Drones are becoming a more common part of everyday life and with a new influx likely to arrive as Christmas presents, it is important to remember their use is subject to Civil Aviation Rules.

For example, if drones are flown over private property, the owner or occupier’s permission must be obtained first. 

Drone use within 4km of an airport is also subject to a number of rules developed by the Civil Aviation Authority. Sighting of a drone hazard near Nelson airport will result in an emergency call to police as well as close the aerodrome and require aircraft to divert to another location. Please be aware of these rules when choosing where to fly your drone. 

Commercial and recreational users of drones no longer need consent to operate on Council owned or operated land.

For more information on drone use in New Zealand are www.flyyourdrone.nz and www.airshare.co.nz.”