Operations include the requirements, conditions and approvals needed to safely conduct remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) and advanced air mobility (AAM) operations across differing risk-based categories. This includes:

  • standard operating conditions for remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) and model aircraft

  • operational approvals and authorisations for RPA

  • operating conditions for AAM

  • operational approvals and authorisations for AAM

  • regulatory interfaces (for example licensing, maintenance, equipage requirements, certification, registration marks, security).

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What we want to achieve

We aim to maintain an effective, outcome-based regulatory framework for operational requirements and approvals. This framework aims to be scalable and accessible to all entrants, and subject to appropriate regulatory oversight that is comparable with the level of risk an operation may pose.

How we will do this

  • Develop and publish further guidance material for RPAS operations already enabled in existing regulation including acceptable means of compliance.

  • Develop and publish guidance material for approval of research and development operations.

  • Review and publish guidance on the carriage of dangerous goods by RPAS.

  • Implement regulatory changes from the post implementation review of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) Part 101.

  • Conduct a gap analysis of CASR parts to identify regulatory changes required to support RPAS and AAM operations.

  • Publish more standard scenarios and specific operation risk assessment (SORA) guidance for low risk RPAS operations and emergency services.

  • Talk with model aircraft, drone sport, and recreation flyers to find opportunities for improved collaboration and consultation.

  • Develop guidance on the operational approval requirements for AAM operations, including operations that are remotely piloted and pilot-on-board.

  • Develop standards for international RPAS and AAM operations.

  • Review existing approval and oversight processes to make sure they are proportionate to the risk and complexity of operational activities.

  • Integrate RPAS operational requirements into relevant CASR parts for operations outside the scope of Part 101.

  • Apply changes required to support operational requirements for AAM.

  • Mature risk calculation methods used for determining operational categories using data, artificial intelligence and/or quantitative methods.

  • Consider alternative methods of regulatory oversight, including possible use of self-administering organisations.

  • Continue to monitor the regulatory framework to make sure processes and requirements remain fit-for-purpose.

Published date: 5 June 2022
Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//search-centre/corporate-plans/rpas-and-aam-strategic-regulatory-roadmap/operations
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