It has been brought to the attention of Edens Landing Police Beat that there has been a recent number of incidents involving a Drone flying low and entering the rear of properties in and around Castile Crescent, Edens Landing. Police would like to bring to the attention of residents/occupiers and the operators of the said Drone the following.
What is a Drone? An unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. UAVs are a component of an unmanned aircraft system; which include a UAV, a ground-based controller, and a system of communications between the two.
The Drone in question is described as White, with green and red lights attached. Furthermore there is a camera hanging from a gimbal underneath the Drone.
Australia’s safety laws for drones, as defined in the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, vary whether you are flying commercially or recreationally for fun.
You should only fly in visual line-of-sight, in day visual meteorological conditions (VMC). What does that mean? No night flying (generally). No flying in or through cloud or fog. Be able to see the aircraft with your own eyes (rather than through first-person-view [FPV, binoculars, telescopes]) at all times, (unless you operate under the procedures of an approved model flying association.
You must not fly closer than 30 metres to vehicles, boats, buildings or people. You must not fly over populous areas such as beaches, heavily populated parks, or sports ovals while they are in use. In controlled airspace, which covers most Australian cities, you must not fly higher than 120 metres (400 feet) above the ground. You must not fly in a way that creates a hazard to other aircraft, so you should keep at least 5.5 km away from airfields, aerodromes and helicopter landing sites.
You must not fly your Drone in or over prohibited / restricted area, unless you have the permission of the authority controlling the area. In restricted airspace, aircraft movements are reduced to those with certain specified permissions. Examples of restricted airspace include airspace around military installations or military controlled aerodromes, over Sydney Harbour, high-density flying operations or at an air show or other large public event. Restricted airspace may also be imposed by police for safety or security reasons near bushfires or major crime scenes. It is illegal to fly your Drone in these areas without permission.
If you have information in relation to this matter and believe that you can assist Police please do not hesitate in contacting Edens Landing Police Beat by attending in person, contacting us by phone on 3884 2050 or alternatively via email EdensLanding.Beat@police.qld.gov.au
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