Scenic flight tours around Whakaari/White Island to resume

Scenic flight tours around Whakaari/White Island to resume

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The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that they are lifting airspace restrictions on flying near or over Whakaari/White Island.

The restrictions were put in place following the eruption of the volcano on December 9 2019, which led to 21 people being killed and many other people were injured.

Manager Sean Rogers of aeronautical services says that while the restrictions are being lifted at the end of October, all other Civil Aviation Rules must continue to be followed, including those rules for flying in the vicinity of a volcanic hazard zone.

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“The rules include, pilots not operating aircraft within a volcanic hazard zone during the night, or in bad weather,” he said.

Most commercial air operators are aware of the rules.

CAA will be visiting companies over the coming months, which may be interested in conducting scenic flights around Whakaari to ensure they fully understand the requirements and to answer any questions.

The public and professional videographers who may want to film around the island also need to be aware that Civil Aviation Rules also apply if using a drone. Drone users cannot operate over the island unless they have prior consent from the landowner.

Drones will not be allowed to fly above 400 feet without prior approval, including no lose sight of a drone at any time.

Drone users must also give way and remain well clear of all crewed aircraft.

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