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Drone Rules Papua New Guinea

If you own a drone, it is important that you understand the rules to keep yourself and others safe.

There are many rules and regulations for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) regulated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of PNG (CASA PNG). As a recreational user, taking precautions and following the rules helps keep our airways safe, if you intend on flying for or at work (commercially), there are further rules you must follow. You will also need to register your drone and obtain a license.

Rules for recreational drone operators

You must not fly your drone higher than 120 metres (400 feet) above ground level.

You must keep your drone at least 30 metres away from other people.

You must only fly one drone at a time.

You must keep your drone within the visual line of sight. This means always being able to see the drone with your own eyes (rather than through a device, screen or goggles).

You must not fly over or above people or in a populous area. This could include beaches, parks, events, or sports ovals where there is a game in progress.

Respect personal privacy. Don’t record or photograph people without their consent – this may breach other laws.

If your drone weighs more than 250 grams, you must fly at least 5.5 kilometres away from a controlled airport, which generally has a control tower at them. Use a drone safety app to find out where you can and can’t fly.
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Remember, you must not operate your drone in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, person or property.

You must only fly during the day and you must not fly through clouds or fog.

You must not fly your drone over or near an area affecting public safety or where emergency operations are underway. This could include situations such as a car crash, police operations, fire or firefighting efforts, or search and rescue.

If you're near a helicopter landing site or a smaller aerodrome without a control tower, you can fly your drone within 5.5 kilometres. If you become aware of manned aircraft nearby, you must manoeuvre away and land your drone as quickly and safely as possible.

If you intend to fly your drone for or at work (commercially), there are extra rules you must follow. You will also need to register your drone and get a licence or accreditation.