The lawyers in your corner of the sky.®

The Drone Pilot’s Legal Handbook is our pilot-focused, plain language, practical guide to understanding many of the legal considerations in running a drone business. At 63-pages, it’s comprehensive without being cumbersome.

Developed specifically for the drone industry, it’s full of  ‘Practical Tips‘ that you can start applying immediately to your business. Topics covered are:

1. Business structures

2. Contracts

3. Employment issues

4. Intellectual property

5. Privacy, data and trespass

6. Noise

7. Trouble in the sky

8. Complex drone operation

9. Drone registration and pilot accreditation

10. Drone incident reporting

With copies sold in every State and Territory in Australia, as well as the USA, South Africa and Papua New Guinea, this is not just a local handy guide, it’s a global resource.

You can purchase a copy HERE.

Our articles:


Case Note: Bullying Claim Brought Against Aviation Regulator by Non-staff Member…


Drone flight authorisations App-ening in Sydney Harbour…

Australian Government releases Drone Privacy Principles

Legislative Carve Outs Promote Beyond Visual Line of Sight Drone Operations

Cocked Kiwi Downs Drone: a Case Note from our Cousins across the Ditch…

Drone Regulatory Wrap-Up: a glance back at 2022…



Drone pilot who crashed into paraglider in New Zealand comes before the Court. Here’s how it went down…

Drone Noise Requirement: listen to this…

22/22 Vision: First look at the new and coming regulations…

Drone test flights: registration dispensation


Drone Noise: The Regulations are Buzzing…

CASA makes Macro Amendments to Micro Drone Operations…again!

Guidance on Drone Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations finally in sight…

Macro Amendment to Micro Drones: 30m rule adjusted…

Australia’s National Emerging Aviation Technologies framework takes off…


Has the meaning of Model Aircraft gone MIA?

Drone Tax: getting heavy on the levy…

Have your say: proposed amendments to Drone Part 101 Manual of Standards

RPA Registration and Pilot Accreditation Countdown Timer

Drone Registration & Pilot Accreditation in Australia; the Facts…

CASA’s Oops moment slightly lowers bar for all BVLOS drone operations…

Micro drone big issue: the 30 metre rule and micro drones

COVID-19 causes delay in Australian Drone Part 101 Manual of Standards

A Rolling Drone Still Gathers MOS: Australian Part 101 Drone Manual of Standards gets brush-up in preparation for further wave of Regs soon to hit the shore

Drone Registration: go with the flow…chart

CASA Updates its Advisory Circular on Drone Licensing and Operations


Looking into 2020 with 20/20 Vision: 7 Drone Industry Developments to Watch in the New Decade.

It’s App-ening: Getting Your App onto the CASA Drone Digital Platform.

Australian Drone Law on Registration & Accreditation: Part 2 – Pilot Accreditation.

The Offences Lurking within Australia’s New Drone Laws…

Cutting Through The Noise: Australian Government Review into Drone Noise Regulation

5 technologies applied to drones & their legal implications in 5 days. Day 3: Drone Autonomy

5 technologies applied to drones & their legal implications in 5 days. Day 2: ADS-B.

5 technologies applied to drones & their legal implications in 5 days. Day 1: Counter-drone technology.

Australian Drone Law on Registration & Accreditation: Part 1 – Drone Registration.

8 take-aways from the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) Conference on 17 & 18 July 2019.

6 legal issues outside the aviation regulatory framework affecting drone operations.

Drones in Australian Courts: 5 cases where drones have assisted…

Beyond Visual Line of Sight Drone flights in Australia: how the new Drone Manual of Standards regulates this next frontier.

CASA births its Part 101 Drone Manual of Standards: the high-level Need-to-Know on this crucial legislative instrument

CASA flags changes to its pending Drone Manual of Standards

Human Rights element to be incorporated into Australian Aviation Law.

High Court of Australia decides that State & Territory Work Health & Safety laws apply to civil aviation operators.

The inside word on flying drones indoors…

CASA opens consultation on proposed mandatory drone registration and pilot accreditation: The 14-point need to know…



From Gatwick to Kingsford Smith: clarifying the drone rules around Aussie airports. 

10 Things to Think About When Flying Your Drone This Festive Season. 

The Australian Government’s response to the Senate Inquiry into the future of drone regulation: why it reads like the Wizard of Oz..

RePL Without a Cause: CASA’s plan on how to get a drone licence. 

Senate Inquiry into Drone Safety in Australia: The Outcome in Short…

CASA speaks about its approach to the future of drone regulation in Australia. 

10 Things to Think About When Flying Your Drone For Fun In Australia

Industry Speaks: The Future of Drone Regulation in Australia 


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