Australian drone safety review making progress

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has released the Terms of Reference for the review of aviation safety regulation of drones.The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has released the Terms of Reference for the review of aviation safety regulation of drones.

The review will examine a number of regulatory options raised by stakeholders with a view to improving aviation safety around Australia.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the review aims to increase understanding of how registration, education and training, geo-fencing and shielding capabilities could potentially impact on both commercial and recreational drone operations within the country, while also considering developments internationally.

Mr. Chester said the review’s findings and recommendations are aimed at ensuring the future growth of drone operations, both commercial and private, is safely integrated into Australian airspace.

“We are already seeing drones being successfully used in agriculture, mining, infrastructure assessment, search and rescue, fire and policing operations, aerial mapping and scientific research,” said Mr. Chester.

“CASA will be mindful that any proposed new regulatory requirements should also support the potential of drone operations to improve productivity, reduce costs and improve workplace safety across a range of industries and applications.”

CASA will release a discussion paper for public comment on the range of safety issues to be examined during the review.

“I encourage those interested in aviation safety to contribute to this important review, the outcome of which will provide CASA with a firm basis to consider any future regulatory changes,” said Mr. Chester.

The Terms of References are available at: https://www.casa.gov.au/aircraft/standard-page/drone-safety-review

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