A trial is being conducted for digital authorisations for commercial Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) operators in the vicinity of civil controlled aerodromes.
CASA and Airservices Australia have recently announced a joint trial of digital authorisations for commercial RPA operators around civil controlled aerodromes. The purpose of this trial is to prove the capability to digitally authorise requests. Currently, they are submitted and assessed via a paper-based process.
The trial is only available to approved RPA operators who are CASA-certified using only people who hold a remote pilots license and a radio qualification. It does not include recreational drone flyers.
The trial will initially run for 6 months commencing in May 2021 at Perth (YPPH), Adelaide (YPAD) and Canberra (YSCB) airports. Authorisations will only be available to approved RPA operators and will be confined to areas below 400 ft AGL. The designated areas have been identified as safe for RPA operations and will not place normal manned aircraft operations at risk.
A NOTAM will be published at each of the aerodromes for the duration of the trial.
Please see the attached paper for further information.
Sharon Marshall-Keeffe – RPAS Branch, CASA