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    Australian law pt. 2

    Ok, I found another thread asking about Australian law, but I just want to clear somethingup that wasn't addressed in that thread. What exactly is legal here in Australia?

    https://www.casa.gov.au/modelaircraft

    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. Contact the MAAA for more information about flying FPV).


    "Be able to see the aircraft with your own eyes (rather than through first-person-view [FPV, binoculars, telescopes])"
    What do they mean by this? Do they mean I can't do FPV at all? Or I can only do it close by (if I took off my goggles I could see it)?

    All I want to really know is, am I allowed to get my glider and fly it in FPV, whether it be in close proximity or not.

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    The key is that "unless you operate under the procedures of an approved model flying association", FPV is technically illegal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xjet View Post
    The key is that "unless you operate under the procedures of an approved model flying association", FPV is technically illegal.
    So does that mean I have to be part of a club? Because that seems a lot like blackmail to force me into joining a club

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    I don't think you have to join... just follow their stated procedures (which involves the use of a spotter/observer).

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    Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998

    101.073 Operation must generally be within visual line of sight
    Unmanned aircraft must be operated within visual line of sight
    (1) A person commits an offence of strict liability if:
    (a) the person operates an unmanned aircraft; and
    (b) the aircraft is not operated within the person’s visual line of sight.
    Penalty: 50 penalty units.
    Exception—CASA approval
    (2) Subregulation (1) does not apply if:
    (a) the person holds an approval under regulation 101.029 to operate the unmanned aircraft beyond the person’s visual line of sight; and
    (b) the conditions (if any) imposed on the approval are complied with.
    Note: A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subregulation (2): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.
    Meaning of operated within visual line of sight
    (3) An unmanned aircraft is being operated within the visual line of sight of the person operating the aircraft if the person can continually see, orient and navigate the aircraft to meet the person’s separation and collision avoidance responsibilities, with or without corrective lenses, but without the use of binoculars, a telescope or other similar device.
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    Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998

    101.073 Operation must generally be within visual line of sight
    Unmanned aircraft must be operated within visual line of sight
    (1) A person commits an offence of strict liability if:
    (a) the person operates an unmanned aircraft; and
    (b) the aircraft is not operated within the person’s visual line of sight.
    Penalty: 50 penalty units.
    Exception—CASA approval
    (2) Subregulation (1) does not apply if:
    (a) the person holds an approval under regulation 101.029 to operate the unmanned aircraft beyond the person’s visual line of sight; and
    (b) the conditions (if any) imposed on the approval are complied with.
    Note: A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subregulation (2): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.
    Meaning of operated within visual line of sight
    (3) An unmanned aircraft is being operated within the visual line of sight of the person operating the aircraft if the person can continually see, orient and navigate the aircraft to meet the person’s separation and collision avoidance responsibilities, with or without corrective lenses, but without the use of binoculars, a telescope or other similar device.
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    Thanks!

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