The following policies and submissions have been made by ACUO in support of the commercial unmanned aviation sector of Australian aviation.
ACUO has lodged a major submission to the Australian Senate References Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade inquiry into Australian Defence Force usage of unmanned systems. The submission sets out 41 recommendations which collectively provide a foundation for a national industrial ecosystem for Defence usage of UAS, with significant emphasis on leveraging the inherent capabilities of the 200 certified operators already trading in Australia.
October 31st 2014 - Submission to the Australian 2015 Defence White paper
ACUO has submitted a 23 point submission to the Australian 2015 Defence White Paper development process, seeking an expanded focus on Australian industry engagement in future Defence UAS capability development. The centrepiece of the submission is a proposal for a national UAS industry strategy, this aimed directly at matching Defence and government decision making on UAS capabilities with Australian manufacturing, support and operations companies. The submission gives particular emphasis to development of new roles for small to medium enterprises working in the UAS sector.
February 28th 2014 – ‘Commercial RPAS and Privacy’
ACUO made this submission to the House Of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs (SPLA) looking at ‘Drones & Privacy’. The powerpoint presentation provided the Standing Committee with a comprehensive assessment of privacy issues related to RPAS operations and was well received.
This submission was also made available to the International RPAS Coordination Council under the auspices of UVS International, and on request to the Alaskan Legislature in their determination of privacy issues related to RPAS operations in Alaska.
January 31st 2014 – ‘Submission to the Aviation Safety Regulation Review’ (ASRR)
ACUO made this submission to the ASRR panel after serious concerns about aviation safety in the face of mounting illegal & unauthorized RPAS use in Australia.
ACUO called for a harder line to be taken and for new resourcing for CASA to better manage the growing unmanned aviation sector.