The use of drones by New Zealand regulations states that all operators should abide by the laws placed out by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Also, one must follow the schedules of local government to fly the drones.

Regulations for flying drones in New Zealand

  • Drones can fly only in day time.
  • Drones must give way to all manned aircraft.
  • Drones should weigh 25 kilograms (55 pounds) or less than that.
  • Pilots should Make sure that their drones are secure to function before flying.
  • Pilots should undergo all possible procedures to reduce hazards to persons, things and other aircraft at all times.
  • Drone pilots should maintain a direct visual line of sight with their drone at all times.
  • Drones should not fly higher than 120 meters (394 feet) above ground level.
  • Drone pilots should have knowledge of airspace restrictions that apply in the area where they are operating.
  • Drone should not be flown within 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) of any aerodrome.
  • To fly in controlled airspace drone pilots must obtain an air traffic control clearance issued by Airways.
  • Unless obtaining the permission of the administering authority of the area, drone pilots may not fly in special use airspaces such as military places or restricted places.
  • Drone pilots must have consent prior to flying over a given person. If you are arranging for a large event, you will require a Part 102 certificate for flying over people.
  • Applying for Part 102 is not an overnight process. It is a complex process to get permission even for a short visit.
  • Drone pilots must have the consent of a property owner or person in charge of an area before flying over it.
  • Before flying in public areas such as parks and reserves, verify with your Department of Conservation or the local council.
  • Should not fly a drone over marine areas.

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