30 April 2021

CASA has announced an important step in cutting red tape for commercial drone operators is about to be taken.

A trial of a streamlined approval process for commercial drone flights near three capital city aerodromes will start in May 2021. The six-month trial will run at Canberra, Perth and Adelaide aerodromes.  It means remotely piloted aircraft operator certificate (ReOC) holders will be able to apply through a CASA-verified drone safety app for approval to fly in designated areas within three nautical miles of the aerodromes.

This digital and automated process will reduce application processing times from weeks to minutes. The designated areas have been identified as safe for drone operations and will not place normal manned aircraft operations at risk.

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