CASA to proceed with drone registration changes

By on 23 February, 2022

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CASA has decided to proceed with amendments to drone registration matters, following a period of consultation with users.

The consultation ran from 5 to 18 November 2021 and resulted in 159 responses from individuals and operators, including RePL holders.

CASA’s proposed amendments include:

  • Changing the date of recreational drone registration and operator accreditation from 1 March 2022 to 1 July 2022
  • Aligning the registration term for recreational drones to the same 12-month registration period as commercial drones
  • Reinforcing that a person under 16 must be supervised by an accredited adult aged 18 years or over, unless they are flying at a CASA-approved flying site or operating a drone weighing 250 grams or less
  • Changing the transitional registration incentive period to follow the new commencement date
  • Removing the requirement to register certain aircraft

Despite many respondents pointing out what they saw as shortcomings in the proposals, CASA has said that it will “proceed with the proposed amendments as consulted”.

You can read more about the amendments and the responses to the consultation on the CASA Consultation Hub.

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