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Skidmore talks to the police

Skidmore talks to the police

At a conference in Melbourne, Mark Skidmore [published 18th March 2015] said:


  • 1. Governing the use of RPAs – safety and regulation Mark Skidmore, Director of Aviation Safety
  • 2. Broader use of Drones/ RPAs Global Hawk Heron Scan Eagle Quadcopter
  • 3. RPAS as a policing tool
  • 4. CASA’s current regulatory framework • The Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) Part 101 was promulgated in 2002. • Both small and large RPAs have been treated similarly with respect to the approval requirements for operations.
  • 5. CASA’s proposed regulatory framework • Amending the regulations giving the following considerations: – categorising RPAs by weight; – looking at options to provide more flexible requirements for small commercial RPA operators; – assessing restrictions on flight in the vicinity of aerodromes; and – aligning terminology with ICAO and making appropriate changes to the documented procedures.
  • 6. Consultation • Working closely with the ICAO to develop standards and recommended practices. • CASA works very closely with the aviation industry through the Standards Consultative Committee. A RPAS Working Group has been formed.
  • 7. Process for approving RPA operations • The current process for obtaining an RPA operator’s certificate, while rigorous, is quite straight forward and relatively inexpensive. • Working to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the approval processes for emergency services. • CASA’s RPAS Office prioritise EMS applications and can provide assistance.
  • 8. Challenges and current limitations • Significant growth in the volume and types of operations to which RPAS are tasked. • Quality and reliability of small, commercially manufactured RPAs. • Operations beyond visual line of sight. • Integration into non-segregated airspace.
  • 9. Privacy concerns • CASA’s role is the regulation of the RPA operations. • Dealing with matters related to privacy is a matter for the Australian Privacy Commissioner. • CASA does encourage approved operators to adopt a fly neighbourly policy and reminds operators to become familiar with obligations in relation to privacy, nuisance and trespass.
  • 10. CASA supports legitimate use of RPAs as a policing tool around Australia Thank You


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