Remotely Piloted Aircraft Standard Operating Conditions - Australian Government


You may need to comply with these conditions if you intend to operate a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) for commercial or recreational purposes.

When operating RPA you must:

  • only fly during the day and keep your RPA within visual line-of-sight (with your own eyes and not through first-person-view)
  • only fly one RPA at a time
  • keep your RPA at least 30 metres away from vehicles, boats, buildings or people
  • keep your RPA at least 5.5 kilometres away from controlled aerodromes
  • not operate your RPA in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, person or property
  • not fly your RPA higher than 120 metres (i.e. 400 feet) above ground level
  • not fly your RPA over any populous areas such as beaches, parks and sporting ovals
  • not fly your RPA over or near an area affecting public safety or where emergency operations are underway (without prior approval).

You will need to be issued a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operator's Certificate if you intend to operate outside the above conditions.

Service type

Code of Practice

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Other resources

Act(s) name

Civil Aviation Act 1988 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 Australian Government

Administering agency

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

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