Australia issues new regulation applicable to operating drones at night

The Civil Aviation Authority of Australia (CASA) has introduced a new regulation applicable to remotely piloted aerial systems (RPAS) flying at night.

The legislation requires the operator to “have documented practices and procedures, that are approved in writing by CASA or by a manager or team Leader of CASA with responsibility for regulatory oversight of RPA operations in relation to operating RPA at night”. Before any operation under this approval, the operator must ensure that a risk assessment is carried out by the operator’s chief remote pilot in accordance with the documented practices and procedures.

Other requirements include ensuring that the launch and landing and recovery areas are illuminated so that the position of the RPA can be established and maintained by the authorised remote pilot by visual reference, and the RPA is equipped with the appropriate nighttime signals.

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