Long term – 2031 to 2036

By the mid-2030s, low level airspace is expected to be occupied by large numbers of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) of different designs, purposes, and capabilities. This technology will provide a fast, cost-effective execution of previously labour-intensive operations.

Advancements in technology will also increase the number of aircraft types. This will blur the lines between RPAS technologies, advanced air mobility (AAM) and traditional aircraft systems as hybrid traditional designs emerge and operators recognise the commercial benefits these new technologies can deliver.

Commercial AAM operations will expand to include multiple scheduled passenger transport applications supported by safe and efficient transport routes. As the AAM sector scales, this decade will likely see the entry into service of autonomous vehicles.

Rich sources of quality data will be readily available to support informed safety related decision-making for the ongoing expansion and future development in the RPAS and AAM sectors due to time in operation.

Published date: 3 June 2022
Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//search-centre/corporate-plans/rpas-and-aam-strategic-regulatory-roadmap/long-term-2031-2036
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