What does this cover?
These new Rules require users to secure permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (the CAA) before using drones both in public spaces and over private property in New Zealand.
Rule Part 101 of the Civil Aviation Act stipulates that a UAV cannot fly above an altitude of 120 metres, within 4km of an aerodrome without permission, or take-off outside daylight hours and not. Operators have to contact the landowner, an individual or a local authority if the drone was flying over a public park. If permission was denied they could apply for an operating certificate from the CAA under the new Rule Part 102. They can also use 102, the CAA's latest interim measure governing drones, to operate outside the existing regulations in a move to offer a greater degree of flexibility.
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What action could be taken to manage risks that may arise from this development?
Generally, New Zealand liability policies exclude aircraft use. These new rules now formally categorise drones as aircraft. Companies utilising and/or offering drone associated services should take these Rules into account for drone use in New Zealand.
DAC Beachcroft LLP – Mark Anderson