Drone-bought sausage from Bunnings? That'll be $9000
SOME Sunday mornings, there's nothing better than a Bunnings snag.
But one man who decided to dispatch his drone to collect a snag from the hardware giant could be on the hook for a $9000 fine, after uploading his helicopter drone hijinks to YouTube.
The video has since been deleted but has been re-hosted by a third party.
Fairfax Media reports the Civil Aviation Safety Authority is investigating a man who appears to have flown the drone to a Bunnings carpark while he sat at home.
CASA has a variety of rules regarding drones that are not only strict, but also specific.
The sausage-homing drone flew within 30 metres of people, was used beyond the pilot's line of sight, and used in a populated area.
"You can clearly see people walking to and from their cars, you can see people around the sausage sizzle," a CASA spokesman told SMH.
An apparent accomplice takes a bag dangling from the drone to the sausage sellers.
It includes a note requesting a snag on bread plus $10 to pay.
The snag is placed into the plastic bag, then the drone speedily delivers the food home to the man who is relaxing in his backyard spa.
Elsewhere, in the Queensland town of Warwick, a family called police after a drone appeared on their rural property before flying on.
SNAPSHOT OF DRONE RULES
Thinking of buying a drone and flying it this Christmas?
Here's what you need to know, as taken from Civil Aviation Safety Regulations:
- No night flying (generally).
- No flying in or through cloud or fog, and you should.
- Be able to see the aircraft with your own eyes
- You must not fly closer than 30 metres to vehicles, boats, buildings or people.
- You must not fly over populous areas such as beaches, heavily populated parks, or sports ovals while they are in use.
In controlled airspace, which covers most Australian cities, you must not fly higher than 120 metres above the ground.
- You must not fly in a way that creates a hazard to other aircraft, so you should keep at least 5.5 km away from airfields, aerodromes and helicopter landing sites.