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Recreational unmanned aircraft (including models and drones)
Flying unmanned aircraft recreationally can be a fun and cheap way to take to the skies providing you follow some simple safety rules.
There are many different types of recreational unmanned aircraft. These range from remotely controlled model airplanes and helicopters to drones to other less common unmanned aircraft such as rockets, free balloons and kites.
For more information on the rules for flying model aircraft and drones.
Rules for releasing unmanned free balloons
If you are thinking about releasing an unmanned free balloon then you should read the relevant regulations. Subparts 101.A, B, C and E.
- You must not release/operate an unmanned free balloon in way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, another person or property.
- You must not release an unmanned free balloon in or over a prohibited or restricted area, without permission of the controlling authority.
- You must not permit an unmanned free balloon to enter controlled airspace, without an area approval under CASR 101.030.
- You should not operate an unmanned free balloon within 5.5 km of an aerodrome.
- You must provide CASA certain information before releasing an unmanned free balloon.
Rules for launching rockets
If you are planning on launching a rocket (Including high power or model rockets) then you should read the relevant regulations. Subparts 101. A, B, C and H.
- You must not launch a rocket in a way that creates a hazard to an aircraft, another person or property.
- You must not launch a rocket in or over a prohibited or restricted area, without permission of the controlling authority.
- You must not launch a rocket to higher than 120 metres (400ft) in controlled airspace, without an area approval under CASR 101.030.
- You must not a launch a high power rocket, without an area approval under CASR 101.030.
- You should not launch a rocket within 9.3km of an aerodrome, however your requirements may vary depending on the rocket type, refer to Subparts 101. A, B, C and H.
If you require further information regarding unmanned free balloon release or rocket launches please contact the sport aviation team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 131 757.