Last call for feedback on proposed changes to recreational drone regulations by Australian regulator

Submissions are due to close on 18 November 2021 on minor amendments to drone registration and operator accreditation regulations proposed by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

CASA is seeking feedback on minor amendments to:

  • Parts 47, 101 and 202 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR)
  • Part 101 Manual of Standards (MOS).

These amendments are required to implement model aircraft registration as intended by the Australian Government.

Minor changes are also required to address some ambiguities in the existing drone registration and operator accreditation regulations.

A Technical Working Group (TWG) appointed by the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel met on 3 November 2021 to consider the proposed amendments. They considered the changes pragmatic.

The proposed amendments

The proposed changes include:

  • amending the commencement date for recreational drone registration and operator accreditation from 1 March 2022 to 1 July 2022
  • moving the transitional registration incentive period to follow the new commencement date
  • removing registration requirements for remotely piloted aircraft test flights that currently impact on aircraft innovation, development, and manufacturing
  • aligning the recreational drone registration provisions so they are registered separately, and expires 12 months after initial issue
  • removing ambiguity to reinforce that a person may not sit the operator accreditation quiz, or hold a valid operator accreditation until the person is at least 16 years old (this is implied by the current rules but is not explicitly stated)
  • updating Part 101 Manual of Standards (MOS) to require recreational drone operators to update any changes to their contact details, or any other information provided to CASA as part of registration or accreditation. For example, a change of address or new email address.

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