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CASA rolling out new technology and licence EVERY drone pilot (hahahahaha) there are currently 1300 ads on Gumtree for DJI drones and parts

 

New drone-hunting tech to roll out at major Australian airports

Erin Pearson
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The decision comes as Britain grapples with the aftermath of grounded planes at Gatwick Airport after drones were suspected of infiltrating the restricted airspace, causing mass chaos in the lead up to Christmas.

The threat from drones is a real one. British Security Minister Ben Wallace revealed this week that UK intelligence agencies had uncovered sketches of drones armed with bombs in recent raids as they prepare for a "resurgent" Al Qaeda and its apparent plans to attack commercial aircraft in 2019.

“Up until now, because we don’t have inspectors on the ground, we rely on police and information from the public about sightings," Mr Gibson said.

“This change will give us the ability to be in a sensitive location like Tullamarine and conduct random drone checking and if we find you in that 5½-kilometre radius, we will see you and find where you are.”

Mr Gibson said the rollout would begin in January and cover all mainland capital airports, with the industry facing a growing risk that collisions with drones could bring down passenger planes.

And with the technology being portable, it’s hoped the new airspace monitoring can be moved to any location across the country in the future.

“One thought is Sydney Harbour as we see a lot of infringements in Sydney all in restricted airspace,” he said.

“It could also be used at Avalon [airport].”

Currently, drones weighing under two kilograms are not required to be registered or the controllers certified.

But from mid-2019, recreational drone users will need to be registered with CASA, which would require people to complete an online safety and training course and register their devices, Mr Gibson said.

Owners must currently ensure their drones are kept more than 30 metres away from people, stay 5½ kilometres away from airports, avoid flying over crowds and fly no higher than 120 metres above the ground.

Those who breach the rules face court-imposed fines in excess of $10,000. If caught causing a hazard to an aircraft, owners face up to five years in jail.

There are about 1400 certified operators across Australia and about 10,000 licensed drone pilots, CASA says.

Mr Gibson said with new technology comes new responsibility for both hobbyists and commercial users such as the Australian Federal Police who were recently granted approval to use drone guns.

“I think we’ve been fortunate in Australia to have a robust set of regulations for a long time and because of that it’s allowed us to really develop the commercial drone sector and identify a whole bunch of safety issues that are emerging and need addressing,” Mr Gibson said.

“99.9 per cent of the time it’s a positive experience with drones and they can be used for all sorts of things such as at beaches ... to monitor sharks and swimmers.

Plane arriving at Sydney airport.Credit:Wolter Peeters

“But no one wants to see a midair collision with a drone which can cause serious damage to an aircraft and put passengers at risk.”

Britain's Gatwick Airport was shut down for 36 hours and flights disrupted for three days last week after drones were reportedly seen overhead.

The suspected sighting caused chaos for more than 100,000 travellers. Two people were arrested and later released after it was revealed the devices may never have existed.

Drone security expert Andrew McQuillan was called in to work with Gatwick Airport security on Friday and moved assets there from across Europe within hours.

“The threat level is huge at the moment," he said.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/new-drone-hunting-tech-to-roll-out-at-major-australian-airports-20181225-p50o62.html

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And they'r still for sale in Sydney for $30, supposedly for children.

All unlicensed and under age for the law to do much other than confiscate kids toys.

I have a need for an illegal "catapult". to get a rope-line over my tree branch, prior to pruning.

spacesailor

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All drone operators should be made to get an ASIC card. Problem solved right ?

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2 hours ago, spacesailor said:

And they'r still for sale in Sydney for $30, supposedly for children.

All unlicensed and under age for the law to do much other than confiscate kids toys.

I have a need for an illegal "catapult". to get a rope-line over my tree branch, prior to pruning.

spacesailor

I wouldn’t worry too much about them. I got one as a present and there is a built in altitude limiter of about 40 feet.

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this technology is DJI specific, if you buy a Chinese clone there is no serial number, not even a paper trail in Australia to say you own a drone...

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2 hours ago, Thruster88 said:

All drone operators should be made to get an ASIC card. Problem solved right ?

They don’t stand on airfields.

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4 hours ago, turboplanner said:

They don’t stand on airfields.

It's  a joke turbo, just like the ASIC card

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11 hours ago, turboplanner said:

They don’t stand on airfields.

Maybe not, but they are piloting an aircraft and all of us flying VH have to have an ASIC or AVID to use our licence.

 

Requiring drone operators to have an ASIC would be a boost to the economy.

 

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 Well you would "really" be a MUG to take on that poison chalice unless forced. RAAus should stick to it's original aims and do THAT properly or WE will need a NEW AUF, before we contemplate anything  else.    I think we do already.  Nev

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What if an operator has a medical incident?

Self declared (Or heavy vehicle) or C2 needed?

Could crash into a pre school or one of the remaining charter aircraft

 

Would hope even RAA management not that dim as to try to take this on

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3 hours ago, kaz3g said:

Maybe not, but they are piloting an aircraft and all of us flying VH have to have an ASIC or AVID to use our licence.

 

Requiring drone operators to have an ASIC would be a boost to the economy.

 

kaz

You’re quite right. With the income the government could bring in 10,000 more Sudanese refugees. This would cause more fighting, causing the States to boost their police numbers, which would create a need for more McDonalds, boosting the cattle, bun, and pickle industries, and Cleanaway’s business, boosting truck orders from Iveco, requiring more TAFEs for training technicians and Sudanese, so a clean, self-funding operation.

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