The Australian Government has recently registered an amendment to the Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment (Part 101) - concerning the regulations of Remotely Piloted Vehicles (RPA's).
Some of the more interesting changes are:
4 classes of RPA, based on all-up-weight:
- Micro RPA (0-100g)
- Very Small RPA (100g-2kg)
- Small RPA (2kg-25kg)
- Medium RPA (25kg-150kg)
No training or licences required to operate Micro and Very Small RPA's commercially in standard flight conditions. However, CASA does have to be notified 5 working days beforehand.
Operation over Private Land
Small RPA's and below can operated over private land (the landowner/occupier must own the RPA) in standard flight conditions without requiring any licences or training.
New “Remote Pilot Licenses” to replace UAV Controller Certificate.
Standard Flight Conditions
Standard (not needing an exemption from CASA) conditions have been tweaked slightly to:
- Under 400ft AGL
- Outside of 30m from other people
- Not over a populous area
- Not within 3nm of an airport
- Not in a restricted or prohibited area
- Not over an area where public safety or emergency operations are being conducted (without their prior permission)
- Is within visual line of sight by the operator
The full changes to the legislation are available at https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2016L00400
Note this legislation does not come into effect until 1 October 2016