The ‘Know Your Drone’ campaign challenges recreational drone flyers on their knowledge of relevant safety rules, and quizzes them on this knowledge.
Information is aimed to support a wide range of drone flyers including different age groups, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds such as Arabic, Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese.
The campaign will run until mid-June 2020. It will appear online and across social media channels, as well as catch up TV, podcasts and streaming services.
CASA chief executive and director of aviation safety Shane Carmody said the aim of the new drone safety campaign is to motivate and educate drone flyers to stay safe.
“We know most people who fly drones want to do the right thing and we need to make sure they are aware of the safety rules and know what is required to stay safe when flying,” Carmody said.
“Drones are great fun and a perfect way to bring more people into active aviation, but they must not create unnecessary risks to people, aircraft or property.”
Everyone who flies a drone must always follow the safety rules outlined in the ‘Know Your Drone’ campaign. While these include keeping common-sense protocols such as staying well clear of aircraft and airports, CASA is hoping to increase awareness of lesser-known laws such as:
- Keeping the drone at least 30 metres away from people at all times;
- Not exceeding an altitude of 120 metres above the ground;
- Not flying drones at night or in inclement weather; and
- Not flying multiple drones at the same time.
With penalties of up to $10,500 for breaking Australian drone laws, recreational drone users would do well to pay attention to the CASA campaign.