Frequently Asked Questions Advanced Search Advanced Search Close Panel All of these words This exact phrase Any of these words Without these words Search within: CAASWhole of Government Expand All Collapse All Top 5 Most Popular FAQsFlying of Unmanned Aircraft1. Do I need a permit to operate small unmanned aircraft outdoors for recreational/research purposes? The use of a small unmanned aircraft (i.e. total mass of not more than 7kg) for recreation or research purposes will not require an Operator Permit and Class 1 Activity Permit, if the unmanned aircraft is operated:- At an altitude not exceeding 200 ft (approx. 60 m) above mean sea level (AMSL); and- Beyond 5 km of a civilian aerodrome/military airbase; and- Outside any Restricted Area, Danger Area or Protected AreaHowever, a Class 2 Activity Permit will be required if the unmanned aircraft is operated outdoors under any of the following conditions:- Operating altitude higher than 200 ft AMSL; or- Within 5 km of a civilian aerodrome / military airbase; or- Within any Restricted Area, Danger Area or Protected Area 2. What is considered as "for recreational purposes"? Recreational purpose refers to any pursuit or activity engaged in for enjoyment, relaxation or leisure, but not: a sporting activity that forms part of an organised group activity or organised competition or tournament (such as a flying display); a recreational activity provided by a business, or in the course of business. 3. Where can I fly my unmanned aircraft? You may click here to find out whether your planned activity location falls within 5km of a civil aerodrome / military airbase, or if in protected, prohibited, restricted or danger locations. 4. What are the penalties for offences involving unmanned aircraft? The penalty for all unmanned aircraft offences is a fine not exceeding $20,000 for the first offence, and a fine not exceeding $40,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 months or to both for the second or subsequent conviction. 5. Is there an age limit for applying of permits? There is no age limit for permit holders. However, permit holders are expected to be familiar with the regulations, and be capable of ensuring the safe and responsible operations of their unmanned aircraft. If you are unable to find an answer to your query, please submit your Feedback to let us know how we can help you.