RPA noise regulations are here

This week marked the first significant step in the regulation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft noise in Australia.

This week marked the first significant step in the regulation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft noise in Australia. As of the 13th of January 2022, the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018 (Cth) regulates noise made by a significant number of RPA operations.

Under the new rules, any RPA over 250 grams operated outside of the Standard Operating Conditions needs approval from the Department of Infrastructure; this includes RPA operated at night, above 400ft AGL, outside of Visual Line of Sight, and operating within 3nm of a controlled airport.

The rules do not apply to agricultural, environmental, or emergency services RPA operations. Nor do they apply to sport or recreation operations.

The Department is yet to publish a form for making an application. Watch this space…

Posted by Rowan Kimber

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