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Aviation safety experts urge caution with a popular Christmas gift

Aviation safety experts urge caution with a popular Christmas gift
Aviation safety experts urge caution with a popular Christmas gift. Drones
<p><strong>Drones are tipped to be one of the most popular presents this Christmas but fledgling pilots have been delivered a stern warning about the potential dangers for new flyers.</strong></p> <p>The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is urging people to stick to a handful of basic rules in the wake of a high-profile incident where a pro-skier narrowly avoided having a drone fall out of the sky on his head.</p> <p>Peter Gibson from CASA said there were many hidden dangers associated with the devices.</p> <p>&quot;If drone becomes out of control and you hit a person you can obviously cause injuries,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&quot;If your drone collides with an aircraft it could cause a catastrophic accident.</p> <p>&quot;That&#39;s why we have safety regulations with penalties attached to them.&quot;</p> <p>He said drones were good fun and people should not feel as though they could not have fun with them, but a few simple rules apply.</p> <p>&quot;Keeping well away from people, well away from aircraft and making sure you&#39;ve got your drone in your sight at all times,&quot; he said.</p> <p>The rules are contained in the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations and breaking them can attract hefty fines.</p> <p>&quot;The Civil Aviation Safety Authority can issue fines of up to $9,000 in serious cases,&quot; Mr Gibson said.</p> <p>He said the authority does investigate drone use and there have been substantial fines laid in the past.</p> <p>&quot;The most serious one in Australia was where a drone hit a woman who was participating in a marathon race in the back of the head and cut her head,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&quot;That was a drone which was being flown too close to people and the operator lost control of the drone.</p> <p>&quot;More recently in the United Kingdom a small child actually lost an eye because a drone collided with his face.&quot;</p> <p>Tom Waugh is a cinematographer who works with drones.</p> <p>He said flying a drone is very different to operating a remote control car.</p> <p>&quot;Because it operates in another axis which is up and down, not just along the ground,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&quot;In terms of safety there are propellers as well which can do more damage to people.&quot;</p> <p>He said even micro-drones can be dangerous to people, especially when flown inside.</p> <p>&quot;While they are simple to use once you get a handle on them, initially you can put the throttle in too much and send it into the ceiling,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&quot;You can see on YouTube a huge compilation of people smashing their drones on their first flight.</p> <p>&quot;Launching bigger drones inside because they think its good to fly it inside the first time, straight into the ceiling fan, there&#39;s $3,000 damage.&quot;</p> <p>Mr Waugh also warned against drinking and droning.</p> <p>&quot;Never a good mix,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&quot;It is a vehicle and you are operating it so don&#39;t do it intoxicated.</p> <p>&quot;Just remember it is a weapon in disguise.&quot;</p>