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Drone in flight: There has been a string of near misses between drones and other aircraft. ABC News: Norman Hermant

Did you get a drone for Christmas? Know the law before you take to the skies

Whether a beginner, a serious aviation enthusiast, or just a fan of gadgets, many of you will have received drones as Christmas gifts.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have surged in popularity and affordability in recent years, and there’s no doubt that recreational drone use is on the rise as a result.

But not all recreational drone users know the law — or if they do, they don’t appear to be following it.

There has been a string of near misses between drones and other aircraft, and other cases of irresponsible use.

Only last month, a recreational drone user was investigated by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) after evidently flying a drone over a crowded Bunnings carpark to pick up a sausage at a sausage sizzle.

In the run-up to Christmas, United Nations aviation officials this month warned anyone getting a drone to make sure they learn how to operate it safely.

So, if Santa has brought you one, here’s what you need to know.

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In Australia, if you want to fly your drone for fun, you don’t need CASA’s approval — as long as you follow the authority’s simple safety rules. Continue reading about the drone laws.

(Article Source: Rebecca Johnston via ABC.Net)

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