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Do you fly a drone?

Authorities wish to remind the community to keep out of controlled airspace, after a 28-year-old New South Wales man was recently caught flying a remotely piloted aircraft (drone) at Mount Ainslie Lookout in Canberra.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) responded after a member of the public reported a drone being flown illegally in the area. Officers interviewed the man, who was on a brief visit to Canberra and did not realise he was flying in a restricted area.

The matter was then referred to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and, while there was no impact to airport operations on this occasion, an infringement and counselling notice was issued.

CASA’s spokesperson Peter Gibson said the drone safety rules protect people in the air and on the ground.

“The drone safety rules are simple and easy to follow – they’re designed to avoid hazards with other aircraft, people or property,” Mr Gibson said.

“This infringement should remind people not to fly drones within 5.5km from airports. It’s dangerous, and there can be serious consequences.”

For more on the rules around recreational drone use, visit the CASA website: casa.gov.au

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