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Keep drones away from Anzac events: CASA

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/04/2016
Anzac Day poppies © Getty Images Anzac Day poppies

Drone operators in Australia keen for footage of Anzac Day events are being warned to steer clear of Monday's celebrations.

Flight safety regulations dictate drones are not to be flown near or over groups or within a 30-metre radius of people, Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority says.

CASA is concerned of the risk drones pose to low-flying ex-military aircraft used during celebrations.

People lay poppies around the Cenotaph following the ANZAC Day dawn service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum in Auckland © Phil Walter/Getty Images People lay poppies around the Cenotaph following the ANZAC Day dawn service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum in Auckland

"In simple terms, drones must be kept well away from people and aircraft and they must not be flown in a way that causes a hazard," CASA director of aviation safety Mark Skidmore said.

CAA New Zealand says its rules for flying drones are very clear and should be complied with every day.

Local councils also have their own restrictions on the use the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems to make sure people are safe in their local communities.

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