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Flying in the Perth Hills National Parks
You can fly your drone in the Perth Hills which includes three
amazingly beautiful National Parks.
The new CASA app OpenSky has opened up so much of the hills to
Stay within the CASA (similar to the US, FAA) rules. Go to the
CASA drone rules page
here. You can also report unsafe flying
here, as well as to the Park Ranges, details below.
Let’s keep a low profile, keep well away from people enjoying the
parks. The last thing we need is people complaining about drone
fliers. If you stick to the golden hours of sunrise and sunset
there are very few people around during the week. Let’s be a help
not a hindrance. You can fly in these hours and there is
absolutely very few, if no, people around.
From Andy Hutchinson website.
Western Australia Leading the Way on Drone Use in National Parks in Australia
In Western Australia, Park authorities are leading the way in common-sense rules regarding the use of drones in the skies above those lands, as per their recently announced policy. Here’s part of the official announcement:
Given that RPA use is managed under other legislation which applies anywhere in Australia, it is not considered necessary to duplicate regulation of this activity by amending the CALM Regulations to include RPA. Furthermore, if RPA use creates a nuisance or annoyance to other visitors, regulations 72 or 73 of the CALM Regulations may be invoked. These regulations allow an authorised officer to direct a person to stop an activity where it is causing disturbance or annoyance to other persons or is considered dangerous, and prohibit a person from acting in a way that is likely to cause nuisance or annoyance to other persons on the land. There are also provisions under the Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2018 to create separation distances between RPA and prescribed fauna. In consideration of the above, DBCA has determined to cease administering the requirement for people to apply for and be granted lawful authority to use RPA for recreational purposes on CALM Act land. The change of policy in relation to recreational use of RPA will be positively received by RPA users and tourists. It is considered unlikely that the change will create a concern for the general public. The management of recreational RPA will be reconsidered if the lack of regulatory ability under the CALM Regulations is creating issues for safety, management or the conservation of park values.