Flying of drones during the AFL grand finals is now strictly prohibited. CASA released in a statement, “Anyone caught flying a drone at this weekend’s footy grand finals could face a fine of more than $10,000”.
The warning mentions that drones must not be flown anywhere near or above the Sydney’s ANZ stadium or the MCG in Melbourne. CASA’s safety regulations clearly prohibit drones being flown over crowds of people due to public safety reasons.
A CASA spokesman said that drone flying during major sporting events haven’t increased at an alarming rate, however many fans find it tempting to capture footage of the competition from the air.
Earlier in July, a man was charged for flying a drone over the Townsville V8 racing event in Townsville, QLD. CASA spokesman said drones could not be flown over crowded areas, regardless of the size, weight or speed of the aircraft.