Drones can’t be flown outdoors at night under Civil Aviation Rule Part 101, unless you are doing a shielded operation.

If you need to fly your drone at night unshielded you will need to apply for a Part 102 Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certificate.

What is a shielded operation?

Learn about all the rules:

Intro to Part 101 rules for unmanned aircraft

Intro to Part 102 certification for unmanned aircraft

 Finding all this a bit confusing?

Please consider investing in your own knowledge and skills by undertaking a drone pilot course.

If you have any questions about drones, use our contact form, or email rpas@caa.govt.nz