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Flying first person view in Australia
Ordinarily, you must always keep your drone within your visual line-of-sight. This means always being able to continuously see the drone with your own eyes, rather than through an electronic device such as a video screen or goggles.
Flying First Person View (FPV) makes use of a live video transmission where the operator flies the drone using an onboard camera that relays live video to goggles, mobile phone or tablet screen.
When flying FPV, the operator's visual line-of-sight is limited to the onboard vision transmitted from the camera. The use of FPV devices also limits the overall situational awareness of the operator and may lead to disorientation. Flying FPV increases the risk of the drone colliding with trees, people, birds or even other aircraft. Without the situational awareness, the operator may not be able to manoeuvre the drone in time to prevent a collision.
The dos and don’ts of flying FPV
You do not need CASA approval if you only intend to operate FPV indoors for recreational purposes.
Flying FPV outdoors is only permitted with CASA approval. This applies to both recreational and commercial drone users.
If you want to fly FPV outdoors in Australia, you must:
- Apply for CASA approval to operate FPV recreationally; or
- Apply for CASA approval to operate extended visual line of sight (EVLOS) commercially; or
- Be a current member of a model aircraft association that has CASA approval for FPV operations.
Model aircraft associations approved to fly FPV
The Model Aeronautical Association of Australia (MAAA) is currently the only CASA-approved Aviation Administration Organisation that administers the operation of model aircraft for its members, including FPV flying. Visit the MAAA website for further information on FPV flying.