Proposed regulation changes, safety considerations, and the unique rules around flying drones near airports means there’s a bit more to flying a drone than you might expect. Fortunately, we’ve put together a guide below on the basic rules around drone operating, especially near Newcastle Airport.
Where can I fly my drone around Newcastle Airport?
You cannot fly drones (also known as RPAs) within 5.5km of the movement area of Newcastle Airport. You must also be careful not to fly in any other no-fly zones surrounding the Airport. There are some exceptions depending on license and drone types.
For a full list of drone exceptions and no-fly zones around Australia, visit the Drone Safety webpage. You can also access important drone information on-the-go with the free ‘Can I fly there?’ smartphone app which shows where you can and cannot fly.
Drone operation safety rules and regulations
Additionally, there are rules and safety recommendations around flying near buildings, people, and aircraft. These are:
- Only fly drones during the day and within your line of sight
- Do not fly drones higher than 120 metres above the ground
- Keep drones at least 30 metres away from other people and do not fly directly above any persons
- Do not fly drones over or near emergency situations e.g. car crash, bushfire, police operations, etc.
- Only fly one drone at a time
- Do not fly drones in a way that could create a hazard for aircraft, vehicles, property, or people
- Respect privacy and do not record footage without approval
Penalties for breaking drone safety rules can reach up to $10,500.
There may be additional rules and regulations depending on your type of drone, where you are flying, and whether you are operating it for recreational or commercial reasons. You can read more about specific regulations and license requirements here.