Drone News Aust

September 2020

Author: AAUS

Welcome

Welcome to the September edition of the AAUS Advocate.

For those of you locked down in Melbourne, I hope your sense of humour remains in tact and that you are safe and well.

We have been extremely busy this month responding to 2 CASA consultations and 2 senate inquiries as well as preparing for some small events.  Our membership working groups remain busy and are providing excellent input into our advocacy efforts.

This month the Government released a policy issues paper on emerging aviation technologies.  We welcome the paper and look forward to adding an AAUS voice to the development of policy that will impact our industry.  Submissions in relation to the Government paper are due by October 30 and we will keep you informed and seek your input.  Mr Simon Moore, Assistant Secretary, Safety and Future Technology from within the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development & Communications, has generously agreed to provide AAUS Members with a dedicated virtual Q&A session. Stay tuned for dates and details in the coming days.

It is great to have some small events underway during October.  Check out or webinar on the Defence Force Structure Plan 2020 on October 6 and also for those in Brisbane we will be co-hosting a networking event with Mirragin Unmanned Systems on October 14 that promises to be a great evening.  AAUS appreciates the support of the ADF and event sponsors to make these events happen.

Best Regards,

Greg Tyrrell

AAUS Executive Director

In Case You Missed It
Government releases National Emerging Aviation Technologies Policy Issues Paper

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications have released a National Aviation Policy Issues Paper on Emerging Aviation Technologies.

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Deakin University releases White Paper on AAM

Deakin University has released a white paper that evaluates the opportunities and next steps for Advanced Aerial Mobility (AAM) in Australia, focusing on eVTOL aircraft in the passenger and freight context.

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Unmanned Aircraft Levy Bill referred to Senate Inquiry

On 3 September, the provisions of the Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Levy) Bill 2020, and the Civil Aviation Amendment (Unmanned Aircraft Levy Collection and Payment) Bill 2020 were referred to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport for inquiry and report.

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Wing Drone Delivery Services set to Expand in Australia

Google’s drone delivery service, Wing, is set to expand to new locations in Australia in the coming months after successful trials in Canberra and Logan, Queensland.

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Tasmanian UAV Engine Company wins Defence Grant

Tasmanian company Currawong Engineering considered a world leader in the production of small engines for UAVs has received a Defence Global Competitiveness Grant.

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Australia beaches to be patrolled by drones all summer to ensure social distancing with BIG fines for lawbreakers

Surf Life Saving NSW President George Shales said he hopes beachgoers respect the measures, particularly regarding social distancing. Yet, despite drones circling the busiest NSW shorelines, Director of Lifesaving, Joel Wiseman, said it isn’t the job of lifeguards to actively police such rules.

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Pioneering tracker drone keeps high eye on endangered animals

Conservation ecologist Dr Debbie Saunders is difficult to pin down for an interview; at first attempt a colleague says she’s out of range while tracking critically endangered regent honeyeaters through the bush.

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Energy Networks Australia Industry Innovation Award

Demonstrating the capabilities of Australian developed technology, AAUS member, Infravison, in partnership with TransGrid has been recognised as a finalist in the 2020 Energy Networks Australia Industry Innovation Award. Infravision has been working with TransGrid since 2019 to develop an RPAS powerline stringing program and has delivered multiple projects in support of the New South Wales transmission network

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AAUS Working for You
Advocacy work this month has focused on:

  • Position Papers / Submissions: AAUS has responded to a number of consultations and inquiries this month including:

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AAUS submissions:

AAUS Submission – Senate Standing Committee RRAT – Australia’s General Aviation Industry 20200914.pdf

AAUS Submission – Senate Standing Committee RRAT – Unmanned Aircraft Levy Bill 20200929.pdf

AAUS Submission – CASA Consultation on Proposed RPA Charges 20200914.pdf

As you will read, there is some overlap in the submissions but we felt that it was important to be consistent in our messaging.  Thanks to our industrious advocacy working group and membership working groups for your contribution to these submissions.

  • SORA working group has only recently been established but we’ve developed our Terms of Reference which are now up on the AAUS website for members to digest and comment on, and we’ll soon be setting up and issues register so members can directly submit comments or concerns on SORA for us to review and act on.

During our last working group meeting we also discussed the challenges relating to SORA and airspace access in general to support bushfire response. While the application of the SORA is not the only factor in being able to see some real world advances in the use of RPAS for emergencies and bushfire response, it is one of the key elements and the WG will be working directly and through the AAUS Executive to put our position with NAFC, State Fire Authorities and CASA to endeavour to bring all the parties together to  achieve progress in this space

  • RPAS MOS Working Group  has been very active discussing the issues that arise regularly in relation to CASR Part 101 and the Part 101 Manual of Standards (MOS). An industry issues register has been sent out for members to access and provide comments on areas of the MOS that are of concern. We have been analysing these comments to develop a unified position on behalf of the members where we hope to influence CASA’s position. The working group is also busy developing a RPAS Operations Manual template that will be available to industry.  Visit the our website for more information.
  • Advanced Air Mobility Working Group has been working on our terms of reference and action plans for the future, including organising a global Air Taxi summit in Melbourne next year.  We are reviewing the recently released Federal Issues Paper on Emerging Aviation Technologies (which includes both drones and eVTOLs) and we have contributed to a study being done by a consultancy firm for the Victorian Government to develop an Air Taxi Blueprint for Victoria.  For other working group information, refer to our website.
  • Maritime Working Group are you interested in joining our newest working group?  Please email [email protected] to register your interest.
CASA Update
Luke Gumley (Branch Manager RPAS, CASA) provided the following update to AAUS today:

The RPA registration and operator accreditation system is now available in the myCASA portal.

We’ve published content on our website that includes helpful videos on how to register and accredit.  This is information is available at https://www.casa.gov.au/about-us/news-article/drone-registration-and-operator-accreditation-are-now-open  Our virtual assistant has also been extensively updated to assist with any questions clients may have about the process.

The link above also provides information about the recently released MOS update and new Direction instrument.

Tech Corner 
Robotto is a Danish software company finding innovative solutions to implement robotics and AI in order to better equip humanity in the fight against climate change. Wildfires are a critical hazard, and due to the impact of our current climate crisis they are increasing in size, frequency and severity. A clear example is the bushfires that struck Australia last year, burning over millions of hectares of land, affecting millions of people, taking billions of animal lives and costing billions of dollars in wildfires efforts and damages. This events are not isolated to Australia, but rather happening across the world, and this is why in Robotto we have designed a system that can help in this fight.
AWRA, which stands for Autonomous Wildfire Recognition and Analytics drone, is a drone platform that autonomously navigates, collects and process data on the size, location, direction and hotspots of the fire. With this system we allow firefighters to gain situational awareness, to make more educated decisions, allocate their resources more efficiently, and save lives. This platform can operate at night, allowing it to be coordinated with the day time extinction efforts and it uses thermal and rgb footage to give a complete, accurate image of the fire.

The potential for this software is to be implemented onto other use cases including search and rescue, wildlife control, or aerial inspection of infrastructures, just to name a few. This will allow Robotto to build an emergency management information platform that can help tackle the effects of climate change. Robotto is now ready to launch AWRA into the world, and grow their company at an international scale, starting with Australia, where AWRA can help better equip emergency services should a similar severity of bushfires arise again.

Upcoming Events
AAUS Event Calendar
6th October, 2020
AAUS Defence Force Structure update live webinar
14th October, 2020
Brisbane Networking event
26th November, 2020
AAUS AGM, virtual event
10th & 11th March, 2021
AAUS RPAS in Australian Skies 2021 conference
1st – 3rd June, 2021 Brisbane
AAUS Unmanned Systems in Defence conference at LandForces 2021
15th – 17th June , 2021 Brisbane
AAUS From Maybe to Mainstream conference at RotorTech 2021
14th & 15th July, 2021 Melbourne
UAM Summit 2020
OTHER EVENTS
12th & 13th November, 2020
World of Drones congress

03 June 2020 

QinetiQ News Release

QinetiQ Australia has been awarded a contract to design and construct an unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flight test range (FTR) on behalf of the Queensland Government.

The FTR will be located at Cloncurry Aerodrome in North West Queensland and will consist of access to a commercial quality runway, dedicated hangar and workshop, range control centre, range control system including a primary surveillance radar and other surveillance and tracking equipment, dedicated airspace and regulatory approvals for UAS FTR operations.

QinetiQ Australia Managing Director Greg Barsby said, “The Queensland Government has a vision to be a world leader in UAS technologies and QinetiQ is proud to support this through the creation of the flight test range facility at Cloncurry.”

“Together with our partners, QinetiQ manages some of the world’s most advanced range facilities across the land, maritime and aerospace domains. By drawing on our global experience, QinetiQ and our partners will deliver this facility, the largest of its kind in the region.

“The QinetiQ team is looking forward to working with the Queensland Government, Cloncurry Shire Council and regional SMEs to develop this facility. It will be a critical component in the overall drone ecosystem, as an enabler and connector of high-technology UAS programs and initiatives.”

The initial capability offered by the facility will support all weight classes of UAS for routine flying operations, demonstration activities and test and evaluation trials of moderate complexity. Future phases of development will support the full range of ground and flight test activity, providing an Australian home for the conduct of highly complex developmental test programs.

Queensland Minister for State Development, Tourism and Innovation Kate Jones said the project will provide a key missing element for UAS research and development. “The Queensland Government was the first in Australia to launch a drone strategy, and now we’re well on the way to becoming the nation’s drone technology capital.”

Ms Jones said QinetiQ, a leading science, engineering and defence technology company has been appointed to manage the construction of the facility which is expected to be finished later this year.

This contract award reinforces QinetiQ’s position as the leading expert and partner for the development and management of mission critical test and evaluation ranges.

Welcome

Author: AAUS

Welcome to the May edition of the AAUS Advocate.

Although we are based from home during this COVID-19 crisis, it has been a busy month for the Board and staff of AAUS as we continue to represent our members and run our first ever virtual event RPAS in Australian Skies 2020.

The RPAS in Australian Skies 2020 virtual event has enjoyed a great roster of Government and industry contributors participating in live panel sessions, recorded presentations and forum discussions.  We have had great support from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, CASA, Airservices Australia, the ATSB and Defence.  The event is still running and is being followed by 250 delegates.  For our members, we have released one of the live panel sessions on the subject of CASA drone safety apps.

Importantly for AAUS, the event calibrates us and provides information and data to form positions on issues that affect our membership.  To that end, AAUS will be forming 4 new industry working groups to address some key items emerging within our industry.  The working groups will focus on areas such as unmanned traffic management, urban air mobility and RPAS operations.  (For more information, see AAUS Working for You section below).

Best Regards,

Greg Tyrrell

AAUS Executive Director

In Case You Missed It
Alphabet’s drone delivery service Wing has made ‘thousands’ of deliveries in Australia during the pandemic

And plenty of people have been using the service over the past few months as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Wing found that the use of its service has risen 500% between February and April, including in Australia.

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CASA Exemption for BVLOS Licensing

CASA have released an exemption to enable the holder of a remote pilot licence to operate a RPA beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) without having passed an IREX examination as required by the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998.

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CASA Survey of RPAS use in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Industries

CASA are interested in the current and potential uses of RPAS technologies in Australian agriculture. This study will inform CASA’s understanding of RPAS use in agriculture and how it could foster innovation in the agriculture sector through the reform of CASA regulations. It will remain open for response until Sunday 31 May 2020.

Take the survey

RPAS in Australian Skies 2020 – Live Panel Discussion on CASA Drone Safety Apps

While the AAUS RPAS in Australian Skies virtual event is still running for registered delegates, we are delighted to share the attached recorded panel session with our members. In the video, you will hear discussion on the 4 CASA approved drone safety apps.  It features representatives from the App developers.

View Video

 AAUS Working for You
Advocacy work this month has focussed on:

·         Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements:  Last month we reported that AAUS made a submission to the Royal Commission on the use of RPAS to compliment or enhance existing existing firefighting capability.  This month AAUS responded to a Notice to Give Information from the Royal Commission and AAUS President Reece Clothier will appear before the Royal Commission in early June.

·         Participation Aviation Sector Representation:  AAUS represented membership this month at ASTRA Council, Aviation Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), General Aviation Advisory Network (GAAN and The Australian Aviation Associations’ Forum (TAAAF).  Of note is that the ASTRA Council have formed a working group to look at low level airspace matters including the integration of drones.  Note, AAUS is setting up a membership working group to provide input and feedback to this ASTRA initiative (see below).

  • RPAS Chemical Application working group: The role of the RPAS Chemical Application Working Group is to provide industry with a voice to address relevant issues and roadblocks associated with chemical application from drones.   This month the working group responded to an invitation from the Deputy Director-General and Chief Biosecurity Officer  to provide comment on a proposal to remake the Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Regulation 1998.  Read AAUS WG response.
  • Call for Expressions of Interest for AAUS Working Groups:  Like most AAUS events, the RPAS in Australian Skies 2020 virtual event will serve to inform ongoing advocacy efforts and drive action on behalf of our membership.  We have had a terrific roster of Government and Industry speakers contributing to the event and ongoing discussion.  AAUS sees the need for more coordinated representation on specific areas affecting our membership and seeks nominations from members to be part of the following working groups:
  • UTM Working Group:  To identify and communicate industry needs to input into Government agencies on the development of an Australian UTM
  • UAM Working Group: To identify and commence engagement with relevant stakeholders to enable Urban Air Mobility.
  • RPAS Operator MOS Working Group: To identify and communicate RPAS operator issues and needs to CASA in relation to operations defined in the Part 101 Manual of Standards.
  • RPAS Operator SORA Working Group: To identify and communicate RPAS operator issues and needs to CASA in relation to complex operations that require SORA approval.

Please send expressions of interest outlining your background and which group you are applying for to [email protected] before June 12.  (Numbers to each working group will be limited).

February 2020

Welcome

Author: AAUS

Welcome to our February edition of the AAUS Advocate.

This month, we announced the finalists for the AAUS Industry Champion Awards 2020. We are delighted to be in a position to recognise individuals and organisations that are making a significant contribution to the unmanned systems industry. When we look through the high calibre list, it is reminder on how quickly our industry is developing.   The winners will be announced at the AAUS Gala dinner in Canberra on March 26.  The dinner is held in conjunction with the RPAS in Australian Skies 2020 conference.

Preparation for these events (and others) is keeping our Membership and Events Manager, Sally Burt extremely busy.  We have recently announced that we will be hosting a UAM Summit in Melbourne during November. For a list of what we have coming in 2020, see the Events section below.  Our events continue to generate great discussion while providing delegates with a great opportunity to meet like-minded professionals in industry and government representatives.

We also released a drone industry survey this week and it will be open for another week.  If you haven’t done so already we encourage you to complete the survey as it is important to AAUS as we develop our advocacy strategy for 2020 and beyond.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Greg Tyrrell

AAUS Executive Director

In Case You Missed It
AAUS Industry award finalists announced

Over 100 nominations were received for the 5 award categories highlighting the strength of our rapidly developing industry.  The finalists make an impressive list of individuals and organisations.

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AAUS Drone Industry Survey

AAUS is conducting research on what’s important for the growth of the Australian drone industry and we’d love to hear from you.  We plan on using the information to shape our advocacy strategy moving forward.

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Drones and Thermal Imaging: Saving Koalas injured in the Bushfires  

Victorian forest and wildlife officers, with the help of the Victorian Police, are using drone technology in a search and rescue operation for koalas affected by recent bushfires.

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Triton Program at RIsk?

Is the RAAF’s planned acquisition of six Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned high-altitude long-endurance maritime ISR systems potentially at risk.

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Update from CASA

New CASA-verified drone safety apps

CASA-verified drone safety apps provide customised location-based information about where you can and can’t fly your drone. We’re excited to announce three new drone safety apps are in development for release in the coming weeks. Until then, OpenSky is the first CASA-verified drone safety app to be released and it’s available now. You can download the mobile app from Google Play or the App Store, or use the web-based version.

https://www.casa.gov.au/knowyourdrone/drone-safety-apps

AAUS Working for You
Advocacy work this month has focussed on:

  • RPAS Training and Licensing:  AAUS retains a seat on the Australian Industry and Skills Committee Aviation Industry Reference Committee (IRC).  The Aviation IRC has overseen the development of Remote pilot training packages including the Cert III in Aviation (Remote Pilot VLOS) and Cert IV (Remote Pilot BVLOS).  We are currently exploring the applicability of these training packages for CASA licensing purposes (RePL and BVLOS endorsement).
  • ATS-B Consultation: CASA is proposing to amend the standards and requirements for Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) technology used in aircraft operated under the visual flight rules (VFR).  The proposal would expand the existing standards to permit the use of lower cost ADS-B equipment that could, on a voluntary basis, be used in VFR aircraft – primarily to enhance situation awareness and therefore improve flight safety.  AAUS will make a submission to the consultation (closing March 13).  AAUS members who wish to contribute to the submission should contact [email protected]. Alternatively, you can submit your views at the following CASA website.
  • RPAS Chemical Application: The role of the RPAS Chemical Application Working Group is to provide industry with a voice to address relevant issues and roadblocks associated with chemical application from drones.  The working group continues to meet on a regular basis and will update the membership as milestones are met.
Upcoming Events
REGISTER
RPAS in Australian Skies 2020 Speaker Profiles 
Simon Atkinson

Secretary, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Mr Atkinson has extensive government and public policy experience. Prior to his appointment as Secretary, Mr Atkinson served as Deputy Secretary, Fiscal Group at the Treasury. Since joining the Australian Public Service as a graduate, he has held senior roles in many Australian Government portfolios, including Infrastructure and Regional, Finance, Defence, and Prime Minister and Cabinet. Mr Atkinson is an alumnus of the University of Queensland with bachelor degrees in Science and Law. He is a barrister and solicitor of the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of NSW. Mr Atkinson holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jayne Heatley

Partner, Norton White Lawyers

For over 10 years, Jayne Heatley has advised clients on a range of commercial and corporate transactions in Australia and the Asia Pacific region in the aviation, airports and Defence industries. Jayne’s experience includes advising on: Regulatory approvals for civil RPA operations and the sale of businesses involved in the operation and maintenance of target drone systems air traffic rights Government procurement.

AAUS Gala dinner & Industry awards
Event Calendar
March 25-26, 2020 Canberra
AAUS RPAS in Australian Skies 2020 conference
March 26, 2020 Canberra
AAUS Gala Dinner and Industry Awards
May 2-3, 2020 Wollongong
Wings Over Illawarra NSW Drone Expo
June 17-18, 2020 Brisbane
AAUS From Maybe to Mainstream conference at RotorTech 2020
September 1-3, 2020 Brisbane
AAUS conference at LandForces 2020 (Details coming soon)
November 17-18, 2020 Melbourne
UAM Summit 2020

January 2020

Welcome

Welcome to the first AAUS newsletter of 2020.

As normal in Australia, January has disappeared in flash and thoughts of Christmas have been quickly forgotten as the bushfire disaster continues to grip SE Australia.  Individuals from the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) and many of the state-based agencies are AAUS members and we extend our sincere gratitude for your outstanding efforts battling the bushfires and protecting our communities.

For AAUS, January has seen our Board of Directors involved in planning sessions to focus on our advocacy and membership engagement activities for the coming year.  We will publish these soon and in the meantime we will continue to engage with the membership through a number of working groups to better understand and represent  the evolving needs of our membership.

The following working groups are currently active and open for membership participation:  Noise regulation, Chemical Application, NextGen and Training.  Please contact me if you want to contribute.

2020 will be a massive year for AAUS events as we attempt to cater for all demographic groups within our membership.  Many of these are detailed below but I’d like to point out a few highlights:

  • We have secured senior Government and industry speakers for our RPAS in Australian Skies conference to be held in Canberra in March.  Government policy for the regulation of our industry is being shaped and the conference is a good opportunity to get up to speed on these matters and hear from leading industry professionals.
  • AAUS has partnered with Wings Over Illawarra Airshow to present the NSW Drone Zone.  There are great opportunities and discounts for AAUS members to participate.
  • AAUS continues to partner with our old friends at AMDA Foundation to present the “From Maybe to Mainstream” conference at RotorTech 2020.  This event will have focus on the use of drones in emergency services as well as agriculture, mining and infrastructure inspection.  We are expecting strong participation from our fire and police agencies and the event will be a great opportunity to explore the expanding role for drones in emergency services and other commercial applications.  The RotorTech 2020 expo and conferences are free for delegates to attend.
  • AAUS has secured key Government and Industry support to host a UAM Summit in Melbourne in mid-November.  You’ll hear more about this in coming weeks.

I hope to catch up with you soon.

Best Regards,

Greg Tyrrell

AAUS Executive Director

Upcoming Events
BOOK YOUR REGISTRATION FOR RPAS 2020
RPAS in Australian Skies 2020 Speaker Profiles 
Jason Harfield

CEO, Airservices Australia

Jason Harfield was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 9 March 2016, beginning his career with Airservices as a flight data officer in Adelaide in 1989. With more than 30 years of experience in aviation and the air traffic management industry, Jason has been a core member of the Airservices Executive Leadership Team since 2005. His executive leadership roles included leading the safety and future services functions as well as leading and transforming the air traffic control operations through the introduction of new services, advanced airport capacity and air traffic flow management capabilities, whilst reinvigorating Airservices largest operational workforce.

Stephen P. Luxion, Col (Ret) “Lux”

Executive Director, ASSURE FAA Center of Excellence for UAS

Colonel (Retired) Stephen P. Luxion is the Executive Director of ASSURE (Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence) led by Mississippi State University. Steve is responsible for leading the alliance of 23 of the world’s leading research universities and its industry partners.  ASSURE is the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).  ASSURE provides the FAA a wide-ranging UAS research portfolio and conducts specific research funded by the FAA to help inform and address the key challenges to safely and efficiently integrating UAS into the National Airspace System.

Lux is a 34 year US Air Force veteran with over 2,500 hours flying time in the F-111 Aardvark, MQ-1B Predator UAV; and the F-14A Tomcat and EA-6B Prowler while on exchange with the US Navy; including 700 hours combat time in operations over Iraq, Bosnia, and Afghanistan.  For his combat efforts, Colonel Luxion was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor, 4 Air Metals, and 7 Aerial Achievement Medals.

Reinaldo Negron

Head of UTM for Wing

Reinaldo Negron leads Wing’s product development for UTM and Operator applications; UTM integration activities in the U.S., Australia and Europe, including how UTM services can provide SORA mitigations reducing operator risk; standards development including at ASTM;  and fostering industry collaboration such as the InterUSS Open Source project. Reinaldo brings the perspective of an operator, service provider and manufacturer, and engages regularly with a broad range of stakeholders including ICAO, CANSO, CAAs and ANSPs, Federal, State and Local law enforcement as well as hobbyist and commercial UAS pilots and operators. He is a passionate advocate for the emerging UAS ecosystem and the role that UTM can play in accelerating access to the sky.

AAUS Gala dinner & Industry awards
Register for AAUS at RotorTech 2020
UAM Summit sponsorship prospectus
Event Calendar
March 25-26, 2020 Canberra
AAUS RPAS in Australian Skies 2020 conference
March 26, 2020 Canberra
AAUS Gala Dinner and Industry Awards
May 2-3, 2020 Wollongong
Wings Over Illawarra NSW Drone Expo
June 17-18, 2020 Brisbane
AAUS From Maybe to Mainstream conference at RotorTech 2020
September 1-3, 2020 Brisbane
AAUS conference at LandForces 2020 (Details coming soon)
Mid November 2020 Melbourne
UAM Summit (Details coming soon)

December 2019

Welcome

Welcome to the final AAUS newsletter of 2019.

It has been an extremely positive year for AAUS reflected by:

  • Continued growth in our membership numbers and activities on behalf of our membership.
  • A stronger financial position that is invested back into our activities.
  • Continued AAUS conferences and seminars which provide industry with strategically important events to engage with potential customers and collaborators.
  • Increased advocacy efforts and membership representation.
  • The roll out of several new initiatives adding value to our members.

2020 promises to be a bigger year and we are excited by some new initiatives that we will roll out early in the new year.

On behalf of the staff and Board at AAUS, I’d like to thank you all for your support during the year and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Greg Tyrrell

AAUS Executive Director

Introduction to new Board members 2020 

We are pleased to introduce the newest members of our board.

Jackie Dujmovic

Who you work for/ your organisation and what you do? Founder and CEO of Hover UAV.

How long have you been a member of AAUS? 2 Years

Why did you decide to apply for the AAUS Board? I am extremely passionate about all of the unmanned industry sectors and feel this was going to an opportunity to share my passion, energy and experience to assist the industry move forward in a safe and efficient way.

What do you see the biggest challenges for our industry? I would say over the next few years it will be the further integration of autonomy and society acceptance as a whole. I also see challenges as the roles of drivers and pilots move to a more low arousal system monitoring tasking.

What would you like to achieve during your time on the board? I would like to achieve more openness and collaboration within the industry. I would like to see more opportunities for new members to connect with more experienced members along with lots of learning opportunities not just at our major centres but also to our regional and rural areas.

Anthony Marsh

Co-Founder of AirAssess – Roof inspections for the insurance and building industry. I am also the CRP for Monash University.

 I’ve followed AAUS since jumping into the RPAS industry in 2014, member for the past 3 years.

 I’ve served on a number of committees/groups over the years (incl. two AAUS advisory groups) and wanted to further contribute to the growth of the RPAS industry. AAUS have positioned themselves as the industry voice and are well respected within the sector and by the regulator. 

I think regulations will be an on-going challenge, both in their ability to keep pace with the developments in technology and industry’s desired applications, but also the ability for industry (from dabblers to established professionals) to keep up with / understand the regulatory changes – e.g. the Manual of Standards (188 pages!), Registration and Accreditation amendments, potential noise regulation, other instruments etc.

I hope to continue the growth of the association through its events and increasing the value for members. Specifically, I’d like to advocate for improved efficiency in applications, approvals etc (looking forward to the RPAS Digital Platform!) and to establish a new advisory group to tackle some of the issues facing the tertiary sector.

Jake Campbell

I work for Northrop Grumman Australia as the Triton Program Director

I have been a member of AAUS since September 2019 (straight after I joined Northrop Grumman)

I wanted to serve on the board to contribute to the development of Unmanned Systems in Australia.  In particular, I am interested in the regulatory structures being developed for unmanned systems and I am keen to see risk managed (not risk averse) outcomes for industry.

As the use of unmanned systems grows, the biggest challenge will be to ensure industry remains cohesive, continues to communicate amongst each other and can develop a collective voice on key issues.

During my time on the board, I would like to develop a broader understanding of the entire industry, not just the Defence sector I am familiar with.  In doing so, I hope to contribute to debate and see sensible regulatory outcomes that benefit the entire Australian community.

Jonathan King

AVCRM Group – CEO – Risk and Compliance Software as a Service for multiple sectors within Aviation including RPAS.

How long have you been a member of AAUS? 1 year

Why did you decide to apply for the AAUS Board? Very passionate about the industry and would like to help all sizes of industry with issues operating RPAS in AUS.

What do you see the biggest challenges for our industry? RPAS is the new kid on the block and is just starting to be taken seriously.  Being able to integrate into the aviation ecosystem in a way which is created fair for all sectors and the wider community to see that ‘Drones are for good’!

What would you like to achieve during your time on the board?For AAUS to strengthen its hold as the leader in RPAS organisations within Australia through creating stronger membership schemes and events which contribute to greater membership value.

Whats Making News
Summer violence leads police to monitor Melbourne’s beaches

Drones will monitor the behaviour of beachgoers at summer trouble spots such as St Kilda as police prepare to crack down on violent behaviour along the coast.

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Turning the vineyards sideways: how winemakers weather the drought

Climate change and the prospect of more frequent and severe droughts are discombobulating Australia’s $6 billion wine industry, reliant as it is on a fruit acutely sensitive to rainfall and temperature.

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Interview: Naturally Organic Formations of Australia’s Shark Bay As Seen From Above

The Shark Bay World Heritage site in Western Australia is one of most colorful and diverse landscapes in the world.

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Events
Event Calendar
March 25-26, 2020 Canberra
AAUS RPAS in Australian Skies 2020 conference
March 26, 2020 Canberra
AAUS Gala Dinner and Industry Awards
May 2-3, 2020 Wollongong
Wings Over Illawarra Dronezone (Details coming soon)
June 17-18, 2020 Brisbane
AAUS From Maybe to Mainstream conference at RotorTech 2020
September 1-3, 2020 Brisbane
AAUS conference at LandForces 2020 (Details coming soon)

November 2019

Welcome
Welcome to the November edition of the AAUS Advocate.

This week AAUS held its Annual General Meeting in Melbourne and it was great to see so many members turn up and also hang around for the Christmas BBQ that followed.

The AAUS Annual Report was presented and election of new Board members were ratified by members.

The AAUS Board consists of 15 professionals who freely volunteer their time for the benefit of AAUS, our members and the greater industry.  Often their work for AAUS takes place after working a full week in their day jobs.  At this years’ AGM, members voted in 4 new Board members – Jake Campbell (Northrop Grumman), Jackie Dujmovic (Hover UAV), Anthony Marsh (AirAssess) and Jonathan King (AVCRM).  While we welcome in these fresh faces we also celebrate the outstanding achievements of outgoing Board members – Dr Andrew Lucas, Scott Harris, Daniel Lipshut and Mark Stevens.   Amongst these, Andrew Lucas has been on the AAUS Board for the past 10 years championing a burgeoning Industry.  We thank them and wish them the best moving forward.  Knowing the individuals, I’m sure that they won’t be lost to AAUS.

At the AGM, members also ratified the re-appointment of the executive positions for a further 2 years.  These positions include our President Reece Clothier, Vice President Anthony Patterson and Secretary Warren Ludwig.   This group has been the backbone of AAUS for many years and work tirelessly in the background on behalf of our members.

Our Board are already busy working on new initiatives for the benefit our membership including greater representation and advocacy work through to the creation of new events.

Best Regards,

Greg Tyrrell, Executive Director AAUS

AGM Results
.Read Annual Report
AAUS Board members Ludovic Grosjean, Peggy MacTavish and Paul Dewar (on the BBQ) enjoying the AAUS Christmas BBQ celebration in Melbourne.
In Case you Missed It
AAUS releases RPAS Noise Regulation position paper

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport Cities and Regional Development is working on noise regulation for drones.  An AAUS membership working group has been working in the background and has developed an industry position paper.
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CASA RPAS Digital Platform

For those who missed it (including us), CASA are now accepting applications from software developers wishing to connect to the RPAS hashtagDigital platform. The first round of applications closes on the 10th of December.

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CASA Issues fine to Sydney Drone Operator

CASA has issued a fine to Sydney drone operator for multiple breaches of the regulation.

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Queensland Government announces Flight Test Facility

The Queensland Government has announced the creation of a new flight test facility for unmanned aircraft to support ongoing innovation in aviation.
Read more

Spies in the skies: WA Police to hit criminals with surveillance drone force

The state government will be deploying a new fleet of state-of-the-art aerial drones, which will be used in criminal investigations and search and rescue operations.
Read more

AAUS Working for You
This month, we performed the following work representing AAUS members:

  • Completed position paper on RPAS noise regulation and submitted it to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (DITCRD).
  • Stood up a membership working group to represent industry in the area of RPAS chemical application.
  • Attended the Australian Aviation Associations Forum (TAAAF) quarterly meeting.
  • CASA meeting to work on training requirement and licensing endorsement for BVLOS operations.

Anyone wishing to participate in AAUS membership working groups should contact [email protected]

Member Spotlight
Name: Jackie Carpenter
Organisation: One Giant Leap Australia
Do you have a nick name? Miss J
How long have you been a member of AAUS? A few months
What drones or products do you operate or represent? A variety of drones from Eachine mini drones to DJI Phantoms.
What is a typical day for you? No such thing as a typical day. Everything from space and drone education in schools, community events all over the country to presenting at state, national and international conferences.
What is your top tip for anyone in our industry? Strive for best practice. Be a great role model. Share and succession plan.
What do you see as the biggest challenge of our industry? Lack of diversity.
What might someone be surprised to find out about you? I have been to Space Camp USA 19 times and have a model of Discovery Shuttle signed by 20 astronauts and a flight director.
What is something you can’t live without & why? Making a difference. Providing life changing opportunities for all Australians is what drives me. My mother taught me – make your life mean something.
If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be and why? Leonardo Da Vinci. I’d love to sit and talk to him about his dreams and visions. I’d then get him to make a drawing for me – one of those lovely pencil ones…worth millions.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be? Sausages, onion gravy, mashed potato and peas.
What’s your favourite movie? Up – ‘Never give up on your dreams because many adventures still await.’ ‘Life’s too short so smile while you still have teeth.’
What would you want most, flying cars, robot housekeepers or moon cities? Moon cities of course! Imagine what that would be like! Bags not cleaning up the moon dust in the house….
AAUS Events
RPAS in Australian Skies 2020

Confirmed Speakers:
– Shane Carmody (CEO / DAS, CASA)
– Jason Harfield (CEO, AirServices Australia)
– Greg Hood (CEO, ATSB)
– Simon Moore (Air Traffic Policy, DITCRD)

Call for Papers open until Dec 20
Early Bird registration open
Read more

Welcome

Welcome to the September edition of the AAUS Advocate.

In this month’s edition, we chat to Luke Gumley of CASA, report on RPA noise regulations and provide speaker profiles for  our “Autonomy in the Maritime Domain” conference which will be held at Pacific 2019 in Sydney next week.

Also, checkout opportunities with Army and the Department of Environment and Energy in the “In Case you Missed It” section below.

Best Regards,

Greg Tyrrell, Executive Director AAUS

In Case you Missed It
Release of World’s first BVLOS remote pilot training package

AAUS is proud to have supported the effort led by Australian Industry Standards.  A long haul but thanks to all those in industry who contributed.

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The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development release an RPA issues paper in relation to RPA Noise Regulation.

The RPA issues paper and Specialised Aircraft issues paper are now available to provide comment on.

Read More

Defence has released an Invitation to Register for LAND 129 Phase 3.  

The ITR will close on 14 October and is now live on AusTender:

https://tenders.gov.au/Atm/Show/96aa7d43-8d17-4938-ac0f-3e26133ba551  

The Department of the Environment and Energy has released a Request for Tender (RFT) for provision of 2 VTOL platforms.   

The RFT is now live on AusTender:

https://www.tenders.gov.au/Atm/Show/eacaf30f-e148-412e-baef-c44504c91f82

CASA Update
This week we caught up with Luke Gumley, Branch Manager RPAS, CASA, to discuss a number of concerns from our membership around the SORA application process and the CASA RPAS Platform.  Luke’s responses are below;

SORA application processing times

AAUS: We understand that long delays are being experienced in gaining CASA approvals for complex (SORA based) RPAS operations.  Industry are reporting periods of up to 6 months from initial application to obtaining an outcome for relatively simple operational requirements.  In working through some examples, the cause of these delays stem from (i) CASA “finding its’ feet” with new SORA processes, (ii) Industry “finding its’ feet” understanding the new SORA process and requirements, and (iii) insufficient CASA resources to meet industry application rate.  These delays are adding considerable cost to industry and adversely impacting their business.

LG: Apart from highly complex applications, such as package delivery in urban environments and very high altitude long endurance platforms, CASA is not aware of any applications for SORA that have taken 6 months or longer to process.  CASA did have one operator that made enquiries of CASA, requesting a BVLOS approval before selecting an RPAS, with the duration from the initial enquiry to the BVLOS approval exceeding 6 months, however CASA achieved the timelines agreed to once an actual application had been made.  I am happy to review any applications from your members that are experiencing a delay, if you are able to provide the company name, ARN and a contact person along with their contact details.

Australian remote airspace for application in SORA

AAUS: Members are reporting that SORA is not totally suitable for Australian context (particularly lack of suitable risk category for remote BVLOS operations).  As we understand from the CASA workshops that our members have gone through, the current SORA process is not well adapted to the extremely remote BVLOS work that we are applying for in Australia. Accordingly CASA is making a number of exceptions in order to reduce the SORA risk category sufficiently to allow approval. This is permitted under the SORA but is not a long term fix and essentially completely devalues the point of adopting the SORA in the first place from a BVLOS perspective because industry can no longer use it anywhere else globally and say we are “SORA compliant”. Instead we would be operating under a set of exceptions, unique to Australia and based on practical risk assessment. This has led to inconsistency in outcomes between SORA derived approvals and former complex approval process which is adversely impacting industry for approvals that were once considered safe.

LG: CASA recognised that the application of SORA in remote airspace in Australia was creating potential restrictions and/or barriers that were not commensurate with the risk profile of operations in such locations. CASA is not aware of making exceptions and accordingly, CASA does not agree with the premise that the SORA has been devalued.  CASA is aware an existing ReOC holder leveraged the SORA process conducted by CASA in its application in another country which allowed an expedited approval process.  CASA has reviewed the application of SORA for such remote airspace and developed policy documentation that provides greater operational flexibility than the SORA would otherwise provide.  This has resulted in CASA issuing several BVLOS instruments to one operator that utilised the new policy documentation.  This reflects CASA’s commitment to ensure that internationally recognised processes such as SORA are fit for purpose for the Australian context.  This policy documentation will form part of the intended discussions at the next SORA working group meeting.

CASA intends to share its observations in the use of SORA at the next JARUS working group meeting (subject to the agenda item being accepted by JARUS).

SORA and BVLOS guidance material

AAUS: There appears to be a lack of CASA documentation on SORA process and requirements of industry when applying for complex RPAS operations.

LG: The RPAS team continues to develop guidance material for both SORA and BVLOS.  Such guidance material, as I am sure you can appreciate, is challenging to develop as each operational concept for an operator is different.  Since presenting on SORA at the AAUS conference, CASA has received a large volume of enquiries about BVLOS approvals.  These discussions have indicated there are varied levels of understanding about the operational risks of BVLOS operations.  The material being developed is being tailored to those looking to understand ‘the basics’, and more comprehensive material for those with an advanced understanding.  Would AAUS be interested in assisting CASA with the review process in the coming weeks?

CASA initiatives

AAUS: Can you provide any updates on other CASA initiatives?

LG: Concurrent with the development of guidance material on BVLOS/SORA, CASA continues to progress its service delivery transformation capabilities.  This year, CASA released the capability for training organisations to submit RePL applications online on behalf of the student, and the student receiving near instant issuing of their RePL, wholly online.  Similarly, for ReOCs that are not making changes to their ReOC, they can complete renewal wholly online.  These services continue to be built upon so that CASA can offer even more services to RPAS operators in an online environment.

CASA also continues with the development of the CASA RPAS Platform.  In the coming weeks, we will inviting third-party app developers to submit an application to join the Platform.  https://www.casa.gov.au/drones/industry-initiatives/digital-platform provides the latest information and will be updated with more comprehensive information on the application process once it opens.  CASA is working with Airservices on standardised data for the Platform, which in turn will assist industry with accurate information at their fingertips, customised for RPAS operations.  CASA and Airservices are also progressing the development of automated permissions within 3NM of a controlled aerodrome via the Platform.  This body of work is complex, however CASA and Airservices is committed to assisting industry by reducing processing times for these approvals.

You may have noticed that CASA has also released a new look for its RPAS pages on both the CASA main website www.casa.gov.au/drones and www.droneflyer.gov.au  We’ve introduced a ‘Know your drone’ brand particularly relevant to recreation flyers, a virtual assistant to help with enquiries, launched two new drone safety videos for recreational and excluded RPA operations (available on our websites), and launched our ‘Drone safety advocate’ program https://www.casa.gov.au/drones/industry-initiatives/safety-advocates with retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers.

AAUS Working for You
It’s been another busy month on the industry advocacy front AAUS representing our members in discussions with CASA (see CASA Update) and the Department for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development on RPAS Noise regulations

On the RPAS noise matter, AAUS has formed a Noise Advisory Group consisting of AAUS members.  The group is meeting weekly and will be submitting an industry perspective paper to the Department following the recent industry issues paper and call for consultation.

This month we also attended the Australian Autonomous Vessel Forum led by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).  AMSA are engaging with industry as they look at regulation of autonomous vessels.  AAUS will keep members informed on opportunities to engage with AMSA as they arise.

AAUS Events
Pacific 2019 Speaker Profiles
SPEAKER PROFILE

Dr Helen Cartledge
Director of the Maritime Autonomous & Remote Underwater Systems, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group

Presentation: Maritime Autonomous Systems Program

  • CASG’s strategic overview on the development of Maritime MCM Capability.
  • RAN’s challenges in littoral spaces: problem statement and background knowledge
  • Future directions: trends and threats, integration and interoperability.

Followed by Q&A : Opportunities for Industry Engagement – Creating partnerships with Industry and Academia?

SPEAKER PROFILE

Bernard Ferrier

Bernard FERRIER is a Systems Engineering and Technology Assistant (SETA) in NAVAIR PMA-266 with the primary task of intergrating and deployment of Fire Scout MQ-8series and its technologies, such as, the ONR Landing Period Designator

Presentation

Resolving the conflict between ship design and UAV Launch and Recovery deck limits; the development of enhanced dynamic interface study tests

Our AGM will be held on 27th November at 4pm in our Melbourne office.
44 Lakeview Drive, Scoresby 3179Followed by a BBQ from 5pm
All AAUS members are welcome to attend.Please RSVP for the BBQ to
[email protected]
Industry Events
Non affiliated events of interest
UAV Challenge – Medical Rescue 2019
12 & 13 October 2019
Calvert, Queensland

June 2019

Welcome
July 2019
Welcome
Welcome to the July edition of the AAUS Advocate.

This month, AAUS held two significant industry events in Canberra – the RPAS in Australian Skies 2019 conference and the inaugural AAUS Gala Dinner.  It’s been a busy time and we are thankful for the support of event sponsors and speakers that make the events possible and memorable.

We learn a lot from the discussions these events generate and after we’ve had time to collect our thoughts, AAUS will be engaging with our membership on a number of issues facing our industry before going into bat with ongoing advocacy efforts.

Some takeaways from the gala dinner and conference from my perspective:

  • Australia has a very capable emerging industry as witnessed by the high calibre of nominations for the AAUS Industry Champion awards.  An impressive list of award winners were announced at the gala dinner and included LTCOL Keirin Joyce (Leadership), Anthony Marsh (NextGen), Sypaq Systems (Innovation), Team Rubicon Australia (Humanitarian Achievement) and Aviassist (Education & Safety).  Read more about the winners.
  • In response to the 2018 Senate inquiry report, Simon Moore from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development  (DITCRD) gave us
    clear evidence that an all of Government approach to RPAS policy development is well underway.
  • CASA is streamlining its BVLOS approval processes with standard scenarios for Moderate BVLOS operations in remote areas.  Expect to see more information from CASA in late-August.
  • The full adoption of ADS-B across VFR manned aviation could be inexpensive (with low cost solutions being explored) and will significantly increase the scope for BVLOS RPAS operations in remote areas.
  • DITCRD is conducting a review to determine the appropriate scope and breadth of future noise regulation for RPAS operations, particularly in urban environments.  Look out for opportunities to get involved in the consultation process in the near future or participate in the AAUS working group (see Noise Advisory Group below).

I look forward to catching up with you soon.
Best Regards,
Greg Tyrrell, Executive Director AAUS

 In Case you Missed It
Horizon “drones” disaster ProfiCNC responds to the BBC

I personally grew up listening to the BBC on the long wave radio in east Africa as a child in the 80’s.
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Australian Drone Licence scheme delayed
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has delayed the roll out of a nationwide drone registration scheme, with recreational users not expected to need to register for the scheme until mid to late 2020.Read More
Canberra drone service Wing could continue despite lack of noise rules

Delivery drone company Wing has applied to extend its licence to fly in Canberra’s north until early next year, as it embarks on the next phase of its divisive service.
Read More

AAUS Recognises Industry Champions
AAUS is proud to recognise individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to the Australian Unmanned System Industry.  The winners were announced during the AAUS Gala Dinner held in Canberra on July 17.Read More
RPAS in Australian Skies 2019 presentations 

The AAUS RPAS in Australian Skies 2019 was held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra on July 17-18.   Presentations are now available to be downloaded.

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Member Spotlight
Name: Michael Nas (Nas is pronounced like the NAS in NASA!)
Organisation: I am a Principal Associate with Bennett + Co Corporate & Commercial Law. We are a 75-person independent law firm based in the Perth CBD, Western Australia.
Do you have a nick name? “Nasy” or “Nashy”. The second comes from a friend’s father, who could not accept my last name only had 3 letters and always saw fit to add an “h” onto the end!
How long have you been a member of AAUS?
I’ve been an AAUS member since 2016.
What drones or products do you operate or represent?
I have a DJI Mavic, strictly for fun.
What is a typical day for you?
I work in commercial litigation, mainly in mining, technical and corporate disputes. In my role, I oversee the progression of my matters towards trial. Every day is different… and always busy.
What is your top tip for anyone in our industry?
Collaborate. Managing change is a real challenge. Participation through groups like AAUS can help meet that challenge, and doing so benefits the participant and industry generally.
What do you see as the biggest challenge of our industry?
Drone operations will increasingly interact with society and laws. It will be challenging for industry to know the applicable laws (eg safety/privacy) and anticipate changes as operations expand and laws are tested.
What might someone be surprised to find out about you?
Although I have a 3-letter surname, I have 2 middle names. One is John. The other starts with the first letter of my first name, and ends with the first letter of my last name. The best guess I’ve heard is “Merlin”… but it’s not that!
What is something you can’t live without & why?
My partner, Janelle, who is patient enough to listen to me talk about drones and laws over dinner. We also enjoy escaping and exploring the world when we can.
If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be and why?
I greatly admire former Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna. His commitment to his craft, and passion for his chosen sport, were second-to-none.
What would you want most, flying cars, robot housekeepers or moon cities?
Hopefully all are possible. Flying cars are around the corner. While they would help me travel to work, it is hard to pass up a moon city holiday!
AAUS Working for You
AAUS is represented on many committees that influence important outcomes for the unmanned systems industry. Activities this month have included representation at:

ASTRA Council:  AAUS participates in the Australian Strategic Air Traffic Management Group (ASTRA) and subordinate working groups.  The Council is made up of representatives from Government, AirServices Australia, CASA, the Bureau of Meteorology, the Airlines and Aviation Associations.  The ASTRA Council is currently putting together a working group on UAS Airspace integration to consider aspects of airspace integration for drones including urban air mobility and UAS traffic management (UTM).

CASA:  AAUS maintains a good working relationship with CASA and meets with CASA’s RPAS leadership on a regular basis.   Recent discussions have focussed on some teething problems being experienced by some of our members with respect to complex missions and the application of SORA.  We will keep our membership informed if there is any material outcome on these issues.

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development: AAUS has been in discussion with the Department in relation to Government policy development with respect to RPAS.  We will hear from Simon Moore at the RPAS in Australian Skies conference on this subject.

AAUS Members Advisory Working Groups: 

To better represent our membership, we are establishing membership working groups to action issues important to different industry sectors.   If you are interested in being part of these working groups contact [email protected]

The current membership advisory groups meet once a month and include:

NextGen Advisory Group (under 35):  The role of the NextGen Advisory Group will be to provide relevant expertise and sub 35 age demographic specific insight and advice to the AAUS Board for the future development of advocacy, membership and events guidance in accordance with the agreed policy principles.

Drone Operators Advisory Group:  The role of the Drone Operators Advisory Group is to provide relevant expertise and industry insight to inform the AAUS Board on operational challenges facing our industry including regulatory matters.

Australian Manufacturers Advisory Group: The role of the Australian Manufacturers Advisory Group is to provide relevant expertise and industry insight to inform the AAUS Board on matters concerning this segment of industry and assist in the development of future advocacy work on behalf of industry.

Training Advisory Group: The role of the Training Advisory Group is to provide relevant expertise and industry insight to inform the AAUS Board on matters concerning this segment of industry and assist in the development of future advocacy work on behalf of industry.

Noise Advisory Group: The role of the Noise Advisory Group is to provide relevant expertise and industry insight to inform the AAUS Board on matters concerning the implementation of noise regulations for RPAS operators and assist in the development of  advocacy work on behalf of industry.   This is a short term advisory group.

AAUS Events
   Industry Events
Non affiliated events of interest

Emerging Leaders Forum
Women In Aviation (Australian Chapter)
August 9
Canberra

World of Drones Congress 2019
26 & 27 September 2019
Queensland

Welcome to the June edition of the AAUS Advocate.

This month Melbourne was chosen by Uber Air as its first international test site for the proposed VTOL aerial taxi service.  Obviously there are many regulatory and technical challenges ahead for this project, but it does demonstrate that Australia is seen as a preferred destination for new aviation technologies due to its forward leaning Government and Regulator.

Another international effort is the Google Wing drone delivery service currently in operation in Canberra.  This operation has had its challenges with the public due to the noise of the drone service and this week Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack confirmed that the Government intends to complete a formal review of noise issues by the end of the year.  The review will consider the community noise impact of drone operations, the size, frequency and nature of drone operations (recreational and commercial), and existing safety regulations administered by CASA.  The review serves as a reminder to industry that there are many factors outside of the pure technology that can impact us.

AAUS continues to strive to be a influential player in discussion with Government on a number of issues facing industry.  We sit on a number of committees and working groups with CASA, ASTRA and Government.  This week we participated in the ASTRA Council meeting.  For more details refer to the AAUS Working for you section below.

If you are keen to join the discussion on issues facing our industry, most of the key players from Government and Industry will be participating at the AAUS RPAS in Australian Skies conference on July 17-18 in Canberra.  In conjunction with the conference, we will be holding a Gala Dinner with Industry awards to recognise significant contributions by individuals and companies.  We’d love to see you there.

Best Regards,
Greg Tyrrell, Executive Director AAUS

Speaker spotlights for RPAS in Australian Skies
Clem Newton-Brown, Skyportz
Presentation: Delivering the Infrastructure of the Future Clem Newton-Brown is a lawyer and planning consultant who also has a political background as a former Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne and Member for Prahran in the Victorian Parliament.  He is the founder of Skyportz, a business which aims to establish a network of landing sites across Australia for future use by Vertical Take off and Landing aircraft. The first Skyportz is underway with an application to the Victorian Government to replace the existing helipad on the Yarra River with a multi-purpose facility.
Jean-Guy Blete, Thales
Presentation: Geofencing, Identification and Tracking Solutions
Jean-Guy Blete has been a part of Thales for 30 years.  Starting  in the naval domain: cruise missiles, sonar and torpedoes systems, he then spent  4 years in Australia as Collins submarines Program Manager  before to lead the aeronautics navigation products line.Since 2015, Jean-Guy has led Thales’ UAS avionics business. He is also an active contributor to UAV regulations and is an experienced drone pilot.
Michael Allouche, IAI
Presentation: Facing the Challenges of RPAS Airworthiness Certification and Airspace Integration
Michael Allouche, viewed as a worldwide expert, has accumulated 43 years of professional experience, namely in the field of both manned aircraft certification (Airbus) and unmanned aircraft certification, at Israel Aerospace Industries since 1992, as UAS Airworthiness Manager.Thanks to his active role in the UAS standardisation process, he was recently granted the EUROCAE 2019 lifetime  achievement award.
Support for David
David Skinner, Managing Director of Bask Aerospace is a long term member of the AAUS and a member of our NExtGen advisory group.

Sadly on Saturday the 8th June David suffered from a devastatingly large bleed on the brain, just two hours into his weekend away on the Sunshine Coast. He was taken to Brisbane hospital for neurosurgery and currently remains in ICU care.

If you can assist  please follow the link below.
https://www.gofundme.com/help-dave-through-his-stroke-recovery

We will be supporting David through this difficult time and we may call on our members to assist in other ways in the future.

Bask Aerospace remains operating, if you need to get in touch contact Chris  Wighton at [email protected]

AAUS working for you
AAUS is represented on many committees that influence important outcomes for the unmanned systems industry. Activities this month have included representation at:

ASTRA Council:  AAUS participates in the Australian Strategic Air Traffic Management Group (ASTRA) and subordinate working groups.  The Council is made up of representatives from Government, AirServices Australia, CASA, the Bureau of Meteorology, the Airlines and Aviation Associations.  The ASTRA Council is currently putting together a working group on UAS Airspace integration to consider aspects of airspace integration for drones including urban air mobility and UAS traffic management (UTM).

CASA:  AAUS maintains a good working relationship with CASA and meets with CASA’s RPAS leadership on a regular basis.   Recent discussions have focussed on some teething problems being experienced by some of our members with respect to complex missions and the application of SORA.  We will keep our membership informed if there is any material outcome on these issues.

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development: AAUS has been in discussion with the Department in relation to Government policy development with respect to RPAS.  We will hear from Simon Moore at the RPAS in Australian Skies conference on this subject.

TAAAF:   AAUS participated at the recent The Australian Aviation Associations Forum (TAAAF) meeting held in Canberra where many issues facing the aviation community are raised and discussed.

Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) Technical Advisory Committee: AAUS Board Member Simon Hooper presented at the FSF TAC om RPAS Risk Management in Melbourne in May.  The FSF BARS program includes an RPAS standard that is employed by the mining and Oil & gas sectors.

AAUS Members Advisory Working Groups: 

To better represent our membership, we are establishing membership working groups to action issues important to different industry sectors.   If you are interested in being part of these working groups contact [email protected]

The current membership advisory groups meet once a month and include:

NextGen Advisory Group (under 35):  The role of the NextGen Advisory Group will be to provide relevant expertise and sub 35 age demographic specific insight and advice to the AAUS Board for the future development of advocacy, membership and events guidance in accordance with the agreed policy principles.

Drone Operators Advisory Group:  The role of the Drone Operators Advisory Group is to provide relevant expertise and industry insight to inform the AAUS Board on operational challenges facing our industry including regulatory matters.

Australian Manufacturers Advisory Group: The role of the Australian Manufacturers Advisory Group is to provide relevant expertise and industry insight to inform the AAUS Board on matters concerning this segment of industry and assist in the development of future advocacy work on behalf of industry.

Training Advisory Group: The role of the Training Advisory Group is to provide relevant expertise and industry insight to inform the AAUS Board on matters concerning this segment of industry and assist in the development of future advocacy work on behalf of industry.

May 2019

March 2019
Welcome
Welcome to the March edition of the AAUS Advocate.  It’s been another busy month for AAUS with our activities around the 2019 Avalon Airshow.

Over 250 people attended the AAUS Exploring an Unmanned Future conference in association for Avalon 2019.  The conference featured many great presentations on a broad array of opportunities and challenges for our industry.  Presentations from the conference are now available on our website (https://aaus.org.au/exploring-an-unmanned-future-presentations/).  A great informal networking dinner was also held in conjunction with the conference at  Southbank in Melbourne with Reg Carruthers (Defence SA) and Ryan Both (CEO, Cobham) providing entertaining dinner speeches.

We are now preparing for our largest event of the year with the RPAS in Australian Skies 2019 conference and the AAUS Gala Dinner.  These events will be held in Canberra during July 17-18, 2019.  A call for papers has already been posted and we will soon update our membership on the Gala Dinner that will incorporate industry awards.  Also, we are picking up our seminar series routine again and visiting Perth on April 4 for a seminar on Legal Considerations for RPAS Operators presented by Michael Nas (Bennet + Co).

On advocacy and industry representation, we continue to be involved in many forums.  Significantly this month, we participated for the first time as part of the ASTRA Council.   Read more below in the AAUS Working for You section of the newsletter.

Best Regards,
Greg Tyrrell, Executive Director AAUS

What’s been making news
March 16, 2019  Herding sheep with a drone that barks like a dog

Farmers in New Zealand have found a new way to herd their sheep. They are now herding sheep with a drone, the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise, outfitted with a speaker that barks like a dog. The farmers say that a single drone can do the work of multiple dogs.

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March 13, 2019  Brisbane Gets Purpose-Built Robotics Centre for $23bn Industry

Queensland has furthered its push to be Australia’s technological hub with the announcement that CSIRO’s Data61 division will open a new facility in Brisbane to conduct world-leading research into robotics and autonomous systems.

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March 7, 2019  JARUS publishes streamlined risk assessment methodology to more complex drone operations

The new version of the JARUS guidelines on Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA)”

is now available on the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking of Unmanned Systems (JARUS) website.Read More

March 7, 2019 Drones cause water bombing to stop in WA

A multi-agency investigation has been launched after water bombing aircraft were grounded due to drones flying near bushfires in Western Australia’s south-east. Read More

March 1, 2019 Koala spotting drones 

QUT researchers have developed an innovative method for detecting koala populations using drones and infrared imaging that is more reliable and less invasive than traditional animal population monitoring techniques.  Read More

Member Spotlight
Name: Anthony Marsh

Organisation: AirAssess

Do you have a nick name? Ant

How long have you been a member of AAUS? I’ve been aware of AAUS for a long time, but finally joined 2 years ago.

What drones do you operate? Variety of aeroplanes, multi-rotors and powered-lift RPAs (up to 25kg), but the Phantom 4 Pro and Mavic 2 Pro still get the most air time by far (scalable)!

What is a typical day for you? Not at all typical (which I love), but a mixture of growing the business, coding new features, attending committees/workshops and collaborating with friends/colleagues in the industry.

What is your top tip for anyone in our industry? Don’t just focus on the drone when talking to potential clients, unless of course you’re selling a drone. You need to create and articulate value – focus less on the tech and more on the outcomes that the tech enables.

What do you see as the biggest challenge of our industry? There’s so much untapped potential/value in things such as autonomy, BVLOS and airspace integration, all of which present several challenges in terms of technology, stakeholders management, risk management and regulations among others.

What might someone be surprised to find out about you? I’m totally obsessed with my 4kg teddy bear looking toy poodle named ‘Shuttle’.

What is one item you can’t live without & why? Sadly, I’ve joined countless others in being totally dependent on my phone – mostly because I can do almost anything on it.

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be? I was going to put this as my answer to the previous question – mexican pizza, I love it!

What’s your favourite movie? Bourne series, but if it must be one, I’ll go with the first (Bourne Identity).
What would you want most, flying cars, robot housekeepers or moon cities? Flying cars, not only does this solve the dilemma of not owning a car AND a small plane, but I also find the odd house cleaning therapeutic and I’m concerned about the lack of beaches on the moon.

Technology Corner
This month’s Technology corner focuses on the Callisto 50 Multirotor which is 100% designed, developed and operated in Australia by Freespace Solutions and eirobotix.  

According to Ken King, Managing Director of eirobotix, the Callisto 50 is a multipurpose, heavy lift drone and offers powerful and reliable performance for industrial applications.

The Callisto 50 has been designed for heavy lift operations, slung tether payloads, LiDAR surveying, scientific instrument payloads and includes autonomous mission capability via Arducopter and Pixhawk 2 autopilot system.   The eirobotix / Freespace Solutions team offer custom payload integration and flight operations for customers that just want the data.  The system has recently been trialled by DST Group for testing of a SPAD LiDAR payload.

Freespace Solutions Managing Director, Leonard Hall believes that the Callisto has world leading performance with a maximum takeoff weight of 50kg and 30kg payload capacity while maintaining full propulsion redundancy in the event of a propeller out failure. Flight endurance can exceed >40mins with <5kg payload on the current battery on system (refer to attached graph for details).

Callisto 50 Specifications: (Current to Mar 2019)

Multipurpose heavy-lift drone

Aircraft Type: Multirotor (Octocopter)

Frame Size: 1400mm (Motor to motor)

Frame Weight: 12kg (with landing gear)

Propeller: 30″ (750mm)

Motor: 100kV, 2.7kW rated

ESC: HV 80A rated (100A peak)

Battery system: 12s LiPO / LiIon packs (50V)

Autopilot: Pixhawk 2 with ArduCopter

Pilot Radio: FrSky Taranis with telemetry

Telemetry Radio: RD900 system

Comms Range: 5km standard (options for >15km)

Take-off Weight: ≥50kg  (full propulsive redundancy up to 50kg TOW)

Flight Time: ≥45min (require LiIon battery system)

Max Effective Payload: 30kg

Max flying Speed: >25m/s

Max Lifting Speed: >5m/s

Max Descent Speed: >5m/s

Working Temperature: -20 ~ +65 ℃

Payload Mounting: Standard 10mm carbon rails at 155m spacing (custom options available)

Payload Power supplies:

– 5.3V no.1 (regulated)  x 10A  (53W)

– 5.3V no.2 (regulated)  x 10A  (53W)

– 12.0V (regulated)  x 10A  (120W)

– 50V x 40A  (up to 2.0kW)  [main battery voltage – sagging to 40V min during flight] Upcoming production version(s) will boast:

·        Enhanced weather protection

·        Multiple propulsion options (quadcopter, octocopter, ultralight, <25kg)

·        Ground tether power system for all day flight endurance  (up to 40kg TOW)

·        ICE hybrid power system for >2hrs flight endurance (up to 25kg TOW)

·        Slung payload tether attachment point

For further information please contact Ken King, [email protected]

Show your support
Team Rubicon Australia is a volunteer, non-for-profit organisation that combines the skills and experience of veterans with emergency responders to assist those communities in need following natural disasters.
As part of their disaster response capability, Team Rubicon Australia has developed a UAV capability, which has been deployed to undertake vital aerial damage assessments following natural disasters at home and abroad, including this year’s Townsville floods and the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi in 2018.
As a volunteer organisation, Team Rubicon Australia relies on support from both private businesses and the wider community. From modest beginnings they’re continuing to build a UAV capability, and are looking to partner with organisations from across the UAV and aerospace sectors to help their volunteers achieve greater results in the wake of natural disasters.  If you’re interested in supporting an organisation that enables Australian veterans to help communities in urgent need of assistance, please contact [email protected], or visit the website.
AAUS working for you
AAUS is represented on many committees that influence important outcomes for the unmanned systems industry. Activities this month have included representation at:

ASTRA Council: AAUS now has a seat on the important ASTRA Council.  Reece Clothier is our representative and during the Council held this month, he gave a presentation on the importance of Australia developing a national and solution-independent policy to be developed to clearly articulate the needs and principles under which we should approach UTM.

CASA RPA Registration / Accreditation public consultation:  AAUS consulted with its membership and has submitted a response to proposed CASA regulations relating to registration and accreditation for RPAS operators.

Aviation Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) RPAS Registration TWG: AAUS will be represented at this TWG (in Brisbane March 27-28) that will discuss actions following public consultation of the registration and accreditation policy.

The Australian Aviation Associations Forum (TAAAF):  AAUS participated at the recent TAAAF meeting held during Avalon 2019 where many issues facing the aviation community are raised and discussed.

General Aviation Advisory Network (GAAN) AAUS participated at the GAAN meeting that met recently at Avalon 2019.  Of note is the news that Government is moving ahead with a whole of government roadmap for drone regulation (in line with one of the Senate Inquiry Report recommendations).

AAUS Members Advisory Working Groups: 

To better represent our membership, we are establishing membership working groups to action issues important to different industry sectors.  If you are interested in being part of these working groups contact [email protected]

The current membership advisory groups being established are:

NextGen Advisory Group (under 35):  The role of the NextGen Advisory Group will be to provide relevant expertise and sub 35 age demographic specific insight and advice to the AAUS Board for the future development of advocacy, membership and events guidance in accordance with the agreed policy principles

Australian Manufacturers Advisory Group: The role of the Australian Manufacturers Advisory Group is to provide relevant expertise and industry insight to inform the AAUS Board on matters concerning this segment of industry and assist in the development of future advocacy work on behalf of industry.

Training Advisory Group: The role of the Training Advisory Group is to provide relevant expertise and industry insight to inform the AAUS Board on matters concerning this segment of industry and assist in the development of future advocacy work on behalf of industry.

Upcoming Events
Visual of the month

Entry for AAUS Drone Photography competition 2019
Runner Up from NextGen category Kyla Pannozzo
If you would like to be considered for the Visual of the month please email [email protected] for further information

February 2019

Welcome
Welcome to the February edition of the AAUS Advocate.  It’s been a busy month for AAUS.

This month CASA released information on the proposed registration and accreditation regulations and are seeking feedback.  We have been engaging with you and have formed a consolidated view for the AAUS response.  Largely, we agree with the need and benefits of registration and accreditation for all drone operators.  However, while we agree that CASA needs cost recovery for RPAS regulatory services, we feel that the proposed  costs for registration are too high and will negatively impact industry viability and participation in the scheme.  View the AAUS Response

We have also responded to a request by the Queensland Government to the Queensland Law Reform Commission’s review of civil surveillance and privacy laws in Queensland.  Our response was consistent with the views that we documented in the AAUS and Liberty Victoria paper, ‘The Use of Drones in Australia: An Agenda for Reform’ (May 2015).

In the background, we have been getting ready for our Exploring an Unmanned Future conference in association with Avalon 2019.  We have a terrific program and some major briefings by Defence on exciting future RPAS programs.  This has generated record registration numbers for the conference.  We will also be part of the Drone Showcase during the Airshow public days where we will be announcing the winners of the AAUS Drone Photography Competition.

I hope to see you at our conference or at Avalon on one of the days.

Greg Tyrrell, Executive Director AAUS

What’s been making news
February 21, 2019  Transurban: Using Drones To Maintain Roads & Bridges Down Under

Australian transport infrastructure company Transurban has released a video outlining how their drone fleet is supporting construction, maintenance and inspection operations.

Read More

February 20, 2018  Commercial drone shot down, police launch investigation

Police have started an investigation after a commercial drone understood to be worth almost $500,000 was shot down in a rural part of the ACT.

Read More

February 21, 2018 Program LAND129 Ph3 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System Replacement or Enhancement Brief   
The LAnd 129 Phase 3 Industry Brief will be conducted at the AAUS Exploring an Unmanned Future conference in association with Avalon 2019 on Tuesday February 26.  A Capability paper has been released for this program.Read More
February 14, 2018 Program SEA129 Ph 5 Maritime Unmanned Aerial System Brief   
The SEA 129 Phase 5 Industry Brief will be conducted at the AAUS Exploring an Unmanned Future conference in association with Avalon 2019 on Tuesday February 26.Read More
Member Spotlight
Name: Paul Dewar
Organisation:  Drone PilotsDo you have a nick name? Dewey. It’s also my call sign.How long have you been a member of AAUS? Great question. Not sure. I think about five years.What drones do you operate? Aeroplane and Helicopter up to 150 kg. Multi-Rotor up to 25 kg.
What is a typical day for you? I spend my time working on customer documentation supplemented with flying jobs for various organisations. At the moment most of my time is spent project managing a start-up RPAS business and helping the aeronautical engineering company with the design of the aircraft systems.

What is your top tip for anyone in our industry? Stay focused on what you do well. If you need help go out and look for it. Australia has an enormous amount of experience and knowledge of RPAS.

What do you see as the biggest challenge of our industry? Developing operational rules and procedures that promote, rather than inhibit, growth.

What might someone be surprised to find out about you? I have been flying Remotely Piloted Aircraft for the TV and Film Industry as a hobby for 30 years. I own three helicopter camera ships, including two turbine powered versions.
What is one item you can’t live without & why? My Electronic Flight Bag. Others might call it an iPad! It has all of the apps that keep my day organised, informed and in control.

If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be and why? Igor Sikorsky. I love helicopters and he was the man!!

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be? Rice with something. I had a lot of exposure during my time in the military. It is easy and simple.

What’s your favourite movie? Do I have to choose one?! OK. Blue Thunder. The younger people reading this will have to do some research here.

Technology Corner
Name of Product / Capability:  Surf Life Saving NSW RPAS Capability 

This month’s Technology corner focuses on the roll out of Surf Life Saving NSW RPAS capability following a discussion with Tom Caksa, Surf Life Saving NSW Chief Remote Pilot & UAV Operations Coordinator.

Tom has a Bachelor of Aviation and has a background in aviation as an airline transport pilot (ATPL) and was employed to build internal SLSNWS capability for state wide RPAS operations.

SLS NSW currently has close to 45 RPA’s in operation and 250 remote operators trained (both RePL and Excluded category).  This is expected to increase to over 130 RPA’s and 750 operators during the next year.

Tom explained that the initial roll out focussed around providing aerial surveillance as part of the Government’s shark mitigation strategy with 20 locations initially chosen by the NSW Department of Primary Industry (DPI) along beaches on the NSW coastline.  These locations were known to have more active marine animals present.

With assistance from Hover UAV, SLSNSW trained up personnel consisting of a combination of lifeguards, volunteers and members of the public to conduct daily sorties.  Tom commented that essentially this became a citizen science project, one of the largest of its kind In the World using unmanned aircraft.

The initial SLSNSW capability consisted of:

  • 2 x 20 minute sorties every hour, 14 times a day between the hours of 0730 and 1530 (weekdays) and 0830 and 1600 (weekends)
  • 280 flights conducted daily
  • Video and still imagery and associated environmental conditions recorded (manually and cloud based system) for each sortie

According to Tom, the SLSNSW are now starting to utilise drones for Search and Rescue and have recently purchased a fleet of drones with thermal imagery capability. “Perfect for looking along our coastline”.

Map of SLSNSW current operations

AAUS working for you
AAUS is represented on many committees that influence important outcomes for the unmanned systems industry. Activities this month have included representation at:

CASA RPA Registration / Accreditation public consultation:  AAUS consulted with its membership and has submitted a response to proposed CASA regulations relating to registration and accreditation for RPAS operators.

Queensland Law Reform Commission consultation:  AAUS submitted a response to a request for input into the Queensland Law Reform Commission’s review of civil surveillance and privacy laws in Queensland.

Aviation Industry Reference Committee (IRC):  AAUS is represented on the Aviation Industry Reference Committee which is assigned the responsibility for the AVI Aviation Training Package within the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.  The committee met again this month in Sydney and elected a new Chair (Stephen Leahy, Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopters) and Deputy Chair (Greg Tyrrell, AAUS).

Upcoming Events
Visual of the month

Entry for AAUS Drone Photography competition
Image of a Drone at Work by Brett Alda

If you would like to be considered for the Visual of the month please email [email protected] for further information

CASA Bulletin updated 25/01/2019 Proposed Amendments To the registration of your Drone

January 25, 2019

CASA release consultation of RPA registration and RPA operator accreditation

In 2019, CASA proposes to introduce a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) registration and RPA operator accreditation requirement, as a way of monitoring the safe and lawful operation of RPAs.  The registration and accreditation requirements are proposed to apply (with certain exceptions) to the following RPA:

  • RPA more than 250 grams operated recreationally and
  • all RPA operated commercially, including excluded RPA operations, regardless of weight.

The RPA registration and accreditation requirements are not proposed to apply to the following:

  • RPA 250 grams or less operated recreationally or
  • Model aircraft at CASA-approved model airfields or
  • RPA operated recreationally indoors.

This consultation seeks your comments on the detail of the proposed scheme.

The aim of the proposed new rules is to increase safety through increased compliance with the requirements:

  • ensuring everyone who flies a drone over 250 grams knows the rules
  • helping CASA to target the right safety information to the users who need it most
  • making it easier for authorities to identify when someone is breaking the rules.

Accreditation will be free. You will have to do an online education course – basically, watch a video and answer a quiz on the drone rules that apply to you. However, if you already hold a drone licence you will not have to do this course.

The cost of registration has yet to be determined by CASA.  The cost will depend on whether you fly your drone for fun or profit. It is likely to be a $20 or less annual fee (per person) for recreational drones and for some model aircraft operators. There will also be an annual registration fee likely to range from $100 to $160 per drone, for each commercial drone.

Why we are consulting

As part of the development of aviation rules, CASA consults with the community to ensure the rules will work in practice as they are intended.

We have a responsibility under section 9 of the Civil Aviation Act 1988 for the safety regulation of civil air operations, including drones, in Australian territory.

How to complete this consultation

The consultation will ask you questions in relation to the detail of the registration and accreditation scheme. Each question will include key points and further reading from the relevant sections of the following two documents:

  • Policy Proposal – Proposed new remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) registration and RPAS operator accreditation scheme
  • Annex A – Policy statement – Proposed new remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) registration and RPAS operator accreditation scheme.

These documents include content about how the scheme will work in practice. They are attached below under ‘Related’. Please note, throughout these documents CASA uses the term remotely piloted aircraft  (RPA) to refer to a drone.

View Policy Documentation and Provide Feedback

Closes 22 Feb 2019

AAUS Response

If you would also like to contribute to the AAUS response on behalf of its’ members, please contact Greg Tyrrell ([email protected]) prior to February 15, 2019.

December 2018
Welcome
Welcome to the December edition of the AAUS Advocate.

While 2018 has been a great year for AAUS, we are continuously looking at how we remain relevant for our 1250 members from diverse backgrounds.  Advocacy and representation remains a key focus for AAUS and in 2019 we are looking to engage deeper with our membership via the establishment of working groups that will focus on emerging issues arising within our industry.  The first working group that is being established is the NextGen Advisory Group which will provide relevant expertise and sub 35 age demographic specific insight for AAUS.  Stay tuned for more information and calls for working group participation early in 2019.

One of the success stories this year was the establishment of low cost information and networking seminars.  Look forward to these continuing in 2019 as well as our bigger events such as RPAS in Australian Skies 2019.  The AAUS “Exploring an Unmanned Future” conference in association with Avalon 2019 is our next big event and I look forward to catching up with many of you then.

On behalf of the AAUS Board and Staff, I would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season and Happy New Year.

Best Regards,
Greg Tyrrell
AAUS Executive Director

What’s been making news

December 14, 2018 Robot delivers Coral Babies 

In September, the RangerBot, developed by researchers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), began patrolling the Great Barrier Reef, hunting down a deadly starfish that wreaks havoc on coral, in addition to mapping and monitoring the Reef’s health.

Read More

December 8, 2018 Alpahbet’s ‘Wing’ delivery drones are on their way to Europe

 #Alphabet #wing #drone delivery program using Australian experience to expand services into Europe

Read More

December 5, 2018 Hunt after drone flies near plane at Perth Airport 
Australia’s aviation watchdog and the Australian Federal Police are hunting the operator of a drone that flew over Perth Airport this month.

Read More

Dec 1, 2018  Wing: Google Spinoff Combines UTM and Drone Delivery

James Burgess of Google X spinoff Wing shows off a system of drone delivery that’s made over 2500 customer flights in a test outside of Canberra, Australia.

Read More

Member Spotlight
Name: Jack Caton

Organisation:  Elbit Systems of Australia (ELSA)

Do you have a nick name? Nothing that’s ever stuck

How long have you been a member of AAUS? First introduction was back in 2014. The past 4 years have been great for the AAUS, so great to be a part of it.

What drones do you operate? Multiple types and sizes over the years, currently the Elbit family of UAS.

What is a typical day for you? I generally try to mix things up. Always been lucky (or unlucky) enough to be working on a number of different projects and challenges.

What is your top tip for anyone in our industry? Stay current with regulations, new and innovative technology and industry updates. The industry has and will continue to grow at a rapid pace, we as a community must keep up or better yet, get ahead.

What do you see as the biggest challenge of our industry? Airspace integration will continue to be a challenge but one we must overcome. Manned – Unmanned teaming in a civilian sense will help to unlock more capability and operations.

What might someone be surprised to find out about you? For those who didn’t know I’m British.
What is one item you can’t live without & why? Hard to go past my phone, such a powerful device – can even use it to control drones!

What would you want most, flying cars, robot housekeepers or moon cities? Bring back Concord first!

Technology Corner
This month’s Technology corner focuses on Elbit’s Skylark I-LEX  man protable mini UAS.
Name of Product: Skylark I-LEX UASSkylark® I-LEX is an organic, highly covert aerial ISR asset delivering actionable, high-resolution video in real-time. It enables man packed or vehicle-based deployment and allows for static or on-the-move operation.The I-LEX is the latest evolution of the battle-proven, high performance Skylark I system, which has been delivered to over 30 different users worldwide. The mini UAS’ outstanding capabilities are based on operational experience gained through tens of thousands of operational sorties by the Israel Defence Force and various NATO users. The Skylark I-LEX is highly autonomous and with its mission-oriented, intuitive man machine interface (MMI) makes it the optimal solution for a variety of military, HLS and commercial applications.According to Jack Caton (Business Development Manager – Civil and Defence Services for Elbit Systems of Australia (ELSA)), the Skylark I-LEX UAS was recently operated at Autonomous Warrior 2018 (AW18). AW18 is a Defence Science and Technology event to demonstrate the potential of a variety of unmanned systems including UAVs, USV’s & UGV’s. Supported by the Royal Australian Navy, the event was held at HMAS Creswell, Jervis Bay mid-November.Operated by ELSA, the Skylark I-LEX UAS provided HQ with real time telemetry and live video feed during a simulation exercise. The exercise involved a number of tasks including live surveillance. The Skylark I-LEX was operated in a band between 500 and 2000ft for periods of up to 3 hours.  It also successfully tackled high winds and wet weather during its demonstration flights.

Fully autonomous from takeoff and throughout mission and landing, the Skylark® I-LEX is a proven ISR asset on the battlefield. With electrical propulsion that renders the system inaudible at 100 meters above ground level, the mini UAS can remain airborne for up to three hours. The system also features an airborne airbag system for point recovery, without any ground reception devices.

Skylark® I-LEX offers a gimbaled and stabilized payload, delivering high quality day and night real-time video within a 40 km LOS communication range. Advanced image processing capabilities include tracker, moving target indicator, georegistration, and mosaicing.

The mini UAS is specifically designed for rapid deployment and is exceedingly simple to operate. The entire UAS system can be carried and activated by just two operators.

Benefit to RPAS Integrator / Operator:

  • Available in various configurations
  • Highly deployable and simple to operate by just two operators
  • Inaudible at 100 meters above ground level
  • Autonomous from takeoff, throughout mission and landing
  • Gimbaled and stabilized payload – delivers high-quality day and night real-time video
  • Airborne airbag system for point recovery, without requiring ground reception devices
  • Advanced image processing capabilities (tracker, moving target indicator, geo-registration and mosaicking)
  • Remote takeoff mode without communication link with the GCS
  • Advanced digital encrypted data link
  • Unique capabilities such as Air Data Relay and “hot-swap”
  • RVT and commander control station with live UAV payload video,telemetry and data
  • Ability to integrate with user’s C4I

For more information:
http://www.elbitsystems.com.au

Contact:
[email protected]

If you would like to contribute an article to Technology Corner, please contact [email protected]

CASA update
Drones continued to grow in popularity in 2018 – now accounting for nearly one third of all aviation licences issued by CASA.  This month, we ticked over the 10,000 mark. And if the trend during 2018 is anything to go by, that number will continue to climb. There are almost 1,500 ReOC holders in Australia but those numbers are slowing a little and the main activity in that area this year related to approvals and exemptions. In short, there are a few less entering the market but those who are already there are looking to do more. There are about 100 operators who are involved in what CASA would consider complex operations, delivering training, working in an urbanised environment and holding exemptions such as flying beyond visual line of sight.

This year we released the CASR Part 101 Manual of Standards (MOS) for your feedback. The MOS helps standardise the professional drones industry by setting specific training and operational requirements. The public consultation was open for two months and 270 people provided feedback. Thank you to everyone who took part, your efforts will improve the rules. In the past, CASA has made changes based on industry feedback to ensure that the rules work in practice as they were intended. The RPAS team is working through your comments and we hope to publish a summary of consultation before Christmas.

Finally, just a reminder about our services over the holiday period. Normal CASA services to the aviation industry will not be available and offices will be closed from the close of business Friday 22 December 2017 until Tuesday 2 January 2018, when normal services will return.

AAUS working for you
AAUS is represented on many committees that influence important outcomes for the unmanned systems industry. Activities this month have included representation at:

The Australian Aviation Associations Forum (TAAAF) –  AAUS attended the quarterly TAAAF meeting this month as well as a dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary for TAAAF.  The dinner was attended by TAAAF members and special guests including Deputy Secretary, Department of Infrasructure, Regional Development and Cities, Ms Pip Spence, CASA Director of Safety, Mr Shane Carmody, Airservices Australia CEO, Mr Jason Harfield and ATSB CEO Mr Greg Hood.  The safe integration of RPAS into Australian airspace was a of prominent discussion topic at the dinner.

Aviation RPAS Technical Advisory Committee (TAC):  This committee contains many subject matter experts from industry and is working closely with AIS and the Aviation IRC to develop new competency standards for operators of RPAS.  The significant project has updated the existing Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot) and added a new qualification (Certificate IV) for more advanced Remote Pilots.  Training packages are in the final sign off stages.

Aviation Safety Advisory Panel (ASA) RPAS Technical Working Group – Drone Registration and Operator Accreditation:   AAUS participated in the ASAP TWG on November 8 & 9 along with CASA and other industry representatives to work through draft CASA policy on drone registration,  operator accreditation and cost recovery.  Feedback has been submitted to the ASAP for consideration.   We will pass on details on these CASA RPAS policies as they emerge.  AAUS will stand up a membership working group to provide feedback to the public consultation phase for these CASA policies early in 2019.

Australian Aviation Insurance Forum:   AAUS presented AAUS history and RPAS regulatory matters at the Australian Aviation Insurance Forum held during December.

Upcoming Events
Visual of the month

Team Rubicon Australia, Richard Adams .  Drone Photography competition 2019 entry.

If you would like to be considered for the Visual of the month please email [email protected] for further information

November 2018

Welcome AAUS Advocate News Letter November 2018
This month we held our Annual General Meeting in Melbourne and released our Annual Report and Audited Financials for 2018 .

The AAUS Annual Report for 2018 can be accessed in our members only area.

In accordance with the our constitution, financial members of AAUS were able to vote electronically on the make up of the AAUS Board of Directors from a strong list of nominations.

Results were

  • Leigh Simpson of Textron Systems Australia was elected as the new Treasurer replacing Peggy MacTavish.

The following candidates were elected into General Board positions.

  • Paul Dewar (Director / Chief Remote Pilot, Drone Pilots)
  • Andrew Duggan (Vice President & General Manager, Insitu Commercial)
  • Peggy MacTavish (VP, Civil and Defence Services, Elbit Systems of Australia)
  • Marcus Tehan (CEO, C3X)

President Reece Clothier thanked Peggy MacTavish for her diligent service as Treasurer and also outgoing Board members Mitch Bannink and Derek Rogers for their dedicated efforts during the last 2 years.  Peggy will continue to serve on the AAUS Board in a general capacity.

AAUS is extremely fortunate to have such strong calibre  interest in Board positions.  We plan on capturing this enthusiasm and engaging deeper with our members in 2019 by establishing a number of working groups with focus on emerging issues arising in our industry.  Stay tuned for more information and calls for participation early in 2019.

What’s been making news
November 20, 2018  UAS to support APEC 18 Assist

Australian Army Shadow 200 and Puma have now been deployed to Papua New Guinea

 Read More

November 20, 2018  Surf Life Saving drones to patrol South Australian beachesDrones will start patrolling beaches from Goolwa to North Haven from Saturday to warn swimmers about shark sightings, rips and other hazards.

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November 16, 2018  Australia to buy armed Reaper drones in shift towards pilotless future
Australia will buy armed Reaper drones in a major step towards a future in which air strikes are increasingly carried out remotely. The aircraft, made by General Atomics will be used mainly to provide cover to Australian soldiers on operations.Read More
Nov 1, 2018 A 15-year-old Australian boy has been crowned overall champion at the FAI Drone Racing World Championships.Rudi Browning beat more than 120 competitors at the event run by the World Air Sports Federation (FAI) in Shenzhen, China.
His success also helped the Australian team win the group title ahead of Sweden and South Korea.Read More
Oct 31, 2018  Trash eating ‘shark’drone 

A shark prowling the coastline is normally a worrying sight, but this waterborne drone terrorizes floating trash instead of people.

Read More

Member Spotlight
Name: Dan Minton

Organisation: Australian Industry Standards (AIS)

Do you have a nick name? Dan. It’s really out of the box thinking.

How long have you been a member of AAUS? Since 2016.

What drones do you operate? None at the moment, looking to get my first one this year.

What is a typical day for you? My daily work involves solving future industry skill challenges on behalf of Australian industries.

What is your top tip for anyone in our industry?
Learn everything you can about Australia’s transport and logistic systems and try to solve as many supply chain problems as you can.

What do you see as the biggest challenge of our industry?
Current regulation of Australia’s transport and logistics systems. Improvements here would likely unleash the largest transformation of Australia’s economy we’ve seen in decades.

What might someone be surprised to find out about you?
I love chilli, it’s the natural ‘drug’ everyone should get addicted to!

What is one item you can’t live without & why?
My phone. It connects me with the world, and I can find the answer to any question I want, at any time.

If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be and why? Richard Feynman. He made complex science accessible to everyone.

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be? Rib fillet steak, medium rare, with a salt, pepper and garlic chilli cream sauce. Served with fresh roast vegetables, and a South Australian Shiraz.

What’s your favourite movie? Odd Angry Shot. If you haven’t seen it, check it out.

What would you want most, flying cars, robot housekeepers or moon cities? Flying cars. They will fundamentally change how Australians get around in the near future.

Technology Corner
This month’s Technology corner focuses on Airsight and it’s NextCore Drone LiDAR Platform.
Name of Product: NextCore Drone LiDAR Platform Over the past few years, drones have changed the game of spatial data capture. Drone photogrammetry has drastically reduced the cost of capturing much needed spatial data, however, gaining the benefits of LiDAR has remained a technology just out of reach of most operators. To date, the complexity of operating UAV mounted LiDAR scanners required a high level of technical ability, produced inaccurate results, required significant amounts of expensive processing software and could take days if not weeks to process into a workable data solution.
Released in 2018 by Airsight Australia, the NextCore Drone LiDAR Platform allows UAV operators to gain the benefits of LiDAR solutions for their clients without the time consuming, task intensive processing requirements. The NextCore system provides an innovative solution for off the shelf multi-rotors that requires minimal training and setup for operation and delivers highly accurate data within minutes of landing.
UAV mounted LiDAR scanning provides operators with a series of unique benefits that photogrammetry is unable to deliver such as:

  • Penetration of tree and other plant canopies
  • Low data requirements
  • Accurate return of measurements without extensive processing
  • Swift and accurate powerline and stockpile assessments
Benefit to RPAS Integrator / Operator: According to Airsight Business Intelligence Officer, Daniel Smith, the NextCore Platform offers data quality above the current LiDAR scanners on the market, at a fraction of the price. Airsight has done this by utilising cutting edge technology combined with specialised software built specifically for the NextCore System. What this produces is an incredibly easy to use and reliable system that produces data at a quality never seen before. Airsight has worked closely with beta customers who have been operating the NextCore Platform for over 18 months. This allows Airsight to refine NextCore to meet the needs of the operator while reliably producing the data it needs to, everytime.

For more information:
www.nextcore.co
www.airsight.com.au

Contact:
[email protected]

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AAUS working for you
AAUS is represented on many committees that influence important outcomes for the unmanned systems industry. Activities this month have included representation at:

General Aviation Advisory Group –  Provided a great opportunity to meet with the Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Michael McCormack and CASA Director of Safety, Mr Shane Carmody to discuss our growing sector’s needs.

Part 101 MOS public consultation:  AAUS submitted a response to the proposed Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) Part 101 Manual of Standards (MOS).  Supported by input from our membership, the response was supportive of the proposed Part 101 MOS but identified a couple of areas for improvement.  We felt that the MOS was overly prescriptive in some areas and benefit from moving forward with training syllabus’ in line with what was being developed by the Aviation Industry Refeence Committee which had the support of industry and CASA expertise.

Aviation Industry Reference Committee (IRC):  AAUS is represented on the Aviation Industry Reference Committee which is assigned the responsibility for the AVI Aviation Training Package within the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.  The training package work is led by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) and covers qualifications for occupations involved in the aviation sector and includes packages for RPAS operators.

Aviation RPAS Technical Advisory Committee (TAC):  This committee contains many subject matter experts from industry and is working closely with AIS and the Aviation IRC to develop new competency standards for operators of RPAS.  The significant project has updated the existing Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot) and added a new qualification (Certificate IV) for more advanced Remote Pilots.Draft Training Package materials have been finalised for the following projects and are available for your feedback:

– AVI30318X Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot)

– AVI4999XX Certificate IV in Aviation Remote Pilot (Beyond Visual Line of Sight).

Review Training Packages

Please submit your feedback by close of business Thursday, 29 November 2018.

Aviation Safety Advisory Panel (ASA) RPAS Technical Working Group – Drone Registration and Operator Accreditation:   AAUS participated in the ASAP TWG on November 8 & 9 along with CASA and other industry representatives to work through draft CASA policy on drone registration,  operator accreditation and cost recovery.  Feedback has been submitted to the ASAP for consideration.   We will pass on details on these CASA RPAS policies as they emerge.

Upcoming Events
Christmas drinks in Newcastle

Come along for a drink on us
Where – Happy Wombat
575 Hunter St, Newcastle West NSW 2302
When – Wednesday 5th December
Time – 6:30pm -8pm
All welcome                      

Please RSVP to [email protected]

Visual of the month          

Lidar Imagery of powerlines provided by Airsight.  Refer Technology Corner for details.

If you would like to be considered for the Visual of the month please email [email protected] for further information

CASA Safety Bulletin  November 2018

SAFETY BULLETIN RPAS-SB-18/01 Issue 1 – 2 November 2018 Operations of DJI aircraft fitted with TB50 and TB55 Batteries Effective from 2 November 2018 until further notice
1. Affected parties  All operators of small Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) operating DJI aircraft fitted with battery models TB50 and TB55, including all DJI Matrice 200 series (inclusive of 200, 210 and 210 RTK platforms) and the DJI Inspire 2 (the affected RPAS)
2. Purpose  To provide guidance on actions and recommended temporary limitations for the use of the affected RPAS.
3. Background  A small number of incidents have been reported where the affected RPAS has suffered a complete loss of power during flight, despite indications that there was sufficient energy remaining within the battery. In each case, this resulted in the affected RPAS entering a rapid descent due to the immediate loss of lift; with the remote pilot unable to maintain any command authority during the subsequent flight path.
The affected RPAS suffered a range of damage on impact, but to date no reports of injury or significant third-party property damage have been received.
An investigation by the manufacturer has advised that this issue is not confined to any specific firmware version and is thought to be related to the batteries TB50 and TB55. The full details of the occurrences are still being investigated.
The purpose of this Safety Bulletin is to highlight the requirement for all RPAS operators and remote pilots, conducting commercial or recreational activity, to be reasonably satisfied that any operation of the affected RPAS can be conducted safely. Regulation 101.055 Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 requires that a person not operate an unmanned aircraft in a way that poses a hazard to another aircraft, person or property.
4. Recommendations
This Safety Bulletin recommends the following actions to be taken:
a) limitation of operations  (i) having regard to CASR 101.055, it is advisable that operators of the affected RPAS do not conduct any operation that involves overflight of any persons, whether or not they are under the control of the operator or remote-pilot, at any height until further notice.
b) monitor for further updates (i) this information will be subject to regular review. As soon as CASA is satisfied that remediation of the root cause has been undertaken by the manufacturer in a satisfactory manner, CASA will issue a further update via the CASA website
5. Reporting  There is no reporting requirement for this this Safety Bulletin.
6. Enquiries  Enquiries about the content of this Safety Bulletin should be made by sending an email to [email protected] or by telephoning 131 757 during business hours.
DJI’s official information may be found at the following website:  https://www.dji.com/newsroom/news/dji-advises-customers-to-fly-with-caution-when-using-tb50and-tb55-batteries-in-drones

Welcome to the September newsletter.

What a busy month it’s been!

On the advocacy front, AAUS submitted a response to the Report from the Senate Inquiry. This was no small undertaking and I’d like to personally thank all of our members who took the time to provide input. Our response was received by the Department and we look forward to working with the Government, CASA and other stakeholders towards addressing the recommendations made in the report. This month we also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB), to assist in their efforts in accident and incident investigation and safety enhancement for our sector. These activities were on top of our usual ongoing engagements and participation on working groups (too many to list here!). Advocacy is a big part of what we do and being actively involved is absolutely essential to ensuring the outcomes we need to for a safe and prosperous industry. Our invitation to support the General Aviation Advisory Group and signing of the MoU with the ATSB are recognition of our position as Australia’s peak representative body for the drone sector; land, sea, and air.

This month we also wrapped up our BVLOS educational seminars and networking events. These seminars were free for AAUS members and part of our ongoing effort to provide more benefits for your membership dues. A big thank you to CASA, Macquarie, Textron Systems Australia, Insitu Pacific, Ninox, and UniSA who supported these events. Next month we will be holding seminars on the legal and insurance issues surrounding RPAS/drone operations (details on our website here). I encourage you to come along, learn something new and enjoy the opportunity to network with other professionals in your area. Another big thank you to Norton White and QBE for supporting the next round of seminars. We hope to expand these seminars to other states as soon as resources allow us.

We also hosted our largest Land Forces Conference to date, with Defence continuing to promote AAUS as its preferred conduit to industry. We expect to hear even more about upcoming Defence programs and opportunities at our Avalon event in February. So if you are in the Defence game, watch this space!

AAUS is also working hard towards tackling the issue of illegal drone operations. Be them recreational or commercial – illegal drone operators not only pose a safety risk but a commercial threat to legitimate operators. We are approaching this problem strategically, and will be launching a number of initiatives towards tackling illegal operations over the coming months.

Finally, if you want to keep up with all our various activities and industry news, like and follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Thank you all for your continued support of the Association. We are a volunteer organisation here for the benefit of our industry, so please don’t hesitate to reach out or consider getting involved.

Reece Clothier

What’s been making news
A soldiers best friend may be a drone

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AAUS Board member Mitch Bannink, combining a career as a commercial aviation pilot with a drone business would appear to be fraught with problems, given the tensions between airlines and drone users.


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Google Project Wing continues to expand its delivery services in Canberra

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Drone users breaking the law

Users brazenly breaking laws as burden of proof makes prosecution difficult. Illegal drone operations not only pose a safety risk but threaten the reputation and commercial livelihoods of professional drone operators. That is why AAUS supports Senate recommendations to enhance enforcement. See our response to the senate report on our website.

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Member Spotlight
Name: John Perkins

Organisation: Techsafe

Do you have a nick name? Tex

How long have you been a member of AAUS? 5 years

What drones do you operate?
I have operated a Phantom 4 Pro, Inspire 1, Matrice 100, Microdrone MD4-1000, Aerialtronics Zenith X8 and Falcon 8.

What is a typical day for you?
Get to work early where I’m fortunate to work with a great team delivering quality customer service in their field of expertise. After my work day is done I head home to check on my family, go to the gym and take care of anything needed for the gridiron club.

What is your top tip for anyone in our industry?
Listen to the customer and address what they want and need.  It’s all about the outcome and fitting into their world with our expertise.What do you see as the biggest challenge of our industry?
Everyone is excited when they see something flying but adoption, acceptance and  understanding how the RPAS world fits  into their business  is something many can’t conceptualise and embrace.What is one item you can’t live without & why?
My car.  I can go where I want, when I want. FreedomWhat might someone be surprised to find out about you? 
I am the son of a pastor of the Methodist Church and number 8 of 9 siblings.What is your favourite movie?
Hard to choose between Predator, The Equalizer and The Accountant.What would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers or moon cities?
Flying cars would suit me just fine.
AAUS working for you
AAUS is represented on many committees that influence important outcomes for the unmanned systems industry. Activities this month have included representation at:

AAUS signs MoU with the ATSB: This month we also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB), to assist in their efforts in accident and incident investigation and safety enhancement for our sector.

Aviation Safety Advisory Panel Part 101 Technical Working Group:  This technical working group was established to provide relevant technical expertise and industry sector insight for the analysis and review of the draft Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) Part 101 Manual of Standards (MOS) prior to public consultation.   This process is ongoing and we understand that CASA intends to progress to a public consultation on the Part 101 MOS in mid to late September.

We also understand that an additional TWG is planned for Part 101 for drone registration before the end of the year.

Aviation RPAS Technical Advisory Committee (TAC):  This committee met again this month and continues to work closely with AIS and the Aviation IRC to develop new competency standards for operators of RPAS.  The RPAS project is re-writing the Certificate III (RPAS) and developing a Certificate IV course for BVLOS operations.  The work is due to be completed early 2019.

General Aviation Advisory Group (GAAG):  Reece Clothier of AAUS is a member of GAAG which met this month.  The group operates as a forum where industry representatives can identify opportunities to work collaboratively to respond to pressures facing the GA sector.

NSW Drone Working Group:  AAUS presented at the recent meeting of the NSW Drone Working Group which has been established to consider security issues associated with drone operation.

Legalwise Drones Usage and Liability Seminar; AAUS chaired the recent Legalwise seminar addressing liability and privacy issues concerned with drone usage.

Technology Corner         
This month’s Technology corner is from Dronesafe Pty Ltd

Name of Product: Dronesafe

Description of product:

Dronesafe provides structured and consistent step-by-step pre- and post-flight checklists that improve operational effectiveness, efficiency and safety, while also providing a complete audit trail of all flights.  Dronesafe allows your organisation to follow industry best practice (modelled on ISO standards) in the safe management of all your drone activities. Mobile and browser-based access provides the ultimate flexibility.

With Dronesafe, operators are able to manage drone operations with confidence, safe in the knowledge that their staff have the tools to ensure every flight is conducted in a manner that is safe, secure and compliant. Mobile access and a simple checklist-based approach enable pilots to record relevant data at the point of flight, with all data recorded in a single database.

Benefit to the RPAS Operator:

Check for any CASA restrictions (no-fly zones) that may limit the ability to fly in the intended area.

Verify insurance details.

Record pilot RePL and operator ReOC numbers.

Record job details including intended flight path and time.

Reduce the risk of ‘public nuisance’ complaints or in-thefield disruptions.

Conduct step-by-step pre-flight checks customised to the drone platform being used.

Record battery levels before and after each flight.

Maintain copies of all recorded data as an audit trail of compliance with CASA regulations

                                           

For more information: 
http://www.dronetechinstitute.com/dronesafe/

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Events
Land Forces 2018

  The AAUS “Unmanned Systems in Defence” conference and conference dinner was held at Land Forces 2018 this month in Adelaide.   The event, sponsored by Airbus, Elbit Systems of Australia, Insitu Pacific, Textron Systems of Australia and Defence SA was strongly supported by the Australian Defence Force with LTCOL Keirin Joyce (Army), CAPT Grant O’Loughlan (Navy) and WGCDR Carlos Carvalho (Air Force) headlining the conference.

LTCOL Joyce delivering keynote address at the AAUS Unmanned Systems in Defence conference during Land Forces 2018.

The conference provided a great opportunity to engage with Defence and Industry on emerging projects utilising unmanned systems technology.  The success of the event was illustrated by the fact that it was fully booked out 2 weeks prior to the event.

AAUS would like to acknowledge and thank the Australian Defence Force and the Aerospace Maritime Defence and Security Foundation of Australia Limited for ongoing support of these events.

AAUS members can access presentations from the conference at https://aaus.org.au/unmanned-systems-in-defence-conference-at-land-forces-2018/

Upcoming Events

Aviation Law 101 for RPAS Operators 
Run in partnership with Norton White Lawyers and QBE Insurance, these seminars ill focus on legal and liability issues facing RPAS organisations.
Sydney 4th October

Club York, 95-99 York Street, Sydney

Brisbane 18th October
Aviation State High School, Clayfield

Melbourne 25th October
QBE Insurance  628 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Register now

AAUS Annual General Meeting, Melbourne, November 20, 2018

AAUS will be holding its AGM  at 44 Lakeview Drive, Scoresby VIC
4 pm – 5 pm followed by a BBQ for members

All members welcome.  More Information to follow.

AAUS Conference at Avalon 2019, February 25-26, 2019

AAUS will be holding its biennial conference in association with Avalon 2019 again next year.   Run over 2 days the conference will be held in Melbourne CBD (venue TBC) and at Avalon 2019.

Monday 25th February  – Full day conference followed by Gala dinner & Awards night
Tuesday 26th February – Full day special presentations at Avalon 2019 (Industry days).

More details to be announced soon.

Drone Zone  Downunder, March 1-3, 2019

DroneZone Downunder will operate from Friday 1 March to Sunday 3 March at the Australian International Airshow. The precinct will feature the latest in drone technology, drone pilot training, responsive drones & robotics, cameras and unmanned systems with a conference program supported by CASA and AAUS.
More Information

Did you know…
As an AAUS member you have access you can benefit from discounted RPAS insurance from QBE and AB Phillips

If you would like more information, please contact [email protected]

Visual of the Month   
First place image in AAUS drone photo competition 2017 submitted by Simon Wilson.

Submissions for AAUS 2019 drone photo competition will be announced soon!

If you would like to be considered for the Visual of the month please email [email protected] for further information

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