NFRM 1309OS - Remotely piloted aircraft systems
On 14 May 2014, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) published Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) 1309OS - Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems - Amendments to CASR Part 101. The purpose of this NFRM is to set out CASA's disposition of comments received to the NPRM, which invited public comment on proposed changes to:
- allow RPA with a gross weight of 2 kilograms and below to be used commercially without the requirement to hold a remote pilot licence (RePL) or an RPA operator's certificate (ReOC)
- update the current terminology used within Part 101 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) and bring it into line with the latest terminology used by ICAO as found in Annex 2 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation - Rules of the Air
- clarify the current requirements for remote pilot training and certification
- remove redundant requirements and simplify the process for approval.
- provides a background of the regulatory policy proposed and consultation undertaken
- discusses the submissions made in response to NPRM 1309OS
- provides an analysis of the responses and gives a CASA response and disposition
- discusses the impact and gives an explanation of the changes
- provides the final legislative changes and associated advisory materials.
CASA received 90 responses to the NPRM; comments varied widely, with many respondents having opposing points of view to each other about the same proposals. Two of the respondents established petitions with a total of 430 persons signing the petitions.
CASA would like to thank those who participated in the consultations on the issues addressed in the NPRM. The input of stakeholders who are directly or indirectly affected by change proposals is appreciated and valued in our regulatory development process.