Here's a view of the Dunedin Railway Station that you don't
see every day, courtesy of Aaron McGrouther and his
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When Melbourne artist Shane McGrath flew his yellow balloon
from the Cross Wharf in April last year to demonstrate the
height (96.3 metres) of the proposed Betterways hotel, he was
required to obtain Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) clearance
prior to the planned flight.
CAA is currently developing policy for the regulation of
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) which include
aeroplanes and multi-rotor ‘helicopters’ available from toy
and electronic stores.
'Drones' or RPAS present a number of safety risks. Policy
considerations include pilot licensing, use of airspace, and
backups for systems failure.
Proposed interim RPAS regulatory changes will be presented to
Cabinet shortly for approval; to be followed by consultation
on detailed rule amendments.
In the meantime, RPAS operators are encouraged to continue
to engage with the CAA about their operation and receive
guidance about the relevant Civil Aviation Rules.
Handy for police work. I gather patrol drones were tried in
if it hit a car, there'd be a clunk.. these things are not
very big or heavy. Sure, one to the head might hurt,
but it's not going to kill anyone. The operator would be more
worried about losing it.
Thank you for putting it on, as it was good to see the
station from a different perspective
and how lovely the area is.
What is the setup you have?
Must have one.
Yes, God forbid we have small things flying around our
city... but seriously do some reasearch on the technology
that controlls quadcopters, you'll be suprised. You should be
more worried about general motor traffic hitting you... or
even bird strike!
Looks like fun until somebody gets hurt. Fancy being buzzed
by a drone on the way to work? A brief wind gust, clips the
flagpole, damages a rotor and bang, lands on someone's car on
Thomas Burns St. Fun times.
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