Australian UAV Newsletter: November 2018

June 7th, 2019|0 Comments

Australian UAV Newsletter for June 2019 Have we reached Peak Drone? Updates on some AUAV projects and software development, as well as the usual news and fun links from around the drone world. https://tinyurl.com/auavnews  Subscribe here to have the next edition delivered straight to your inbox: http://eepurl.com/Fb0XT

May 21st, 2019|0 Comments

AUAV has an opening for a manager to work alongside me in the Sydney office, running the day-to-day operations for our drone projects in the region. https://www.auav.com.au/careers/2019_05_22-sydney_regional_manager_role/ If you have technical project management experience and want to join our growing team of amazing drone operators and data specialists, send your CV and cover letter to careers@auav.com.au  

AUAV inSite: 3D Drone Data Platform

March 29th, 2019|0 Comments

AUAV is excited to announce our inSite 3D drone data platform for digital twin asset inspection and 3D site capture. Many of our customers are already familiar, but today we're showing it off to the world. Watch a quick (3min) demonstration video here and you can find more information on the inSite page. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hgh3dTSEDyg  

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AUAV Response to CASA Drone Registration Proposal

February 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

On Friday 25th January the Australian Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA) proposed to introduce drone registration and an operator accreditation scheme https://consultation.casa.gov.au/regulatory-program/pp1816us/ James Rennie, AUAV’s Melbourne-based Director observes that “the previous relaxation of the rules, along with access to cheap and accessible drone technology has led to widespread unsafe practices and non-conformance to the regulations.” A lack of any practical flight training or demonstrable knowledge of the airspace or public safety rules for recreational and sub-2kg (Excluded) commercial operators has caused a spike in incidents and breaches of the regulations. “In our view we need more than just an on-line ‘tick and flick’ on-line course to address the basic flight competency and knowledge requirements for licensing” says Rennie. Registration The proposed registration of the drone will go some way to identifying the culprit when something has gone wrong, but more importantly should instill a greater sense of responsibility. This drone registration was recommended by Governmental review last year. However, we feel that the proposal is further tilting the playing field in favour of unlicensed and uninsured operators. As it stands the proposal is that a recreational drone attracts no annual fee (the drone owner has a $20 fee) while each commercial drone has a fee to CASA between $100 and $160 per drone per year. “This is a further imbalance against licensed professional operators and also encourages people to say they are only operating recreationally in [...]

Australian UAV Successfully Audited to UAS International Quality Standard for Drone Operations

March 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Australian UAV Pty Ltd (AUAV, www.auav.com.au) confirms the successful completion of its audit and accreditation to the new UAS International (UASI, www.uasinternational.com) standard for safety and quality of commercial drone operations. The UASI standard addresses a much-needed gap in the drone services market by certifying operators to meet a high standard of professionalism, safety, experience and capability. Based upon the ICAO standards used internationally by the aviation industry, the standard has recently been expanded to support specialist categories of drone operations. AUAV’s accreditation includes the Aerial Mapping/Survey and Aerial Inspection specialties, which require specific qualifications, processes, experience and training to ensure quality results in these more demanding disciplines. Building upon a previous safety audit by SGS, this sets the company apart. “In the past it has been challenging for the market to differentiate”, says NSW Director Andrew Chapman, “…between professional aerial data service providers like AUAV offering high-end services, and the many smaller operators providing only basic aerial photography”. UASI’s high standard can only be met by companies with rigorous operational and safety management systems, along with the training and experience required to undertake this level of work. The UASI standard also serves as an independently audited panel of approved operators, recommended for the needs of larger companies and government organisations. Any organisation with a need for high-quality drone data can now short-cut the process of tendering or forming a panel of suitable suppliers. This process can be time-consuming and often [...]