The $9000 Bunnings Snag.
Flying a quadcopter is fun. However, it can attract disastrous consequences as well. This is an example of an Aussie man getting into trouble because of flying a quadcopter, which should open many eyes on how serious CASA is taking flying of quadcopters against it’s safety guidelines. An Australian, identified as ‘Jo’ was in the news recently for flying a to Bunnings to pick up a snag from Bunnings sausage sizzle in Sunbury, Victoria.
According to his own admission, he stated that he was hungry and did not have the inclination to leave the comforts of the spa where he was sitting at the time of the incident. He might have thought it to be a joke, the fact is that he did not realize the serious implications it could have.
The CASA rules concerning the unauthorized flying of drones as an offense liable for punishment that could involve paying a fine ranging from $450 to $9000 Australian Dollary-doos. Here is the list of rules that could reinforce the decision of CASA to penalize him.
The flying drones should be in the visual line-of-sight.
The rules prohibit any person from flying drones within thirty meters of vehicles, boats, people, or buildings.
They do not allow the flying of drones over populated places such as beaches, parks, and sports ovals, etc.
The Australian airspace authorities stipulate that you cannot fly drones higher than 120 meters above the ground.
The rules do not allow anyone to fly drones that could cause hazards to other aircraft.
It may be a hilarious stunt. However, he may cop up fines that could go up to $9000. He might have received a lot of support on social media for this publicity stunt, which may be his saving grace. People say that they would start a crowd-funding program to support him in case he has to cop the fine.