Brisbane City Council has designated areas in 10 parks as \u2018drone zones\u2019 so pilots can fly their recreational unmanned aerial vehicles within regulations.\nThe sixth month trial \u2013 the first of its kind in Australia \u2013 has begun this week.\n \n\u201cSeveral parks across Brisbane have been chosen to include designated areas for flying drones and other remotely piloted aircraft. These locations will be monitored as part of a six-month trial and reviewed regularly,\u201d the council said.\n \nAlthough drones weighing under 0.5kg could always be flown from the parks, the new zones allow for UAVs weighing up to 2kg, as long as they are electric, fitted with propeller guards and don\u2019t endanger or cause nuisance to park users and adjoining properties.\n \nPilots must follow existing Civil Aviation Safety Authority rules. Any breaches of CASA rules for flying from or over a council park are enforceable by CASA, the council said.\n \nThe trial includes designated areas in The Common Park, Preston Road Park, Carindale Recreation Reserve, Canterbury Park, Lacey Road Park, Wishart Community Park, Voyager Drive Park, Cliveden Park, Moggill Ferry Reserve and Keperra Picnic Ground Park.\n \nThe announcement follows a Queensland government consultation paper, released in August, which addressed the business opportunities and regulatory challenges presented by drones.\n \n\u201cAn overarching action will be to investigate establishing a system and\/or guidelines of zoning within Queensland for different drone applications. These \u2018drone zones\u2019 would aim to ensure that business, industry, academia, government and the community are clear on where, when and for what drones can be tested, researched and used,\u201d the paper stated.\n \nThe drone zones come just in time for Christmas, during which the number of drones in Australia is expected to rise further. There are an estimated 50,000 users of recreational drones across the country.\n \nIn May, CASA launched asmartphone appwhich helps drone operators avoid restricted airspace, and reminds them of safety rules. In October the authority launched DroneFlyer.com.au as a resource for recreational pilots, and earlier this week release a \u2018fly responsibly\u2019 Christmas video.