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Townsville super cars drone warning
Date of publication:
4 July 2017
A warning has been issued to keep drones well away from the action at this weekend's Townsville super car race.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority says drones must not be flown anywhere near the Reid Park circuit.
Drones must also be kept away from the large crowds of people who will be attending the Watpac Townsville 400 event.
CASA's Peter Gibson says drones pose a risk to the safety of people, cars and helicopters.
"Drones must never be flown near crowds or groups of people as there is a real risk of injury if something goes wrong," Mr Gibson says.
"Drones must not be flown near the race circuit because they could pose a risk to cars and the drivers.
"Drones must also be kept well away from Reid Park and surrounding areas as there will be low flying helicopters providing television coverage.
"Townsville residents and visitors with drones must understand drones and super car racing don't mix.
"There are safety regulations covering the flying of drones and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority can issue large fines for breaches of the rules.
"If we get evidence of unsafe drone flying we do investigate and take appropriate action."