There are new technical requirements for RPA, commonly known as drones. The new rules are contained in the Part 101 (Unmanned Aircraft and Rockets) Manual of Standards (MOS) 2019.
Primarily they affect commercial and professional RPA pilots and operators – however, most of these rules will not come into effect for another 12 months. This is to ensure industry is ready, particularly RPA training organisations.
Right now, you don’t have to take any action. CASA is currently developing guidance material to help with the transition, including advisory circulars and templates.
However, you should be aware of two new rules in effect immediately:
Introducing specific requirements for the on-going approval of extended visual line of sight (EVLOS) operations
Ensuring there is a buffer between your RPA and any controlled airspace above it.
The other rules due to commence in 12 months include training and competency standards for remote pilot licences (RePL) and standing approvals for certain kinds of operations near aerodromes. Requirements for RePL training instructors will commence in 18 months.
We’ve also published the responses to our public consultation on an RPA registration and accreditation scheme – more information on how it will work coming soon.
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