3 September 2020

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications have released a National Aviation Policy Issues Paper on Emerging Aviation Technologies. You can find a copy of the AAUS’s corresponding media release here:

AAUS Media Release

The Issues Paper presents the initial position of Government on the development of policy for the drone/remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) sectors. The scope is broad, reflecting the Government’s “whole-of-government” approach to the sector covering issues from safety regulation, airspace integration, noise, privacy, security, environment to the Government’s approach to industry engagement. The Issues Paper is open for public comment until the 31st October. A copy of the Issues Paper can be found on the Department website:

https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/drones/

This is a landmark document – an important first step in the journey to define a comprehensive policy set that will guide all future Government decision making in relation to our industry. AAUS welcomes its release and the holistic and coordinated national approach that it reflects.

AAUS will be putting together a detailed response and is seeking input from all of its members. Stay tuned for further details on how to get involved and have your thoughts represented in our response.

AAUS has also arranged for Mr Simon Moore, Assistant Secretary, Safety and Future Technology from within the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development & Communications (DITRDC), to provide AAUS Members with a dedicated virtual Q&A session. Stay tuned for dates and details in the coming days.

In the meantime, Simon has recorded a short video for the release of the Emerging Aviation Technologies Issues paper.

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