Opterra are proud to announce that we are part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Media Team. We will soon be leaving to follow the Queens Baton Relay as it travels around Australia. The baton finishes up on the Gold Coast in April 2018. Follow us as we travel to some really unique parts of Australia.

We will be flying in some really sensitive locations, including Cradle Mountain in Tasmania. In addition to recognising local approvals that are required, such as from the National Parks and Wildlife Services, also knowing and adhering to all airspace restrictions is critical to a successful project.

Information on airspace restrictions for Commonwealth Games

This year Australia is hosting the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast (GC2018), from 4-15 April, 2018.

GC2018 will welcome more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories to the Gold Coast and event cities Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville. GC2018 will feature the largest integrated sports program in Commonwealth Games history, comprising 18 sports and seven para-sports.

The Queensland Police Service, along with Federal agencies, will have major responsibility for public safety and security in the lead-up to, and during, GC2018. Numerous restricted airspace zones will be in place during the Games, with dates and times varying according to location and events.

You should familiarise yourself with the location and activation times of these restricted airspace zones during GC2018. For more detailed information on these restricted airspace zones for GC2018, see the aeronautical information circular (AIC) on Airservices Australia website.

If you are a ReOC holder and wish to operate during the Games in this restricted airspace, you will need prior approval from the Queensland Police Service as the controlling authority.

You must forward any requests for prior approval to operate no later than 9 February, 2018.