Use cases

The following 9 use cases were used to inform the regulatory activities identified in this roadmap. While this is not an exhaustive list, these use cases were identified by industry and cover a diverse range of activities undertaken using remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) and advanced air mobility (AAM) in Australia.

  • Aerial application - this involves using RPAS to apply or disperse chemicals, seeds or other items including spreading fertilisers and disinfectants, and assisting with fire management.

    Learn more about aerial application through our short explainer video.

  • Entertainment - this involves the use of drones for activities like drone light displays, drones to capture still and video images for film and TV production. This also includes live sport and stadium operations or any other operation for entertainment purposes.

  • Carrying cargo and packages - this involves the use of RPAS and AAM to transport cargo and package types, from small last-mile deliveries to large long-distance cargo transport.

    Learn more about cargo carrying RPAS and AAM through our short explainer video.

  • Inspections and imaging - this involves the use of drones to capture still and video images for information, research or data-gathering purposes. This may include the use of LIDAR and other imaging equipment.

  • Passenger-carrying in urban and regional environments (urban air mobility and regional air mobility) - this involves AAM aircraft (for example electric vertical take-off and landing, also known as eVTOL) being used to transport people in urban areas, from urban to regional centres, and between regional centres.

    Learn more about passenger-carrying AAM through our short explainer video.

  • Sport, recreation and education - this involves model aircraft and drones operated for non-commercial purposes including for personal use, first-person view racing, and use by educational institutions.

  • Surveying and monitoring - this involves the use of RPAS to survey and check specific infrastructure, assets or environments. This may also include search and rescue, and shark spotting operations. This category also considers activities occurring at higher altitudes, such as operations using long endurance pseudo satellites.

  • Training - this involves all aspects of teaching and making sure operators can fly and maintain RPAS and AAM.

  • Research and development - this involves all activities needed to develop or gain insight into an aircraft, operation or technology that has to do with RPAS and AAM.

    Learn more about the research and develop activities taking place through our short explainer video.

Published date: 3 June 2022
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