How to Safely Fly Your Drone
If you are operating a drone, you are a pilot and therefore have a shared responsibility for the safety and security of everyone.
There are basic rules you must follow to ensure you are flying your aircraft safely:
Fly the aircraft so it isn't a hazard to other aircraft, property and people.
Fly it only in daylight.
Can see the aircraft with your own eyes (eg, not through binoculars, a monitor,
or smartphone) or have a second person with you as an observer.
Fly your aircraft no higher than 120 m (400 feet) above ground level.
Avoid flying over people that you do not have consent from.
Get consent from the owner of the land you are flying over.
Know about airspace, especially restrictions applying in the area you want to fly.
Fly no closer than 4 km from any uncontrolled aerodrome.
Fly your aircraft clear of controlled airspace. Controlled airspace normally extends
well beyond 4 km from a controlled aerodrome, and to the ground.
Give way to all manned aircraft.
Get permission from the administering authority (such as the army) to fly in
special use airspace (such as a military operating area).
Fly an aircraft that is no heavier than 25 kg.
This list does not cover all the rules, for more information see our main drone page, Unmanned Aircraft - Drones - this has direct links to the rules, Advisory Circulars, and forms.
Download our Fly the right way brochure (PDF 965 KB)
Why it is important to follow aviation rules?
Unsafe flying can place people and property in danger from potential loss of control. If they crash, there is a high risk of fire from the batteries.
Drones in close proximity to airports can significantly affect air travel, with flights suspended until the drone is no longer a danger to aircraft.
Planning your flights
For help with planning your flights, visit www.airshare.co.nz.
For further assistance about aviation rules
For assistance with understanding the rules, please email email@example.com.