How to get a drone display off the ground

Date published: 12 April 2022


With the recent success of drone displays in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, we are seeing an increase in the number of applications for drone light displays across Australia.

For operators applying to hold a display, we have published information to help you start the process. It outlines key considerations to address in your application such as:

  • information on where you plan to train and fly
  • identifying locations of nearby public areas and available buffers
  • road or maritime exclusion zones and closures that may be required
  • weather planning and effects
  • the proximity to airports and air traffic
  • GPS availability and signal strength
  • electronic or physical barriers to stop drones from escaping the programmed area.

Once your application is lodged, a member of our remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) team will review and assess your application. This process, along with an on-the-ground assessment, can take up to 3 months, so we suggest you engage with us early.

For detailed guidance materials on the application and assessment process, submit a request through our online drone enquiries form.

For more information, visit our Apply for flight authorisations webpage.

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