The long awaited and highly contentious drone registration regulations from CASA are set to come into effect towards the end of 2019. Whilst a hard date for this requirement has not yet been set, there are a number of things, as an operator, that is vital to know.
Here are the things that all operators need to know
- All drones flown for or at work will need to be registered, regardless of their type or weight.
- This also includes ‘Sub-2kg’ and ‘Flying over your own land’ excluded categories
- Registration holds for 12 months, and the charge will be per drone
How to Register your drones
- All drones need to be registered via the MyCASA portal, with the following details:
- The operator needs to be at least 16 years old
- Proof of Identification
- ARN Number
- A debit or credit card
What is still to come?
The launch of the registration scheme is not yet finalised, and there are few more details to be ironed out after a period of public consultation.
Here is what’s left to come:
- Date – the exact date has not been announced, with the view that it will be launched before the end of 2019.
- Cost – there has been a lot of debate around the cost structure of registration. The initial cost basis was:
- Commercial: $160 per drone
- Excluded Category: Approx. $100 per drone
- Recreational: $20 per drone
- Despite this cost structure, CASA has opened this up to a public consultation period, before finalising the decision.
- Accreditation: each pilot will need to be accredited every 3 years with an online video and quiz.
More information to come
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