Project OS 11/20 - Review of Regulations and Guidance Material relating to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
CASR Part 101 was promulgated in 2002 in anticipation of civil operations of unmanned aircraft. At the time there was little civil operational experience to draw on from other States and as a consequence there was limited detail included in the regulation or guidance material relating to pilot qualifications, risk management, airworthiness operational approval processes etc. Effectively the regulation only provided a basis for CASA oversight with minimal guidance to Industry.
CASR Part 101 relied heavily on the rules governing model aircraft and the terminology at the time referred to them as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). ICAO is reshaping the regulatory framework for unmanned aircraft globally and the term UAV has been replaced with the more correct terms of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), as appropriate, where RPAS is a subset of UAS. Throughout the documentation, "unmanned aircraft" or "unmanned aircraft system" will be used as all-encompassing terms, whereas "remotely-piloted aircraft" or iterations thereof will refer only to the piloted subset.
Similarly, the terms used for the crew members who operate RPA have been changed to reflect their role by the introduction of the term Remote pilot, which more correctly shows that these aircraft are not 'unmanned' but rather have a human pilot in the loop, albeit operating remotely.
The project objective is to provide an up to date regulation and more comprehensive guidance to industry on the regulatory requirements and approval processes for commercial operation of RPAS in Australia. The amended regulation and guidance material will consider the long term integration of RPAS into normal aviation operations in all classes of airspace.
The project will be undertaken in two phases.
Phase 1 will involve amendments to CASR Part 101 and the development of an NPRM - 1309OS - Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Terminology and Weight Categorisation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft. This will ensure that the Australian aviation safety requirements are up to date and make the terminology consistent with ICAO. A suite of Advisory Circulars will be developed to provide guidance to the industry, as follows.
- AC101-1 - General
- AC101-4 - Training and Licensing
- AC101-5 - Operations
- AC101-6 - Manufacturing and Initial Airworthiness
- AC101-7 - Maintenance and Continuing Airworthiness
- AC101-8 - Safety Management/Human Performance
- AC101-9 - Applying for an Operators Certificate
- AC101-10 - Operations in Controlled Airspace
Phase 2 will consist of a complete re-write of the regulation resulting in a new CASR Part 102 for RPAS.
This project was approved by Peter Boyd, EM Standards Development & Future Technology on 21 July 2011
CASR Part 101
Project Leader: Craig Brown , Standards Officer - Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)
Project Sponsors: Peter Boyd (EM Standards), Gerard Campbell (EM Operations), Peter Fereday (EM Industry Permissions)
Standards Consultative Committee (SCC)
|Consultation updates in 2016|
|AC 101-01 v2.0 - Remotely piloted aircraft systems - licensing and operations||This final AC has been published.||21 December 2016|
|Draft AC 101-01 v2.0 - Remotely piloted aircraft systems - licensing and operations||
All comments should be sent to the Project Leader, Craig Brown by close of business 29 September 2016.
|14 September 2016|
|AC 101-10 v1.0 - Remotely piloted aircraft systems - operation of excluded RPA (other than model aircraft)||This final AC has been published.||14 September 2016|
|AC 101-05 v1.0 - Functions and duties of RPAS maintenance controllers||This final AC has been published.||14 September 2016|
|Draft AC 101-10 Remotely piloted aircraft systems - operation of excluded RPA (other than model aircraft)||
All comments should be sent to the Project Leader, Craig Brown by close of business 9 September 2016.
|26 August 2016|
|Consultation updates in 2014|
|NPRM 1309OS - Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems||Comments close 16 June 2014||14 May 2014|
|Consultation updates in 2011|
|Project OS 11/20 - Review of Regulations and Guidance Material relating to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)||Project approved.||25 Jul 2011|