Canterbury Park in Bald Hills Is Among Official Drone Parks

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Canterbury Park in Bald Hills is now among the 10 official drone parks across Brisbane. This comes after a well-received six-month trial that began in December 2017.

Ten test sites were designated for the first trial of the drone zone parks. The trial was successful and received an “overwhelmingly positive feedback from enthusiasts.“

“As part of Council’s commitment to create more to see and do in Brisbane, we’ve provided launch and landing sites at 10 large parks across the city to accommodate the growing number of drone users,” said Environment, Parks and Sustainability Chairman Cr David McLachlan

“Council has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from its trial of 10 sites and hundreds of people have been taking advantage of these designated areas to take off land their drones that are up to 2kg,”  Cr McLachlan said.

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The following are the official drone zone parks:

The following are the criteria to be met before an aircraft could be launched and landed in the designated areas:

  • you are flying for recreational purposes; and
  • your aircraft weighs no more than 2 kg; and
  • your aircraft is electric; and
  • you are flying no earlier than 7am Monday to Saturday, or no earlier than 8am on Sundays and public holidays; and
  • your activities do not endanger, interfere with or cause nuisance to the park, park users or adjoining properties; and
  • you follow Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) safety rules for flying drones and other remotely piloted aircraft recreationally at all times.

Eighty per cent of the over 700 residents supported the idea of having dedicated areas in the parks for the launching and landing of drones. The Council thus has declared the designated parks as official recreational drone launching and landing sites. The Council also mentioned that they are also looking for additional drone sites.