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How CASA's New Drone Laws Will Impact the Industry
One of the biggest complications with Australia's drone laws is that not everyone who owns and operates a drone is aware of the laws, and it seems that it's also the case that many simply don't care. The difficulty of prosecution is not something to be relied upon, however. It is far safer for drone users to comply with the laws because if they don't, it's very likely to swing the tide of public opinion enough that politicians will be encouraged to toughen up legislation and slow down the development of drone uptake and technology in Australia. Already new rules have been brought into play because there have been so many blatant violations of safety regulations and personal privacy. One of the ways CASA has attempted to make it easier for drone operators to comply with the law is via the publication of its Can I Fly There database system, which is available as an app for iPhone and Android and can also be accessed from a website. Knowing about this will make it far easier for drone operators to at least know if operating in a certain area will result in a violation. Registration will be compulsory for commercial operators This will be one of the most difficult laws to enforce, since it may not be easy to identify who the operator of an unregistered drone is, nor will it be easy to identify whether a drone is registered or not. However, unregistered drones flying in ‘no-fly’ areas will be confiscated. Registration will be compulsory for drones over 250g In practical terms, it might just as well be said
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