Drone Course

Operational Limitations

• A permission or exemption for UA conducting aerial work or equipped to undertake any form of surveillance or data acquisition will normally include a number of operational limitations.

• For SUAs, these limitations will normally include a prohibition on flight:

⁃ at a height exceeding 400 feet above ground level;

⁃ at a distance beyond the visual range of the Remote Pilot, or a maximum range of 500 metres;

⁃ over, or within 150 metres of, any congested area of a city, town or settlement;

⁃ within 50 metres of any person, vessel, vehicle or structure not under the control of the person in charge except that during the take-off or landing the SUA must not fly within 30 metres of any person other than the person in charge of the SUA or a person in charge of any other SUA or a person necessarily present in connection with the operation of such a UA;

⁃ Unless it is equipped with a mechanism that will cause the SUA to land in the event of disruption to or a failure of any of its control systems, including the radio link, and the person in charge of the SUA has satisfied himself that such mechanism is in working order before the UA commences its flight;

⁃ Unless the person in charge of the SUA has reasonably satisfied himself that any load carried by the UA is properly secured, that the SUA is in an airworthy condition and that the flight can safety be made taking into account the wind and other significant weather conditions;

⁃ unless the operator maintains records of each flight made pursuant to the permission and makes such records available to the CAA on request;

⁃ unless a site safety assessment has been completed by the operator and these site safety assessments are made available to the CAA on request;

⁃ unless in accordance with the operations manual submitted to the CAA.

⁃ SUAs with a mass of more than 7 kg may be subject to additional operational limitations to those stated above, in accordance with ANO 2009 these operational limitations will normally include a prohibition on flight:

⁃ in Class A,B,C or E airspace unless the permission of the appropriate ATC unit has been obtained;

⁃ within an aerodrome traffic zone during the notifield hours of watch of the ATC unit (it any) at that aerodrome unless the permission of any such ATC unit has been obtained; or

⁃ at a height exceeding 400 ft above the surface unless it is flying in airspace described in sub-paragraphs (a) or (b) and in accordance with the requirements thereof.

• The CAA may also impose additional limitations as it thinks fir; such limitations will normally include a prohibition on:

⁃ flights that have not been notifield to the local Police prior to the flights taking place;

⁃ flights where the maximum achievable steady speed in level flight is greater than 70 knots;

⁃ tasks that involve aerial inspection of, or flight close to, any object or installation that would present a risk to safety in the event of damage due to any impact by the UA (e.g. chemical/gas storage areas);

⁃ participation in any public flying display (except with the written permission of the CAA).

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