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RPAS digital platform
The remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) digital platform was recently developed and introduced by CASA.
The platform provides a central source of trusted data, which currently includes:
- RPA-related advisories
- regulatory information.
This data can be used by software developers to create third-party mobile and web-based apps, to help show users where it's safe and legal to fly a drone in Australia.
Industry and software providers will soon be able to apply to connect to the RPAS digital platform, and develop drone safety mobile and web-based apps.
To connect to the platform, software providers will need to undergo a robust approval and onboarding process. This enables CASA to verify that proposed apps will deliver accurate information and meet the minimum technical requirements.
CASA recently granted permission for the first drone safety app (OpenSky) to connect to the RPAS digital platform. As more third-party apps are verified, we'll publish them on the drone safety apps page—with a link to the developer's website.
In future, the RPAS digital platform will expand to include a range of other services including:
- integration with our proposed drone registration and accreditation system
- submission of flight authorisation requests for licenced operators
- automation of requests to operate within 5.5 km of a controlled airport (usually those with a control tower).
The platform will also provide the data and building blocks for a future RPA traffic management system.
Connect to the RPAS digital platform
Check this webpage in the coming weeks for more information on when applications will open, the minimum technical requirements, and the onboarding and verification process.
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