Australian drone industry lauds emerging aviation technologies paper
The Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS), Australia’s peak industry body for the drone and emerging Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) sector, has welcomed the government’s release of a national policy issues paper for emerging aviation technologies.
Dr Reece Clothier, president, AAUS, said drones are already been used in many beneficial applications from revolutionising how we farm, fight bushfires, manage our infrastructure, to ensuring swimmer safety on our beaches.
“We are only scratching the surface of what drones and AAM could offer, and this issues paper represents an important first step towards unlocking their full potential.
“Australia has a long history of being pioneering when it comes to aviation innovation and we have a lot to gain from continuing in that tradition,” he said.
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 industry engagement.
The industry welcomes its release and the holistic and coordinated national approach that it reflects, Dr Clothier said.
“We need to recognise that drones and AAM are quite literally bringing aviation into our communities. Safety will always be paramount, but in order for this industry to succeed, we need comprehensive policy that consistently and concurrently addresses all community concerns.”
A national approach was also considered essential. “Aviation doesn’t conveniently stop at state or local government borders - we need a policy and regulatory framework that sets a consistent standard for aviation operations no matter where you fly in Australia.”