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Keeping your drone flying street legal – new CASA regulations

62815354 - drone regulations banner in wood type Got a drone? Want to fly it in Australia? Legally? It's all about the regulations. Well you can, but first up you need to make sure you abide by the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CASA) rules to ensure that you, the general public and anyone else in the sky stays safe – and those rules just changed today. There has been a huge buzz around drones over the last twelve months, they’ve gone from being expensive toys to a standard working tool for a whole host of industries from mining, oil and gas, through real estate and wedding and sports events to name but a few. This explosion in the take up of drones, both for commercial and private use has spurred CASA to update and clarify the rules around operating drones in Australia. The rules depend on whether you are flying for fun or commercial gain. Based on this CASA breaks drone flying down into three distinct categories:

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7 Tips for starting with drones

By Michael Smith 7 tips to starting wiht drones Drones. Literally, they're everywhere. Whether it’s zipping through the skies, performing aerial acrobatics indoors, or lovingly stalking you from a user-defined distance, there’s no escaping them. And thanks to a rapidly evolving technology base and consumer interest that's steadily on the rise, it looks as if drones are poised to dominate both the air and the airwaves for years to come. If you're one of the many people interested in joining the drone revolution, now's a great time to do so. With so many options available to consumers, getting your drone's pilot license has never been easier. But where to start? Drones, or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), come in a variety of shapes and sizes, many with different performance features and at varying costs. For the uninitiated, all of these options can seem a little intimidating. To help get you into the air, we've compiled a list of useful tips that will make your transition from novice pilot to experienced sky captain a less turbulent one. 

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Oh, you want a drone job as well!

So you want a drone job ...and what is wrong with that?  Well, you want a drone job ? Here is a fairly common scenario. Pilot Pete has done the training and has a shiny set of drone wings that will let him take on the skies as an RPA or drone pilot. Excellent, because his Uncle Joe will pay him to photograph the golf course he manages and a friend of a friend wants him to do some real estate photography. Life is good. Except one thing is missing. Pete is now running a business and the business of business is to remain afloat (if you don't know what trading insolvent means then keep reading), work within the rules and regulations, pay its taxes, provide the service that is advertised and keep records of all financial activities for tax, accounting and auditing purposes. Pete is also in a regulated industry so he will have a stack of things to keep on top of with regard to the local aviation regulations. If he want's real contracts and decent ongoing work, he will need these things. As you begin your RPA or drone licence pathway, have you also thought about what it takes to run your business?

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