Thursday 20th Sep, 2018

Drone safety paper released for comment


DRONE safety is on transport minister Darren Chester’s agenda with the release of a discussion paper setting out Australian and international aviation safety regulatory arrangements covering drones.

Mr Chester said the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) paper would give the wider community, as well as government agencies and industry, the opportunity to have input into consideration of future safety regulation of drones.

“Drones are a rapidly growing part of the aviation sector, and we must get the balance right between ensuring the safety and security of the public, and avoiding unnecessary red tape,” he said.

“As the paper indicates, aviation safety regulators around the world are facing challenges in maintaining high levels of safety without unnecessarily impeding opportunities to use drones for industry and recreational applications.”

The discussion paper seeks comment on five important aviation safety issues including drone registration; training and education of drone operators; geo-fencing; counter-drone technology; and future approaches to drone aviation safety regulation.

Mr Chester said he encouraged interested parties to make a submission.

The paper can be found on the CASA website.


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