CASA ignores cowboy behaviour, says peak drone body

Association of Australian Certified UAV Operators’ Brad Mason has compiled a dossier of incident reports. Picture: Glenn Hunt

The nation’s peak industry group for certified drone operators has accused the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of failing to enforce penalties on “cowboy” drone ­pilots who flout regulations and put aircraft and people’s safety at risk.

Association of Australian Certified UAV Operators (ACUO) secretary-treasurer Brad Mason has compiled a dossier of more than 65 incident reports tracking infringements by unlicensed drone operators.

The infringements include users flying too close to airports, flying over city and suburban environments, frequently at night, and flying over large populations.

The infringements list witnesses’ names and phone numbers and include photo and video evidence of drone pilots breaching regulations.

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