Every now and again, a story of someone who symbolises everything that’s good and great about our fair nation comes to the fore: this, friends, is one such story.
An Aussie bloke who identified himself simply as “Jo” has found himself on the wrong side of the law after sending in a drone to pick up a snag from a sausage sizzle at a Bunnings Warehouse in Sunbury, Victoria.
That’s right. He flew a drone to the site of the sausage sizzle, with an attached receptacle in which to place the iconic foodstuff, because he was 1) hungry, and 2) cbf leaving the comfort of the hot tub he was sitting in at the time.
WOULD YOU LOOK AT THE POLITE NOTE HE ATTACHED FOR THE BUNNINGS STAFF.
The video of Jo’s plight to enjoy maximum flavour for minimum effort was uploaded to YouTube and racked up thousands of views, but it also caught the attention of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which is now investigating potential breaches of drone regulations.
A CASA spokesperson posted in the comments section that Jo could be up for fines ranging from $450 to $9,000 for breaking pretty much every one of the following rules:
- You should only fly drones in visual line-of-sight.
- You must not fly drones closer than 30 metres to vehicles, boats, buildings or people.
- You must not fly drones over populous areas such as beaches, heavily populated parks, or sports ovals while they are in use.
- In controlled airspace, which covers most Australian cities, you must not fly drones higher than 120 metres (400 feet) above the ground.
- You must not fly drones in a way that creates a hazard to other aircraft, so you should keep at least 5.5 km away from airfields, aerodromes and helicopter landing sites.
The original video has been removed, but the folks over at EFTM reuploaded it.
Cop a squizz:
If Jo cops a $9,000 fine for this hilarious misdemeanor, we solemnly swear to crowdfund the money to repay it because a world in which you can’t send a drone to do your Bunnings bidding isn’t a world we want to be part of.
Jo, if you’re reading this: let’s go get a beer.