Drone Regulations

It is essential that we understand and adhere to all regulations related to the flight of our drones. This section helps our clients understand the rules within which we’re mandated to operate within.

Under no circumstances may our drone pilots operate outside of these rules and this might impact our ability to deliver the specific footage you require.

This will be established during the site recon session and of course there is no charge for that initial work.

CAAPart 101 and 102Additional Tips
The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAA):

  • is the regulatory agency that oversees aviation safety by defining and enforcing rules which must be adhered to by all aircraft flying in New Zealand airspace.
  • The CAA has defined rules which relate specifically to the types of equipment that we fly and as such we are governed by those rules.
  • The two sections (parts) which relate to our work are :
  • Part 101 (Operating Rules) for Gyrogliders and Parasails, Unmanned Aircraft (including Balloons), Kites and Rockets.
  • Part 102 (Certification) for Unmanned Aircraft Operation.
  • Further, Part 91 relates to General Operating and Flight Rules.
  • The remainder of information on this page summarises the key points of those rules.
CAA rules Part 101 (summarised)

  • always ensure that it is safe to operate.
    fly only in daylight.
  • give way to all crewed aircraft.
    be able to see the aircraft with your own eyes.
  • maximum flying altitude is 120 metres (400 feet) above ground level.
  • have knowledge of airspace restrictions that apply in the area you want to operate.
  • not fly closer than four kilometres from any aerodrome.
  • when flying in controlled airspace, obtain an air traffic control clearance.
  • not fly in special use airspace (e.g. military).
  • have consent from anyone you want to fly above.
  • have the consent of the person in charge of the area you are wanting to fly above.
More tips we must be aware of :

  • If our operation is "shielded" we do not require authorisation.
    shielded means within 100m of and below the height of the highest building, tree, hill etc.  Also outside of an aerodrome boundary.
  • Before we fly, we must check for all relevant airspace restrictions.
  • Know our responsibilities as pilot-in-command of an aircraft.
    Abort procedures must be in place in the event of a systems failure – know how UAV will behave if a failure occurs.
  • If we cannot see it – it is not safe to fly.  The drone must always remain within unaided visual line-of-sight of our operator.
  • We must use the right radio frequencies.
  • The full detail of CAA rules and guidelines appear in our Pilots Handbook.