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Flying over your own land - excluded RPA
If you’re flying a drone commercially on your own land, and not receiving money for that work, you might not need to be licensed and certified.
The rules are based on the weight of your drone.
|Commercial use of a drone between 100g and 2kg||No||No|
|Use of a drone between 2 and 25kg by a private landowner||No||No|
|Use of a drone between 25 and 150kg by a private landowner||Yes||No|
- Step 1: Apply for an aviation reference number
- Apply for an aviation reference number (ARN). This is similar to an account or customer number and will need to be quoted whenever you communicate with us. Find out more about ARNs and identification requirements.
- Step 2: Tell us before you fly
Let us know when you intend flying by using our online notification form. You'll need to quote your ARN and can select multiple locations and categories on the one form.
This notification is valid for 24 months, so you will need to re-notify us every two years. If you get a new drone, change your drone, or want to operate from a different place, you will need to submit a new notification form.
- Step 3: Fly within the standard operating conditions
- You must not fly higher than 120 metres (400 ft) above the ground, in all locations (etc.)
- You must not fly your RPA/drone over or near an area affecting public safety or where emergency operations are underway (without prior approval). This could include situations such as a car crash, police operations, a fire and associated firefighting efforts, and search and rescue operations.
- You must not fly your RPA/drone within 30 metres of people, unless the other person is part of controlling or navigating the drone.
- You must only fly one RPA/drone at a time.
- You must keep your RPA/drone at least 5.5km away from controlled aerodromes (usually those with a control tower)
- You may fly within 5.5km of a non-controlled aerodrome or helicopter landing site (HLS) only if manned aircraft are not operating to or from the aerodrome. If you become aware of manned aircraft operating to or from the aerodrome/ HLS, you must manoeuvre away from the aircraft and land as soon as safely possible. This includes:
- not operating your RPA/drone within the airfield boundary
- not operating your RPA/drone in the approach and departure paths of the aerodrome
- You must only fly during the day and keep your RPA/drone within visual line-of sight.
- This means being able to orientate, navigate and see the aircraft with your own eyes (rather than through a device at all times). Example: goggles or video screen.
- You must not fly your RPA over the top of people. Examples include festivals, sporting ovals, populated beaches, parks, busy roads and footpaths.
- You must not operate an RPA/drone in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, another person, or property
- You must not operate your RPA/drone in prohibited or restricted areas.
Please respect personal privacy. Don’t record or photograph people without their consent—this may breach state laws.
*Please note: If you want to operate outside these conditions (for example, fly closer than 30 metres to people), you will need to hold a remote operator’s certificate (ReOC).
The above operating conditions are a broad reflection of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 101 and do not include all the regulations you must follow. You must abide by all the regulations detailed in Part 101. If you don’t you could face enforcement action, including large fines and possible jail time.
- Step 4: Download our app
We encourage you to download our ‘Can I fly there’ drone app. This will show you the crucial drone no-fly areas and drone fly with caution zones. You will also see restricted and military airspace where drones must not be flown.
Other useful information
- ‘Can I fly there’ drone app
- Gaining your remote pilot licence (RePL)
- Remotely piloted aircraft system resources and links
- Flying over your own land brochure
Still have questions? Call us on 131 757 or contact us via our online enquiry form.