New regulation that all drones must be registered to CASA is coming in, personally I think it is a good thing, though it won’t stop the stupid actions of those that won’t register or care about how their actions cause trouble for legit drone flyers.
I think what CASA should look into implementing is something that they have done in the USA, create a online flight registration system where you can register your flight with time, height, length of flight etc., plus they have certain height restriction near airports and distance based height allowances.
A example would be if you lived within say 5.0 to 5.5 km radius of a airport and lived on property and you wanted to survey your property and the maximum height you would fly your drone is approx 30-35 mts, you could register your flight plan online, wait for approval (USA is approx 30 seconds or so) if approved you could fly your drone accordingly to that flight plan. As with the above scenario say I have a high population of trees on said property and only slash it say every 3 months and know that some trees have branches that are ready to fall and prior to slashing I want to check if they have fallen and are just hanging there ready to drop, I could lodge a flight plan where my flight is under the tree tops and want to check from a safe distance, I could use the drone to check the said trees and see if safe to slash under those particular trees.
Sad thing about it all is that due to the ones that don’t worry about the basic rules and regulations related to flying drone, the many that follow all safety rules pay the price. Adding a few poll questions below?