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New technical requirement for drones in Australia

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Drones are like flying chainsaws. They must be regulated on sites.

There are new technical requirements for RPA, commonly known as drones. The new rules are contained in Part 101 (Unmanned Aircraft and Rockets) Manual of Standards (MOS) 2019.

Primarily they effect commercial and professional RPA pilots and operators – however, most of these rules will not come into effect for another 12 months. This is to ensure the industry is ready, particularly RPA training organisations.

Right now, you don’t have to take any action. CASA is currently developing guidance material to help with the transition, including advisory circulars and templates.

Two new rules in effect immediately are:

  • Introducing specific requirements for the on-going approval of extended visual line of sight (EVLOS) operations
  • Ensuring there is a buffer between your RPA and any controlled airspace above it.

The other rules due to commence in 12 months include training and competency standards for remote pilot licences (RePL) and standing approvals for certain kinds of operations near aerodromes. Requirements for RePL training instructors will commence in 18 months.

CASA modified the rules as a result of feedback from the RPA community during public consultation in September/November 2018. This included transition dates, examination requirements and the rules around tethering operations near aerodromes.

Keep up to date by subscribing to our Remotely piloted aircraft systems (Drones) mailing list. If you fly for fun, make sure you know the rules at Droneflyer.

Read: The Part 101 (Unmanned Aircraft and Rockets) Manual of Standards (MOS) 2019

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AMSJ April 2022