Christchurch drone operator warned by NZTA after Western Belfast Bypass flight

A drone user who filmed progress of an under-construction national highway was warned by a government agency after posting the footage online.

Christchurch drone pilot Peter Perrim shot video earlier this month of the Western Belfast Bypass, a $122 million project to create a four-lane stretch of road linking the Christchurch Northern Motorway to Johns Rd.

He had permission from the Civil Aviation Authority and air traffic control to conduct the flight, but did not think he needed consent from the Crown-owned NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), which owned the land.

Several hours after his video appeared on Stuff, Perrim said he was questioned by NZTA about how he shot the footage.

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