Drone user wants regulations clarified

Videographer, lecturer and drone user Richard Seale.
Videographer, lecturer and drone user Richard Seale.

A SCARBOROUGH recreational drone user wants to set the record set straight about where they can be flown.

Curtin University film lecturer Richard Seale uses his drone to capture footage of nature, but said people were often misinformed about regulations.

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“Often we see incidents where people use drones in an irresponsible way and give drone users a bad name,” he said.

“Recently a guy that flew the drone to Bunnings to pick up a sausage sizzle – amusing as it was, it was very dangerous.

“If people stick to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) guidelines, the risk to people is minimal.”

According to CASA guidelines for recreational use, drones cannot fly within 30m of people, boats or vehicles or fly over heavily populated areas.

The City of Stirling recently amended a local law to provide areas specifically for drone use – Hertha Road Reserve and Yokine Regional Open Space.