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Everyday Consumers allowed to fly Commercially

Liam Riley | 16 June, 2015 | The Sphere Drones Blog

Australia’s civil aviation safety body will slightly loosen the rules around commercial drone operation within the next couple of weeks, making it easier for you to make a bit of money on the side from your drone photography or drone video business.

The Australian reports that lightweight drones — those under 2 kilograms, which would include the popular combination of DJI Phantom 3 plus a GoPro or other compact video camera setup — will be allowed to be operated by commercial drone pilots or companies undertaking commercial work, without having to apply and be granted a commercial drone operation licence.

For companies and operators to be exempt from those licencing requirements, though, the drones they operate will have to follow the same rules as recreational users:

• Stay at least 30 metres away from people with your drone.
• Keep your drone under 400 feet (121.92m).
• You may not operate your drone above a large gathering of people (e.g.: at sporting events, over crowds at the beach or groups of protestors).
• You must keep your drone within sight while you’re operating it.
• You may not operate your drone within 5km of an airport and a place where planes take off or land from.

Drone operators’ licences are still in high demand at CASA; the authority has a backlog of over 100 applications for commercial pilots, and has granted over 200 licences thus far. 

[The Australian]

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