Falls Creek Resort has issued a policy on Drone use in the Resort.
In referring to the use of drones, Falls Creek Resort Management Board (FCRMB) has referenced The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), via Civil Aviation Safety Regulations part 101 (CASR101) to address concerns on public safety, privacy and property damage. As such the resort will be adopting the CASA applied rules for use by both private and commercial operators.
Drones are classified as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). In order for the resort to ensure users do not breach the rules as recommended by CASA, FCRMB has banned the use of all such aircraft in the resort.
FCRMB CEO Stuart Smythe commented “the proliferation in Point of View cameras, and now this next evolution with thrill seekers wanting to use drones to capture and record footage of users' exploits, needs to be carefully managed. The CASA guidelines are very clear. The resort simply cannot allow the use of such devices in the interests of public safety and with respect to damage to property, infrastructure and people in general. The resort will issue permits for use by suitably qualified and experienced operators based on proof of CASA compliance and certified operational status – with particular use for commercial or promotional opportunities only”.
“As an active resort and with a product offering including the Heli Link between Falls Creek and Mt Hotham, our air space is active enough. The CASA directive makes it very clear with regards to where it is appropriate to operate such devices and a ski resort simply does not qualify”.
For further detail please contact Falls Creek Resort Management