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.

ACUO Proposes a National UAS Industry Strategy

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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.

Australia About to Certify its 150th Unmanned Aircraft Operator

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A major milestone is about to be recorded by the Australian unmanned aircraft industry with the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to certify its 150th certified unmanned aircraft system (UAS) Operator this month, a 50% increase in the number of certified UAS Operators since May this year.

'Eye's In the Sky' Report Is Timely But Confuses Impact of RPAS Deregulation With Opportunities for Enhanced Privacy Structures

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ACUO notes today's release of the report 'Eyes in the Sky' by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs (SPLA) and provisionally backs the six recommendations of the report, but is deeply concerned that the Committee has stepped outside its terms of reference in providing unqualified support for the proposed deregulation of the sub 2kg category of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), as is being sought by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) under its Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) 1309OS.

Concern for aviation safety in a key proposal of CASA NPRM1309OS

ACUO believes a key proposal of CASA's Notice of Proposed Rule Making, NPRM 1309OS, may have significant safety and risk implications for all aviation interests in Australia. ACUO provides an alternative solution and makes 2 key recommendations to improve the safety and integrity of the RPAS industry in Australia.

Federal Government Aviation Safety Regulation Review Report Fails to Address Unmanned Aircraft Safety Matters

The Australian Certified UAV Operators Association (ACUO) provisionally welcomes yesterday's release of the report of the Aviation Safety Regulation Review, but expresses concern that a major opportunity to examine the broad range of challenges posed by the increasing numbers of commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) has been missed.

Australia now has more than 100 certified UAV Operators

A major milestone has been recorded by the Australian unmanned aircraft industry with the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) having now certified more than 100 commercial UAV operators. The milestone was reached during the course of last week.

Illegal unmanned aircraft operations pose significant safety challenge

The Australian Certified UAV Operators Association (ACUO) is calling for the current Federal Government Aviation Safety Regulation Review to back a harder line to combat the growing problem of illegal unmanned aircraft operations.

ACUO at Parliament House Canberra

ACUO was invited to Parliament House Canberra on February 28th to take part in a roundtable inquiry into privacy issues related to the civilian use of RPAS. The House Of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs (SPLA) convened the inquiry following concerns the regulatory framework may not be keeping pace with technological development.

New global role for ACUO

The association of Australian Certified UAV Operators Inc. (ACUO), Australia's peak industry association for commercial unmanned aircraft, is to take up a seat on the International Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Coordination Council, the pre-eminent global policy coordination body for this important sunrise industry.