Aviation restrictions

If you are planning on flying a plane over the state’s national parks it is important to note that there are minimum height restrictions in place for some of these parks.

Low flying aircraft can severely disrupt resting and breeding animals. They also take away from the remote wilderness experience that many of our parks offer. To protect these areas while maintaining public safety, Fly Neighbourly Advice (FNA) parameters have been developed detailing the minimum flight heights and offset distances around identified sensitive areas.

All pilots are expected to fly in accordance with the FNAs, which have been approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (emergency services may be exempt).

In South Australia, the following areas are affected by an FNA:

  • Head of the Bight (1 May – 31 October, annually)
  • Innes National Park and Althorpe Island National Park
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Waitpinga Cliffs (1 June to 31 December, annually)

Full details of FNAs are available from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Remotely piloted aircraft and drones

The new National Parks and Wildlife Regulations (National Parks) 2016 clarify that it is an offence to fly remotely-piloted aircraft such as drones in South Australia's national parks and reserves without a permit.

To use a drone for scientific research, you will need to apply as part of your scientific research application.

To use a drone for commercial filming or photography, you will need to apply as part of your commercial filming and photography permit application.