New drone rules tighter

Stronger and clearer safety rules governing the flying of drones have been introduced by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

The new rules focus on the operation of recreational drones and will better protect people and aircraft from drones.

The safety rules have been tightened in response to community concerns and the rapid growth in drone numbers.

The new requirements are set out in an interim formal direction that will apply until a full review of the drone regulations is completed.

Recreational drones must now never be flown within 5.5km of any controlled aerodrome – which are the major aerodromes in capital cities and regional centres including Mildura.

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