Category: Australasia

Call to minimize drone impact on wildlife

adalaide

University of Adelaide environmental researchers have called for a ‘code of best practice’ in using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for wildlife monitoring and protection, and other biological field research. The researchers, from the University’s Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF) or Adelaide Drone Hub, say that drones are a useful tool for field research and their…

New Zealand:- Pilots Welcome Guilty Verdict of Drone Operator

airnz

The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) welcomes the decision of the Christchurch District Court earlier today, in finding a drone operator guilty of flying in restricted airspace and endangering a helicopter pilot at Pines Beach, near Kaiapoi. RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems), or ‘drones’, offer incredible opportunities to carry out tasks that conventional…

Forest fire multirotor operator guilty on all counts

DJI-Phantom-2-Vision-Plus

Judge Gary MacAskill found Canterbury, New Zealand man Simon Roy Reeve, guilty for filming a forest fire in January of 2015. The court hearing took three days and was heard by the judge only. The fire at Pines Beach near Christchurch had manned fire helicopters on task. Although Judge MacAskill agreed that Reeve was not…

Queensland Gas Company (QGC) to fly ScanEagle BVLOS

skyhook

Insitu Pacific have announced that after 18 months of successful trials, natural gas company , a Shell-owned business, is introducing the ScanEagle Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) to inspect gas wells, pipelines and processing facilities. Insitu Pacific Managing Director Andrew Duggan said the unmanned Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations had never before been…

Orbital ships first production UAV engines

orbitalwave

Orbital Corporation Limited (ASX: OEC) (“Orbital” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce first shipment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (“UAV”) engines and propulsion systems to Insitu Inc. (“Insitu”), a subsidiary of The Boeing Company (“Boeing”). In August 2015, Orbital announced an Insitu order for UAV engine and propulsion systems with a contract value of A$12…

New Zealand bush fire case begins

Blackmount-Rural-Fire

The trial of Simon Roy Reeve, 38, has started in the Christchurch District Court. He faces three charges – causing unnecessary endangerment and two charges of flying the drone in controlled airspace without permission. Flights took place in Pines Beach on two different occasions. The footage made it onto local TV. Civil Aviation Authority prosecutor…

Australia’s New Drone Rules: New Devils in the Details

ACUO

Whilst the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority has sought to widely promote its new drone rules as a boon for industry, devils reside in the detail and safety stands to be compromised. What wasn’t widely publicised by CASA are its ‘new’ Standard Operating Conditions, which all operators of drones (known in the industry as Remotely…

CivSec 2016 – Free Conference and Seminar

civ-sec-2016-header

AAUS  in association with CivSec Australia will be hosting a free conference and educational seminar at CIVSEC 2016. The event will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on June 1, 2016. The morning conference will focus on the utility of unmanned systems in civil security applications.  Key note speakers include Anthony Patterson (Cobham), Peter Smith (Textron Systems), Dr Derek Rogers (Saab Australia), Dr…

Australian UAV’s Comments on CASA’s Proposed Sub 2kg Drone Amendments

AUAV

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), has recently announced amendments to the regulations governing the operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, more commonly known as drones). Australian UAV is of the opinion these amendments need further consideration for their potential safety impacts, as they threaten to increase the risk of serious accidents. Such an outcome would be a setback…

Free months trial of Propeller:-Commercial operators: turn single flights into repeat work with Propeller

propelleroffer

Use the coupon code SUASNEWS (details below) and please drop a line telling us how you got on GM A message from Rory… I run Propeller (www.propelleraero.com), and we let you deliver your drone data in an easy to use/share/measure web platform. Propeller began wanting to build drones, however our first customers were still looking…