Drones: know the rules

Drones: know the rules

In our Winter 2017 issue, we published an article Up in the Air: Using your drone which gave some guidelines on using drones. With drones becoming more common, for both personal use and for business purposes, we thought it worthwhile reminding you of the law surrounding their use.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has rules regarding the piloting of drones to help minimise any risk to the public. Civil Aviation Rules
(Part 101) have provisions that you must adhere to when piloting a drone that weighs under 25kg; most drones are under this weight.

If you’re caught not complying with Part 101 of the CAA Rules, you can be prosecuted by the CAA. The fines range from $500–$1,000. Other prosecutions under, say, the Privacy Act 1993, could be much heftier.

If you are a drone operator, you must know the rules. Go to www.caa.govt.nz to find out more. Remember, ignorance of the law is no excuse.

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