Published on March 12, 2014
Remotely Piloted Aircraft in civil airspace John F. McCormick, Director of Aviation Safety
RPAs Global Hawk Heron ScanEagle
RPAs as a policing tool • RPAs have become a recognised cost effective policing tool throughout the world. • CASA is engaged with manufacturers and operators of large RPAs examining ways in which they can be used for surveillance, border protection and control.
RPAs as a policing tool • CASA understand the importance of using RPAs as a policing tool throughout the world. – Australian Police – UK Police – US Police • From CASA’s perspective, obviously the consideration of safety comes to the forefront of our decisions.
Process for approving RPA Operations • The current process for obtaining a RPA operator’s certificate is quite rigorous. • CASA is also looking at developing a special set of regulatory provisions that will allow the use of RPA in emergency situations in a responsive manner whilst operating safely. • CASA is closely working with ICAO.
CASA’s regulatory framework • The Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) Part 101 was promulgated in 2002 and are currently under consideration for amendment. • Our theory and thinking for the new regulatory framework is based on risk – based on consequence and likelihood.
Regulation of administered airspace • CASA has carriage of regulating the Australian- administered airspace.
Privacy concerns • CASA’s role is the regulation of the RPA operations, but we do not have any head of power or any involvement in privacy issues. • Dealing with matters related to privacy is a matter for the Australian Privacy Commissioner.
Challenges • Payloads • Weaponisation • GPS Jammers • Level of autonomy
1. Nature and complexity of the regulated activity and outcome to be achieved 2. Stability of the operational environment in which relevant activities are carried out 3. Willingness and ability of the organisation to take responsibility for its conduct with good judgement and professional expertise 4. Willingness and ability of the regulatory authority to exercise corresponding levels of expertise, integrity and good judgement 5. Sufficient level of trust between the regulator and the regulated
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