Editor’s Note: This article was updated in September 2018
Between 2 May 2018 and 14 August 2018, drone activity was suspended due to recruitment of a new University Chief Remote Pilot.
During this time, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) confirmed that no operations involving drones, or remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), were to be conducted. Penalties apply for breaches of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulation 1998 – Part 101.
The University conducted a recruitment process for the role of Chief Remote Pilot following a restructure of the in-house drone operational support service provided by URAF.
The CRP is responsible for ensuring compliance with CASA’s obligations, industry best practice and insurance requirements on behalf of the University. Only the Chief Remote Pilot is authorised by CASA to approve drone operations. For more information on the regulation of drones please refer to the on-line summary: Drones and the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998
Drone operations recommenced on 14 August 2018 after the appointment of Mitch Bannink as the University’s new Chief Remote Pilot.