Time to Build an Australian National Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) System

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The Association of Certified UAV Operators (ACUO) is calling for the Federal Government to launch a program to design, develop and implement a continent-wide unmanned traffic management (UTM) system as the only viable means of achieving the safe integration of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) – called drones by the general public – into national airspace.

Federal Transport Minister Announces New Drone Safety Review

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Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has today announced a review of aviation safety regulation in relation to the operation of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), commonly known as drones.

Drone Safety Review a Welcome Start – Doesn’t Address Immediate Safety Issues

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The association of Australian Certified UAV Operators Inc. (ACUO) has welcomed today's announcement for a Drone Safety Review by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester MP. 

ACUO welcomes Defence plan for local RPAS design, development and rolling manufacture

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The association of Australian Certified UAV Operators (ACUO) welcomes today's announcement by senior Department of Defence capability planners of a plan for local design, development and rolling production of small military unmanned aircraft systems.

Australia’s New Drone Rules: New Devils in the Details

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Whilst the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority has sought to widely promote its new drone rules as a boon for industry, devils reside in the detail and safety stands to be compromised. What wasn’t widely publicised by CASA are its ‘new’ Standard Operating Conditions, which all operators of drones (known in the industry as Remotely Piloted Aircraft) must abide by when the new regulations take effect at the end of September this year.

ACUO – CASA Executive Meeting Discusses Regulatory Enforcement

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The President of ACUO, Mr Joe Urli, met with CASA’s CEO & Director of Aviation Safety, Mr Mark Skidmore, on March 8th to discuss a raft of issues of high importance to certified UAV Operators. Top of ACUO’s list was visible and effective enforcement of current and future RPAS regulations.

Qld Meet & Greet

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The ACUO will be hosting an informal meet and greet gathering next Friday at a convenient location central to SEQ operators. The ACUO will provide a moderate bar and nibbles tab. We hope to see you there so that you can network with fellow RPAS Operators.

Call for launch of South Pacific airspace safety initiative

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The association of Australian Certified UAV Operators (ACUO) is calling for the establishment of a Federal multiagency working party to look at how Australia can aid South Pacific nations develop appropriate regulatory regimes allowing safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in their skies.

An Australian Counter Unmanned Aircraft System – ‘Drone’ – Security Initiative

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The association of Australian Certified UAV Operators Inc. (ACUO) has called for the establishment of a regional counter-unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) initiative led by the Australian Department of Defence as part of stepped up engagement with ASEAN and allied nations aimed at offsetting and overcoming a rapid global proliferation of threat systems.

ACUO submits National UAS Industry Ecosystem Foundation Document

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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.