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Is your business planning to use, or currently using, drones in your operations or projects to drive business efficiencies and productivity? A Senate inquiry may have a significant impact on your company’s ability to use drones. 

The Senate’s Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee is currently taking submissions into its inquiry into regulatory requirements that impact on the safe use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and associated systems. Submissions close on 15 December 2016

This inquiry will likely affect both technology solutions companies and end users including those involved in development and maintenance of substantial infrastructure. 

The terms of reference for this inquiry includes examining:

  • current and future regulatory requirements that impact on the safe commercial and recreational use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and associated systems, including consideration of:
    • Civil Aviation Safety Regulation Part 101,
    • local design and manufacture of RPAS and associated systems,
    • importation of RPAS and associated systems,
    • state and local government regulation, and
    • overseas developments, including work by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and overseas aviation regulatory jurisdictions;
  • the existing industry and likely future social and economic impact of RPAS technology;
  • the international regulatory/governance environment for RPAS technology and its comparison to Australian regulation;
  • current and future options for improving regulatory compliance, public safety and national security through education, professional standards, training, insurance and enforcement;
  • the relationship between aviation safety and other regulation of RPAS for example, regulation by state and local government agencies on public safety, security and privacy grounds;
  • the potential recreational and commercial uses of RPAS, including agriculture, mining, infrastructure assessment, search and rescue, fire and policing operations, aerial mapping and scientific research;
  • insurance requirements of both private and commercial users/operators, including consideration of the suitability of existing data protection, liability and insurance regimes, and whether these are sufficient to meet growing use of RPAS;
  • the use of current and emerging RPAS and other aviation technologies to enhance aviation safety; and
  • any other related matters. 

Are you interested in providing feedback to the Senate inquiry through a potential submission from Ai Group? 

Please contact Ai Group adviser Charles Hoang, Tel: 02 9466 5462.