Mandatory “flyer’s license” needed to operate drones in Australia

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The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Australia’s aviation safety authority, will make it mandatory for all drone users to register their models from July 2019.

CASA will make it necessary for all drones to be accredited by its service for it to be it easier for the police to track down offenders.

Peter Gibson, manager corporate communications at CASA, told ABC News: “It will certainly give us big advantages in terms of complaints or reports of drones being flown improperly or against the safety rules,”

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“We’ll have a starting point to know who flies drones in that area, what sort of drone they fly.”

Flyers of drones weighing more than 250 grams will need to pass an online education course and register their drone, according to policy documents prepared by CASA.

Additionally, flyer data will be monitored, which will allow authorities to develop a clearer insight into how many drones there are being flown, who is flying them and where.

Coinciding with this, Google’s parent company Alphabet has now built a permanent warehouse headquarters for its drone delivery company, Project Wing.

This follows a year of successful trials using drones to deliver takeaway food in a suburb near Canberra.

Project Wing plans to begin its first ongoing commercial operation, once the CASA approves it.

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