Danger zone

NO FLIGHT ZONE WARNING: Commercial drone operator Charles Prime holds a drone at Mount Gambier Airport, which is a restricted flight zone. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO

NO FLIGHT ZONE WARNING: Commercial drone operator Charles Prime holds a drone at Mount Gambier Airport, which is a restricted flight zone. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO

THE Mount Gambier Airport has issued a blunt warning to users of remotely piloted aircraft - commonly known as drones - to avoid restricted airspace and adhere to the rules.

This comes as claims surfaced that a number of drone hobbyists have been operating in restricted airspace in Mount Gambier, including at Corriedale Park on Wireless Road.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has also renewed a warning of the dangers of flying in restricted airspace after a reported mid-air collision between a drone and plane in Adelaide this week.

It is understood the popularity of drones has soared in Mount Gambier over the past 12 months with fears mounting they could cause a mid-air accident with a plane or helicopter.

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