With Christmas gift-giving upon us, there’s no denying drones are a popular gadget to have some fun with. It’s easy to get excited about all the the things you can fly over and/or photograph.
TVNZ’s One News story (21 December 2017) highlights air safety concerns with the huge increase in drones in the air. “The national air traffic control body is advising caution to rookie drone pilots… as new technology is being rolled out to try and help with the issue.”
Make sure you’re up to speed with the Civil Aviation Rules Parts 101 and 102 and the flight zones around New Zealand. You will need to seek permission to fly in some areas.
If you’re flying in the Taupo district, Taupo District Council and Taupo Airport Authority have also developed a mobile app to help drone users with aircraft safety. To find out more go to http://www.taupodc.govt.nz/…/Drone-app-a-useful-tool-in-air…
The Taupo Drone app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
For more information on flying drones in the Taupo district, or for a permit, go to Taupo District Council’s Drones page.
Also a new app called Airmap (https://www.airmap.com/airmap-airways-new-zealand-utm/) is being trialled in Canterbury and Queenstown to let operators know where they can and can’t fly. It will also let them log flights and seek permission to use restricted airspace. This new app could be rolled out to the rest of the country in the next year.
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