5 Sep 2022

CAA oversimplifying drone rules - aviation experts

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 5 September 2022

An aviation expert says the Civil Aviation Authority has been oversimplifying the rules around drone safely in its advertising - and it's fuelling a public backlash against drone operators. 

Dr Isaac Henderson is a lecturer at Massey University's aviation school and chair of UAVNZ, and is concerned at recent CAA advertising which states there are "no-fly zones" for drones. 

flying drone with camera on the sky

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He says such terminology is misleading, and that when certain requirements are met, drones can be operated, but he says such blanket messaging ends up with the public reporting legitimate drone operators to police - and in some cases leading to threats against them.

Kathryn also speaks to Colin Aitchison, operations manager for GCH UAV, a company offering aerial photography and asset inspection using drones. He says threats toward commercial operators like himself have become extremely common.

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