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Current and future regulatory requirements that impact on the safe commercial and recreational use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and associated systems
The report is divided into three parts, consisting of a total of eight chapters. Part I of the report comprises Chapters 1 to 3 and focuses on the current system and structure of RPAS regulations:
the remainder of Chapter 1 considers the growing use and application of RPAS, and the respective opportunities and challenges that have emerged as a result;
Chapter 2 sets out Australia's regulatory framework in relation to RPAS, including the 2016 amendments to the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998; and
Chapter 3 considers the evidence before the committee regarding RPAS incidents and regulatory responses both within Australia and worldwide.
Part II of the report comprises Chapters 4 to 6, with a focus on possible improvements to RPAS management in Australia:
Chapter 4 considers the implementation of measures that allow for the identification and education of all RPAS operators. Measures discussed include a registration regime, and mandatory education requirements for all operators;
Chapter 5 discusses a number of enforcement measures directed at the safe and lawful use of RPAS, including the restriction or prohibition of RPAS use in certain airspace, and the delegation of enforcement powers to local authorities; and
Chapter 6 gives consideration to the use of technology-based solutions such as geo-fencing and 'detect and avoid' systems. The need for airworthiness standards for UAS and the potential for unmanned air traffic management is also discussed.
Part III of the report comprises Chapters 7 and 8 and draws together the evidence informing the committee's views and recommendations:
Chapter 7 discusses the need for a holistic approach to RPAS management, with wide-ranging stakeholder consultation, and a whole of government framework; and
Chapter 8 provides the committee's comments and recommendations.