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Part 101 rules


Part 101 rules for uncrewed aircraft

When flying uncrewed aircraft you need to follow the Civil Aviation Part 101 rules. If you aren’t able to follow these rules, you must apply for a Part 102 certification.

There are 12 key things that are required under Part 101.  You must:

  1. not operate an aircraft that is 25kg or larger, and always ensure that it is safe to operate
  2. at all times take all practicable steps to minimise hazards to persons, property and other aircraft (i.e. don’t do anything hazardous)
  3. fly only in daylight
  4. give way to all crewed aircraft
  5. be able to see the aircraft with your own eyes (e.g. not through binoculars, a monitor, VR headset or smartphone) to ensure separation from other aircraft (or use an observer to do this in certain cases)
  6. not fly your aircraft higher than 120 metres (400 feet) above ground level (unless certain conditions are met)
  7. have knowledge of airspace restrictions that apply in the area you want to operate
  8. not fly closer than 4km from any aerodrome (unless certain conditions are met)
  9. when flying in controlled airspace, obtain an air traffic control authorisation issued by Airways (via the AirShare app)
  10. not fly in special use airspace without the permission of the controlling authority of the area (e.g. military operating areas or restricted areas)
  11. have consent from anyone you want to fly above
  12. have the consent of the property owner or person in charge of the area you are wanting to fly above.

Flying near an aerodrome

Under the Part 101 rules you must gain permission from the aerodrome operator before flying your drone within 4km of the aerodrome, or you can fly what's called a "shielded operation".