Authorities in the eastern Australian city of Gold Coast are warning of a rising number of drone flights in restricted airspace – particularly around its airport – and have made a plea to the region’s pilots to respect no-go delineations as the nation heads into summer.
On Monday, officials from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) issued a statement asking people operating drones to be attentive to airspace restrictions in Gold Coast and surrounding areas in Queensland. They extended that plea to UAV pilots in the northern part of New South Wales (NSW), whose state border sits flush with Gold Coast’s airport.
Authorities didn’t put a figure on the spiking sightings of UAVs entering banned areas, but did say those incidents have been particularly heavy around the Gold Coast airport – the nation’s sixth-largest, and the busiest outside a state capitol.
“Drones can pose a serious safety risk to aircraft and disrupt airport…