CASA UAV updates now in effect

The changes that CASA, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia, announced in April legislation governing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Australia has come into effect.

The previous legislation, CASR Part 101 was published in 2002. The UAV technology has come a long way since then, making the legislation well out of date.

CASA now identifies UAVs below the weight of 2kg to be of lower impact and has relaxed the requirements to operate this class of UAVs. Operators of UAVs below the weight of 2kg will not be required to be in possession of a Controllers Certificate (license for the Pilot) and an Operators Certificate (for the business) to operate for hire or reward if certain conditions are met. The senseFly eBee and albris (previously eXom) are both part of this weight category.

Another significant change is to operators of UAVs below the weight of 25kg. Businesses will be able to operate their own UAVs below the weight of 25kg over land owned or occupied by them without the requirement to be in possession of a Controllers and Operators Certificate if certain conditions are met.

Please be aware that this is preliminary information and is subject to change. For further information, review this overview, the Legislation website, or contact your local office to see how you can benefit from the new regulations.