The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), alongside Airservices Australia, on Wednesday announced a trial of a new digital, automated process that is aimed at expediting the approval processes of remotely piloted aircraft operations.
According to the organisations, the application process currently takes weeks to complete before commercial drone operators are allowed to take flight. With the trial, CASA and Airservices hope to create an application process that reduces the time required from weeks to seconds.
“Moving to digital approval processes is a key initiative for CASA, streamlining interactions and making it easier for operators,” CASA acting-CEO and Aviation Safety director Graeme Crawford said.
The trial digital process will be delivered through CASA’s remotely piloted aircraft systems digital platform, with Airservices and the Queensland University of Technology to develop designated maps that will be used to conduct the…