashed in the flying area and

caught fire.

The fire rapidly spread and the local fire

brigade had to extinguish it. The field’s

fire breaks successfully kept the fire

controlled within the field’s boundaries.

The investigation concluded the fire was

almost certainly caused by the onboard

LiPo batteries igniting on impact.