RPAS SORA Working Group

The primary role of the AAUS SORA Working Group will be to engage with CASA and JARUS to provide Australian RPAS industry with a voice to address relevant issues associated with the content, interpretation, and consistency of application of the SORA.

Terms of Reference

  1. Provide a unified voice for AAUS members to CASA in Australia and internationally on matters relating to the SORA.
  2. On behalf of AAUS members, continue to maintain clarity on what the process is within CASA for the application of SORA and advise on any likely developments with SORA in the next 12 – 24 months.
  3. Develop key interactions between CASA and Industry to inform AAUS members and help them improve SORA applications and compliance.
  4. Identify industry issues and challenges with the current application of SORA, and related guidance material and communicate them to CASA
  5. Engage with regional regulators in New Zealand and the South Pacific to support and promote a level of harmonisation of SORA application across the region
  6. In partnership with CASA, explore opportunities to reduce red tape and cost associated with SORA applications and approvals.

Working Group Members

  • Andrew Duggan (Insitu Pacific, Chair)
  • Jake Andrew (The Institute for Drone Technology)
  • Kristian Cruickshank (Airservices Australia)
  • Paul Dewar (Consultant / AAUS Board)
  • Zac Kennedy (Swoop Aero)
  • Jackie Dujmovic (Hover UAV)
  • Terry Martin (Nova Systems)
  • Simon Hooper (Precision Autonomy)
  • John Perkins (JFP Services)
  • Rob Sutton (Mirragin)
  • Greg Tyrrell (AAUS)

Current Projects

  • Creation of a SORA Issues register to identify and resolve industry wide issues with application of the SORA process in Australia in collaboration with CASA.
  • Exploring the use of SORA for emergency services including BVLOS bushfire related drone operations.

AAUS Member Input / Feedback

AAUS engages regularly with the CASA RPAS Team and often communicates problems that AAUS members are experiencing with the regulations.  CASA has been very receptive of this approach and we hope to be able to influence outcomes on behalf of the RPAS industry. 

AAUS welcomes input from our membership and the broader RPAS community in this regard.  To submit a suggestion or issue you are experiencing with SORA approved operations in Australia, please fill in the register (link below).  Our Working Group will be in touch to follow up.

Register a SORA Issue or Suggestion

The RPAS SORA Working Group will communicate its progress against objectives on a regular basis via AAUS newsletter and other communication channels.  From time to time we will seek AAUS membership input via surveys, but we welcome input and feedback at anytime.

Contact Greg Tyrrell