An advisory group set up by the Australian Association of Unmanned Systems (AAUS) has submitted a position paper to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (DITCRD) looking at aircraft noise regulations applicable to commercial and recreational drone operations within Australia. The work was prompted by the publication in July 2019 of an inquiry into commercial drone/remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) operations in Australia which found that no Territory or Federal Authority had clear responsibility for regulating noise associated with drone/RPAS activities. The DITCRD says a range of commercial and recreational drone operations within Australia require approvals regarding noise and it is in the process of determining the scope and breadth of noise regulations applicable. It is inviting comments on proposed regulations of drones and urban air mobility (UAM) aircraft.
AAUS formed the advisory group to lead the development of an all-of-industry position on noise regulations applicable to the sector. Through the outcomes of the advisory group, AAUS aims to proactively represent industry needs and provide this as an input to the DITCRD. Further, the advisory group will develop and represent a unified industry response to the outcomes of the DITCRD review.
The AAUS Noise Regulation Working Group represents a range of stakeholders including drone operators, manufacturers, associations and users.
In September 2019 DIRCRD released an Issues paper as part of the review of the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018 (the Regulations) and to seek comments through consultation. The issues paper contains proposed noise regulation of drones and urban air mobility (UAM) aircraft. It can be accessed here: https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/environmental/aircraft-noise/files/Issues_Paper-Review_of_Air_Navigation-Aircraft_Noise_Regulations_2018-RPA.pdf
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