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Watch the drone: Hanson team's new toy raises concerns

PAULINE Hanson's latest social media video featuring the senator flying a drone in Townsville has sparked concerns she may have broken aviation regulations.

The One Nation leader posted a video on Wednesday night which showed her standing on the balcony of a high-rise building in Townsville flying a drone.

The video was removed a few hours later.

"I'm flying a drone here, first time ever … as long as I keep it under 400ft I'm right," Ms Hanson said in the video.

"It's the first time I've ever done this but I'm just having a go at it, and actually it's not my drone, it's not my plane, it's James' drone as it's James' plane.

"The plane, the plane, no now it's the drone the drone," she said.

The Facebook video attracted several comments calling the legality of the drone use into question.

"Most of Townsville is a no flyzone, 400ft is only one of the rules," one person wrote.

"Strooth (sic) Pauline, don't let CASA see this video! Regulations! Take the video down quickly," warned another commenter.

Others said Ms Hanson was "flying a drone in direct contrast to the civil aviation rules" and was illegally "flying over a populated area".

It is not known why the video was taken down.

A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority told The Courier-Mail recreational drone operators do not need a certificate or license but must abide by regulations.

"This includes not flying within 30 metres of people or property, you can't fly over crowds and must not fly higher than 400 feet (120 metres) in controlled airspaces," he said.

The spokesman was unable to comment on Ms Hanson's drone use.

The Courier-Mail understands there are parts of Townsville covered by a "no fly zone" but it is not known if Ms Hanson's location falls within this regulated area.

Ms Hanson's chief of staff James Ashby told the Courier-Mail late last night that the senator's actions complied with CASA regulations.

Senator Hanson was flying the DJI Mavic drone outside of the three nautical mile radius of the Townsville control tower.

"The drone the Senator was operating is classified as very small RPA and weighs approximately 600 grams.

"We appreciate the concerns some Facebook users may have expressed, however safety was the Senator's first priority," he said.

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