Drone Safety

For your next project with OnVideo Media, filming with a drone may be involved, which is always very exciting!

However there are rules and regulations around drone usage in New Zealand that we need to adhere to before we can get started. Please watch the video above for a quick overview and for more information visit the Airshare website.

Some things to keep in mind before booking a project involving our drones are:

  • Use of drones is very weather dependent, we have to keep our equipment safe from the elements. If the weather is poor on the day your film shoot is scheduled, we may need to either reschedule or cancel the planned drone shots.
  • Please be aware that it can take up to five working days for a request to fly our drone to be approved by local civil aviation authorities. Filming with drones always has to be planned in advance.
  • We can only fly/film with drones on your property. Unfortunately we are not permitted to fly or film roads, public or private property without express permission.

New Zealand Civil Aviation Rules Top Tips

There are 12 key things that are required under Part 101 - you must:

  1. not operate an aircraft that is 25 kg or larger and always ensure that it is safe to operate
  2. at all times take all practicable steps to minimize hazards to persons, property and other aircraft (ie, don’t do anything hazardous)
  3. fly only in daylight
  4. give way to all crewed aircraft
  5. be able to see the aircraft with your own eyes (eg, not through binoculars, a monitor, or smartphone) to ensure separation from other aircraft (or use an observer to do this in certain cases)
  6. not fly your aircraft higher than 120 metres (400 feet) above ground level (unless certain conditions are met)
  7. have knowledge of airspace restrictions that apply in the area you want to operate
  8. not fly closer than four kilometres from any aerodrome (unless certain conditions are met)
  9. when flying in controlled airspace, obtain an air traffic control clearance issued by Airways (via airshare My Flights)
  10. not fly in special use airspace without the permission of the controlling authority of the area (e.g. military operating areas or restricted areas)
  11. have consent from anyone you want to fly above
  12. have the consent of the property owner or person in charge of the area you are wanting to fly above.

More Advice

Make sure you have read and understood the relevant Civil Aviation Rules, especially Part 101 operating rules:

  1. If your operation is shielded (within 100m of a structure and below the height of the structure) and is also outside of an aerodrome boundary with a physical barrier between you and the aerodrome (capable of arresting flight) you can operate with no authorisation from Air Traffic Control or the aerodrome operator
  2. Know how to read a Visual Navigation Chart (VNC). These can be purchased online. Your local Aero club, certified training instructor, or a friend who is a qualified pilot will be able to advise on how to read a VNC
  3. Before you fly, check for all relevant airspace restrictions, e.g. controlled airspace, low flying zones, danger areas, restricted areas, and military operational areas
  4. Know your responsibilities as pilot-in-command of an aircraft
  5. Abort procedures must be in place in the event of a systems failure – know how your UAV will behave if a failure occurs
  6. If you cannot see it – it is not safe to fly. Always remain within unaided visual line-of-sight of your aircraft, unless approved otherwise by the CAA