Australia’s deputy prime minister has announced a formal review into the commercial and recreational flying of drones.
In a statement, he said that while the Government had been considering noise issues since March, it had now decided to look at the technology on a formal level.
According to a report by ABC News, the Department of Infrastructure updated its website this week claiming it has ‘formed the view’ that a range of drone operations require noise approvals following community backlash to a Google-backed Canberra trial.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority also detailed how 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 the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.”
Michael McCormack, deputy PM, said: “The review will examine state and territory regulations that commonly cover noise from equipment operating in urban environments.”
Adding: “It will also look at developments overseas and industry innovation to reduce noise impacts through better drone design and operations including varying flight paths.”