Part 101 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) was introduced in 2002 in response to the need for an effective regulatory framework governing the operation of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), commonly referred to as drones without compromising the safety of other airspace users and people and property on the ground.
As of July 2017 there were only 5,870 remotely piloted aircraft licence (RePL) holders and 1,106 remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificate (ReOC) holders in Australia.
CASA estimates there are at least 50,000 drones being operated in Australia today, mostly for sport and recreational purposes who do not require an RePL nor a ReOC.
Comments on the Discussion Paper
CASA are currently inviting comments on these important RPA safety issues.
CASA Directive 96/17
CASA has released Instrument CASA 96/17 Direct operation of certain unmanned aircraft, which becomes effective immediately.
The MAAA President and Secretary were invited to comment on the draft Instrument on the the 12 October with the understanding that CASA’s intent was to publish the Instrument with effect on 17 October 2017.
Several points in the Instrument have a direct impact on MAAA members operations which was highlighted to CASA. In response CASA indicated that they did not wish to hinder any established MAAA operations and would issue a written letter of approval. Until the final details are worked out which will probably include amendments to certain MOPs CASA have supplied an interim letter for members, explaining the situation.
CASA Exemption 156/17 to the CASA Directive 96/17
MAAA Executive have successfully negotiated an exemption to recent CASA Directive 96/17 issued in the form of CASA Exemption 156/17. This exemption effectively returns the normal Model Aero Club operations back to where they were prior to the issue of the CASA Directive 96/17.
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