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. 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. 3. What is considered as "for recreational purposes"? “Recreational purposes” 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. 4. What is an Operator Permit? An Operator Permit is granted by CAAS to an organisation or individual if the applicant is able to conduct operation of unmanned aircraft safely. CAAS' assessment will include, but not limited to, the applicant's organisational set-up, procedures to manage safety including the conduct of safety risk assessments, airworthiness of each unmanned aircraft, and competency of the personnel involved in the flying of the unmanned aircraft. The Operator Permit lists the approved unmanned aircraft type(s), type(s) of operations and remote pilot(s). The Operator Permit is valid for up to one year. 5. 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. If you are unable to find an answer to your query, please submit your Feedback to let us know how we can help you.