Drone Whale Videos.
You will require a permit for taking Drone Whale Videos.
Most drone operators would be unaware you require a permit to take drone Whale videos. Furthermore the required distances seem to vary according to which state or federal department you contact. Even with this discrepancy between government departments you would need a drone that has a high quality zoom lens. In addition to a quality zoom lens a good camera gimbal setup is a must. Also you would need a drone capable of being able to hover with great stability.
The stated required minimum distance of (500m) from the subject with a combined altitude of (500m). Best of luck getting decent video and pictures using those distances.
Also as a result of these distances a knock on affect is produced. The current CASA restrictions set a maximum height a Drone/UAV/RPA is permitted to fly at of (120m). With this height in mind you would also need to obtain CASA approval to fly above this restriction.
According to CASA drones or multi rotors come under the classification of helicopters. This makes drones bound to the same rules and regulations. When you consider this classification it would make it difficult for the nature or marine wildlife enthusiast. Try taking quality pictures or videos of Whales or Dolphins without stretching the law.
Follow the link if you are looking to find more information on the subject of Watching Whales or Dolphins
Marine or National Parks
With all that said, did you know you may also require a permit to fly a Drone in any Marine or National Park. From what we understand here at upyourdrone.com.au you will need a permit if you wish to fly a Drone in National Parks parks for commercial reasons.
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Read about the all important Australian first “Can I Fly There” app from CASA.