Cowboy drone operators fly the aircraft illegally crossing into protected airspace and smashing into homes, vehicles and people

Platinum HD Gold Coast South managing director and senior cinematographer Greg Weatherall

Platinum HD Gold Coast South managing director and senior cinematographer Greg Weatherall with a drone he pilots for shooting real estate.

With more production companies, advertising agencies and real estate groups using drone technology to film for videos, certified operators say it has opened the way for “cowboy” cameramen to get in on the action.

Drone footage can be found online where people have filmed Snapper Rocks despite being within three nautical miles of the Gold Coast Airport which is illegal under aviation law.

Unlicensed drone operators risk hefty fines from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority if they get caught but cinematographer Anthony Shorten, of Aerial Advantage, said the authority could do more to police it.

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