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Project CS 05/01 - Certification requirements related to the design, manufacturing and airworthiness of UAVs

Topic code: 
Aircraft Registration, Marking and Certification
Project status: 
Closed

Closure notes

Project closed 19 January 2012.

This project is now contained in project OS 11/20.

Purpose/Objectives

CASR Part 101 contains requirements for the operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). With regard to airworthiness certification, Part 101 requires all large UAVs to have a special certificate of airworthiness in the restricted category or an experimental certificate. In addition, any UAV which operates in a populous area at a height less than that necessary to clear the area in case of a failure must have a certificate.

The policy intent of current airworthiness certification requirements is not transparent and there are some anomalies. The two main difficulties in the application of the current airworthiness certification rules in Part 21 are:

  • its coverage of the certification of aircraft and parts but not remote equipment; and
  • current airworthiness standards (e.g. Parts 23 and 25) are not appropriate for the certification of UAVs in relation (for example) to the safety of occupants.

This project sets out to deal with the development of airworthiness requirements for UAVs and include certification issues related to their design, manufacturing and airworthiness. The proposed broad objectives and tasks are:

  • To review current Australian and overseas regulations, standards, policies and research studies in relation to airworthiness certification of UAVs
  • To propose a framework and concept for airworthiness certification of UAVs
  • To develop the procedures and airworthiness standards for certification of UAVs
  • To develop the necessary amendments to CASR Parts 21 and 101 in accordance with CASA's Standards Development and Rule Making manual.

Rules affected

Part 21 of CASR

Part 101 of CASR

Project management

Project Leader: Gary Carr
Project Sponsor: Greg Vaughan

History

Title Details Date
Consultation updates in 2012
Project CS 05/01 - Certification requirements related to the design, manufacturing and airworthiness of UAVs This project is now closed.
Refer to the project closure notes for further information.
19 Jan 2012
Consultation updates in 2005
Project no. CS 05/01 titled Certification requirements related to the design, manufacturing and airworthiness of UAVs has been registered. Project approved. 13 Apr 2005
Project CS 05/01 fact sheet Rulechange project CS 05/01 initiated: Certification requirements related to the design, manufacturing and airworthiness of UAVs 11 Apr 2005