By now most of us have had an experience with a drone, whether we have seen one flying around the neighborhood or in the local park.
We may have seen them on the television gathering footage or surveilling the bad guys in movies or on television.
Owning a drone is like a dog catching its tail.
The question will be asked, “Now I’ve got it, what do I do with it?”
If you have purchased a drone and it is under two kilograms there are rules and regulations in relation to where, when and how high the drown is flown.
Most people purchase a drone for sport and recreation and in this case, are exempt from certain requirements re licences and certificates.
CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) provides that the RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft) must NOT be operated:
Any closer than 30m from people (not associated with the flight).
Within 5.5km – three nautical miles of a controlled aerodrome.
Over a populous area.
Within 5.5Km of the movement area of a controlled aerodrome.
In a prohibited area.
In a restricted area.
Over an area where a fire, police or other public safety or emergency operation is being conducted without the approval of a person in charge of the operation.
Only one RPA flown per pilot at any one time.
Remember, if you do not follow the rules you may be reported to CASA and end up with a fairly substantial fine so do your research on the google net before you make a purchase.
Lost property - Picture this. You lose your wallet somewhere and can’t recall where it was, so you wait a couple of days for it to turn up.
After a couple of days, you contact your bank and find out that several unauthorised pay wave transactions have been made by using your lost credit card.
This is now a troublesome situation that is about to become worse.
Not only do you have to contact the bank and cancel the cards, you have to organise to replace all your cards and licences.
You chastise yourself for losing the wallet in the first place and again for not contacting the bank sooner to organise a solution.
These days you have the ability to lock you cards until you find them.
The message is clear. Know where your wallet and cards are at all times and if you lose or misplace your wallet at any time take steps to counter the ability for a crook to use your cards to fraudulently obtain property or cash.
As always, in case of an emergency call 000. In non-emergencies call the Policelink on 131 444 or your local police station. To provide anonymous information call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000. For domestic and family violence information, visit www.police.nsw.gov.au. For Shoalhaven Domestic Violence officers call 4421 9666 or 4421 9665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget, cops are tops.