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New phone App to keep drone users in the safe zones

Date of Publication: 
Wednesday 24th May

Darren Chester, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

  • New safety App launched to inform drone users of safety regulations and identify no-fly zones.
  • The Australian government's highest priority is safety.

Today Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester welcomed the launch of a new safety App for the use of drones.

Mr Chester said aviation safety was the Government’s highest priority, not only for the travelling public but also for those on the ground.

"Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) new mobile App "Can I fly there" displays information about the safety regulations to help drone operators fly safely and responsibly," Mr Chester said.

"The app shows no-fly zones and fly with caution zones for drones operated in the under two kilogram commercial category.

"This information can also be used as guide for recreational flyers, identifying no-fly zones around major airports, the flight paths of smaller airports, helicopter landing areas, and restricted and military airspace.

"The Government is committed to fostering an environment that ensures the operation of drones are conducted safely, whilst also facilitating growth and innovation in the use of this exciting technology in Australia.

"Drones have the potential to improve productivity, reduce costs, and improve workplace safety, but must be operated safely.

"Drones are being engaged in industries such as agriculture, mining, infrastructure assessment, search and rescue, fire and policing operations, aerial mapping and scientific research.

"There is a lot of work being progressed globally on drone safety and security issues, and we are not alone in facing this emerging challenge," Mr Chester said.

"Australia was one of the first countries to regulate drone operations.

"Strict operating rules have been in place for a number of years and, contrary to recent reports, the amendments made last year maintained these safety rules," Mr Chester said.