CASA collaborates on joint RPAS certification

Date published: 21 July 2022


For the first time in Australian aviation history, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will collaborate with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and manufacturer, Swoop Aero, on the joint type and production certification of Swoop Aero’s latest aircraft – Kite.

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The Kite application will be the first production certificate issued by CASA for a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) and the first time we have collaborated with the FAA on a joint RPAS type certification project.

CASA Airworthiness and Engineering Branch Manager, Richard Stocker says we have been working closely with the FAA to make sure it will meet Australia’s high aviation safety standards.

“The FAA have been working with Swoop Aero to apply their durability and reliability-based type certification process to certify the Kite.

“We are working collaboratively with the FAA to concurrently validate the FAA type certification of the Swoop Aero Kite. We will then issue a production certificate to approve the manufacture of the Kite in Melbourne, Victoria”, he said.

“This collaboration project with the FAA presents an exciting opportunity for our two authorities to work together to safely manage the growth and innovation in this dynamic sector of aviation,” Richard said.

The Kite is Swoop Aero’s latest and most advanced aircraft. It can fly up to 175 km on a single battery charge with speeds of up to 200 km per hour and carry up to 5 kg of payload.

The Kite is equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) integration as well as Detect and Avoid (DDA) technology.

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