Regulation

Australian drone registration to go live later this month

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CASA, the Australian regulator, will soon require drone pilots to register drones which were recently exempt. Those flying in the sub 2kg or flying over your own land exemption category will now need to register from September 30. This must be done by January 28, 2021. CASA, which can be completed through the myCASA portal, says the registration will help ensure people are flying responsibly. It went on to explain that it is currently consulting on proposed charges which include an initial fee-free period as well as the introduction of a simplified fee structure for other regulatory services – providing
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LMT conducts first cross-border drone flight on mobile network

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LMT has successfully completed the first cross-border drone flight in Latvia on its mobile network. The cross-border flight was performed during the LAMPA Conversation Festival within the scope of a discussion on the future role of drones in society. A live video was streamed at the event demonstrating not only the drone's flight Beyond the Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), but also its crossing of the Latvian-Estonian border, where it connected to the Estonian mobile network for the final leg of the journey. This demonstration was a meaningful step toward understanding the technological capabilities of drones, expanding the scope of
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CAA to draft drone regulations for Thailand aviation authority

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The UK CAA has been appointed by CAA Thailand (CAAT) to draft new drone regulations. The nine-month project will allow CAAT to safely integrate the operations of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) into Thailand’s aviation system. UAS experts from the British aviation regulator will start by assessing Thailand’s primary legislation and determine any areas for consideration for UAS regulations. UK aviation regulators will work with CAAT to draft new ICAO compliant operating UAS regulations, harmonised with EASA standards. CAAi (CAA international) will also support CAAT with industry engagement to ensure air transport and UAS operators understand how to comply with the
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ARPAS says “not much will change” as it obtains EASA regulations update

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ARPAS has obtained an update from the CAA on what will change when the new EASA regulations come into play. It comes after James Dunthorne, standards director at the trade body, received a question from an ARPAS member. The organisation released how based on some comments received, Dunthorne spoke to the CAA and received an official update from them. ARPAS confirmed that the CAA will be updating CAP1789 soon to provide further clarification on the following matters: 1) The UK aren't planning to follow EASA's standard scenarios. They will instead follow the pre-defined risk assessments (PDRA’s) route. These are essentially
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