List of CASA (AUSTRALIA) regulations
Australia was the first country in the world to regulate remotely piloted aircraft, with the the first operational regulation for unmanned aircraft in 2002. (Civil Aviation Safety Regulation)
Drone activities are approved for operations over unpopulated areas up to 400 feet AGL (above ground level) (120 metres), or higher with special approvals.
Special approvals are also required for other areas.
Operations are not permitted in controlled airspace without CASA approval and coordination with Airservices Australia regulations.
Can be operated in visual meteorological conditions (VMC) and /or instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) with appropriate approvals.
Difference between RPAs and model aircraft
People have been flying model aircraft for many years. How are these different from the remotely piloted ‘drones’ we hear so much about?
From CASA’s perspective, the difference between RPA and model aircraft is that RPA are used for commercial, government or research purposes and model aircraft are flown just for fun – for sport and recreation.
In other words, CASA classifies your unmanned aircraft by what you do with it.
CASA recommends if you are applying for an unmanned operators certificate (UOC), that you make yourself familiar with privacy matters and how this affects your use of an RPA. The UOC application process includes a reading list about privacy matters.