March 4th, 2013
According to a recent article in abc.com.au:
Hundreds of small commercially operated drones could soon take to Australian skies under a radical new set of rules proposed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in Melbourne this week.
Under a new weight class system, prospective drone entrepreneurs with craft weighing 2 kilograms or less could take off after completing nothing more than an online application form.
CASA officials say they want to encourage use of this emerging technology, but the drone plan will be forced to dodge flak from opponents who have raised serious concerns over safety and privacy.
The article explains that even though Australia has yet to have a public drone debate:
In stark contrast to the United States, public opinion in Australia remains finely balanced by disinterest.
If a drone is used to assist in the rescue of the drowning swimmer, perhaps widespread acceptance will follow. But if a multi-rotor gets sucked into the engine of an Airbus on take-off from Mascot, we may well see drone control right up there alongside gun control.
Compared to the hysterical approach currently going on in the US this all seems to rational!
Thanks to Dave Williamson, Key Real Estate Photography of Perth, for passing along this article.