Surf surveillance remote-controlled aircraft trial stalled for CASA assessment

THE trial of surf lifesaving’s “eye in the sky” has stalled pending a safety assessment by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

The new remote-control surveillance aircraft, a collaboration between Surf Life Saving Queensland and hi-tech firm V-TOL Aerospace, was set to take to the air at North Stradbroke Island today.

A trial over Flinders Beach, between Adder Rock and Amity Point, was planned to test the unmanned aerial vehicle, which can be fitted with a camera, flotation devices and a shark alarm.

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