Category: Australasia

New Zealand bush fire case begins

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

Australia:- Revised CASR 1998 Part 101 Regulations to Come into Effect in October

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Dr Reece Clothier President, AAUS Today the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) advised that the amendment to Part 101 of Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR 1998) has been registered on the Federal Register of Legislation. You can view the amendment here: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2016L00400 This has been a long time in the making. AAUS representatives have been active participants on the CASA…

Complier Enterprise: RPAS Training and Solutions merged with VDOS Global

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VDOS GLOBAL LLC AND RPAS TRAINING AND SOLUTIONS PTY LTD HAVE ANNOUNCED THEIR MERGER FORMING COMPLIER ENTERPRISE. This merger establishes a new market dominating force for both SME and Enterprise Clients in the UAS industry with offices and operations on the three continents of North America, Australia and Africa. “We don’t make the Drones, we…

Australia Post mulls drone delivery trial

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Australia Post boss, Ahmed Fahour told the Australian Financial Review Business Summit today (16 March) that the company is considering trialing the use of drones for deliveries in some rural areas. “I know there are some retailers right now that we’re working with, and I’m hoping later this year we’re going to do some trials,” Fahour…

Shark spotting Little Ripper to patrol NSW beachs

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A Vapor 55 from American company Pulse Aerospace was revealed Sunday as a shark spotting drone in Australia. Well that’s what most headlines are going to see, including ours. Westpac Lifesaver Helicopters are undertaking trials. If things go well at the end of the six months of operations Westpac would like to roll out drones at…

Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) warns of possible fines.

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It has been brought to the attention of the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) of illegal operations of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) and aerial devices. The public, operators and owners are advised that there are certain restrictions imposed on the use of these equipment as they may endanger aircraft operations and the public at…