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Women in Emerging Aviation – Jackie Dujmovic

We are elated to announce that Jackie Dujmovic, CEO of Hover UAV, is among 11 outstanding women who have been honored with an induction into the Women in Emerging Aviation Hall of Fame. This prestigious recognition was conferred upon her at the 7th Annual Women in Emerging Aviation Awards, celebrated at the iconic Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.

The evening was a grand gala event hosted within the walls of the renowned Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. The Hall of Fame inductees were honored in an intimate ceremony. The gala unfolded beneath some of the most legendary aviation milestones and aircraft in history, including but not limited to the pioneering achievements of the Wright Brothers.

The night was an extraordinary occasion as all attendees celebrated the pioneering women making significant strides in the aviation sector. Their innovative contributions and forward-thinking visions forecast a future brimming with innovation, scientific and technological advancements. Representing a wealth of knowledge and expertise, these honorees came from various facets of the Uncrewed Aerial Systems and Advanced Air Mobility sectors.

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Women In Emerging Aviation Hall of Fame Inductees

Loretta Alkalay – Aviation attorney and Adjunct Professor at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. Alkalay holds an FAA remote pilot certificate with a sUAS rating and also serves as a regulatory consultant, specializing in issues related to compliance with federal aviation regulations including drone rules.

Barbara Bollard – Professor Bollard of Australia is a leader in the field of drone remote sensing, renowned for her pioneering research in both Antarctica and extreme desert environments. Her groundbreaking achievements have significantly advanced the capabilities of drone technology, transforming data collection and analysis in these challenging terrains.

Jackie Dujmovic – Founder and CEO of Hover UAV in Australia. As a commercial UAS Pilot and accomplished Chief Remote Pilot, Dujmovic’s expertise is establishing robust communication and procedural frameworks with regulators across local, national, and international spheres. Her ultimate mission is the seamless integration of drone systems into everyday life, commitments to safety, compliance, and navigating intricate operational approvals.

Desiree Ekstein – Founder of On The Go Video and accomplished figure in the UAS industry. Ekstein is dedicated to promoting safety and education as a Lead FAASTeam Representative and AUVSI TOP Level 3 pilot. She is also involved in the “Girls Take Flight” initiative which encourages young women to explore careers in the science and technology fields.

Laurie Grindle – Deputy Center Director, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center. Grindle assists in the management of the NASA field centre, focusing on strategy, business processes, and institutional management. She has also served in leadership roles overseeing Unmanned Air Vehicles and the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew vehicle abort test booster.

Sonet Kock – Director of Drone Policy & Regulatory Development. Sonet is the Founder and Managing Director of AviComply (Pty) Ltd, a leading South African consulting firm specializing in Aviation Compliance Solutions. She is known for her expertise and extensive experience in Aviation Regulatory Compliance and has dedicated her efforts to ensuring quality and safety assurance for both crewed and uncrewed flight operations.

Aviation Hall of Fame

Mercy Makau – President and Founder of the Young Aviator Club of Africa as well as Chairperson of Drone Club Kenya. Makau is considered a passionate change maker, deeply committed to empowering youth and promoting gender equity in Africa’s aviation and aerospace industry.

Jenn Player – Senior Director of Global Aviation Regulatory Affairs at Skydio. Jenn collaborates with customers, regulators, and standards development organizations to advance autonomy and unlock safe and effective docked drone operations. Jenn’s early work to integrate drones into the National Airspace System led to the first long-range BVLOS civil flight in the continental United States.

Dr Debbie Saunders – Founder, CEO and Chief Remote Pilot of Wildlife Drones. The Australian company is transforming biodiversity conservation by developing innovative technological solutions, including the world’s most advanced drone-based radio-telemetry sensor that empowers endangered and invasive species managers globally to simultaneously track the movements of many animals from a drone in real time.

Annalisa Russell-Smith – Chief Strategy Officer, Flyby Technology. The company flew the COVID virus between laboratories and chemotherapy to isolated communities and Russell-Smith was the first civilian female in the United Kingdom to become a Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) pilot.

Abigail Smith – Executive Director (A), of the FAA’s UAS Security Office, which serves as the focal point for all matters related to drone and air mobility (AAM) security in U.S. airspace. Within this role, Smith leads the FAA’s efforts to safely integrate detection and mitigation systems for drones and AAM operations into the National Airspace System.

Women in Emerging Aviation Hall of Fame - Jackie Dujmovic

About the Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies Awards: Initiated in 2017, Women and Drones has been shining a spotlight on those reshaping the UAS/AAM industry. Every year, a global hunt singles out women and entities bringing innovation, enhancing the UAS/AAM industry’s reputation, fostering inclusivity in STEM and aviation, and propelling the industry closer to equal gender representation.

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Jackie Dujmovic, Inducted into the Women in Emerging Aviation Hall of Fame

We’re thrilled to share that Jackie Dujmovic, CEO of Hover UAV, will be among the 11 distinguished women joining the Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies Hall of Fame. This honour will be formally bestowed upon her during the 7th Annual Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies Awards, slated to be held at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., come October 25th. Those in attendance can anticipate mingling with these esteemed Hall of Fame entrants.

Women and Drones have continually celebrated women paving the way in the aviation sphere, their innovations and visions promising a future rich in technological and scientific leaps.

Recently, Women and Drones unveiled this year’s list of luminaries to be inducted into the Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies Hall of Fame. These inductees, an embodiment of experience and expertise, hail from diverse backgrounds within the Uncrewed Aerial Systems and Advanced Air Mobility sectors. Sabrewing Aircraft Company champions this cause by sponsoring the awards. As per Ed De Reyes, Sabrewing’s CEO, they’re keen on celebrating the women driving growth, innovation, and creativity in aviation.

Previous Hall of Fame inductees and this year’s ceremony hosts include Miriam McNabb, the editor of DRONELIFE.com, and Marilyn Pearson, CAE’s Global Regulatory Affairs Lead for AAM/eVTOL/UAS. Pearson highlights the game-changing technologies transforming aviation, akin to the jet engine’s introduction. McNabb eagerly awaits the induction of these trailblazers in Washington DC, lauding their mark on the drone industry.

From the impressive nominations received from around the world, a panel of judges has chosen these eleven outstanding women as 2023 Hall of Fame inductees:

Loretta Alkalay – Aviation attorney and Adjunct Professor at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. Alkalay holds an FAA remote pilot certificate with a sUAS rating and also serves as a regulatory consultant, specializing in issues related to compliance with federal aviation regulations including drone rules.

Barbara Bollard – Professor Bollard of Australia is a leader in the field of drone remote sensing, renowned for her pioneering research in both Antarctica and extreme desert environments. Her groundbreaking achievements have significantly advanced the capabilities of drone technology, transforming data collection and analysis in these challenging terrains.

Jackie Dujmovic – Founder and CEO of Hover UAV in Australia. As a commercial UAS Pilot and accomplished Chief Remote Pilot, Dujmovic’s expertise is establishing robust communication and procedural frameworks with regulators across local, national, and international spheres. Her ultimate mission is the seamless integration of drone systems into everyday life, commitments to safety, compliance, and navigating intricate operational approvals.

Desiree Ekstein – Founder of On The Go Video and accomplished figure in the UAS industry. Ekstein is dedicated to promoting safety and education as a Lead FAASTeam Representative and AUVSI TOP Level 3 pilot. She is also involved in the “Girls Take Flight” initiative which encourages young women to explore careers in the science and technology fields.

Laurie Grindle – Deputy Center Director, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center. Grindle assists in the management of the NASA field centre, focusing on strategy, business processes, and institutional management. She has also served in leadership roles overseeing Unmanned Air Vehicles and the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew vehicle abort test booster.

Sonet Kock – Director of Drone Policy & Regulatory Development. Sonet is the Founder and Managing Director of AviComply (Pty) Ltd, a leading South African consulting firm specializing in Aviation Compliance Solutions. She is known for her expertise and extensive experience in Aviation Regulatory Compliance and has dedicated her efforts to ensuring quality and safety assurance for both crewed and uncrewed flight operations.

Mercy Makau – President and Founder of the Young Aviator Club of Africa as well as Chairperson of Drone Club Kenya. Makau is considered a passionate change maker, deeply committed to empowering youth and promoting gender equity in Africa’s aviation and aerospace industry.

Jenn Player – Senior Director of Global Aviation Regulatory Affairs at Skydio. Jenn collaborates with customers, regulators, and standards development organizations to advance autonomy and unlock safe and effective docked drone operations. Jenn’s early work to integrate drones into the National Airspace System led to the first long-range BVLOS civil flight in the continental United States.

Dr Debbie Saunders – Founder, CEO and Chief Remote Pilot of Wildlife Drones. The Australian company is transforming biodiversity conservation by developing innovative technological solutions, including the world’s most advanced drone-based radio-telemetry sensor that empowers endangered and invasive species managers globally to simultaneously track the movements of many animals from a drone in real time.

Annalisa Russell-Smith – Chief Strategy Officer, Flyby Technology. The company flew the COVID virus between laboratories and chemotherapy to isolated communities and Russell-Smith was the first civilian female in the United Kingdom to become a Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) pilot.

Abigail Smith – Executive Director (A), of the FAA’s UAS Security Office, which serves as the focal point for all matters related to drone and air mobility (AAM) security in U.S. airspace. Within this role, Smith leads the FAA’s efforts to safely integrate detection and mitigation systems for drones and AAM operations into the National Airspace System.

About the Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies Awards: Initiated in 2017, Women and Drones has been shining a spotlight on those reshaping the UAS/AAM industry. Every year, a global hunt singles out women and entities bringing innovation, enhancing the UAS/AAM industry’s reputation, fostering inclusivity in STEM and aviation, and propelling the industry closer to equal gender representation.

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Hover UAV Clinches 2023 Aviation Support Business of the Year at the Australian Aviation Awards

A Milestone Event in the Aviation Industry

The Australian Aviation Awards, the cornerstone event for the aviation sector in Australia, has just concluded its 2023 ceremony, and what a phenomenal experience it was! Held in August, the black-tie gala was nothing short of spectacular, featuring aviation luminaries, industry thought leaders and professionals who have devoted their careers to the advancement of aviation in Australia. Among the list of prestigious accolades, one award stood out for its testament to dedication, innovation, and service excellence: the Aviation Support Business of the Year. The winner? Hover UAV.

Celebrating Excellence in Support and Innovation

Hover UAV has proven itself to be more than just a company; it is a vanguard in the ever-evolving landscape of Australian aviation. Their work in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has not only set new standards in terms of efficiency and safety but also pushed the boundaries of technological innovation in the sector.

The Aviation Support Business of the Year award celebrates companies that have shown exemplary service, operational excellence, and an unwavering commitment to elevate the aviation sector. With this award, Hover UAV has achieved a milestone that symbolises industry-wide recognition of its efforts to create safer and more efficient airspace.

A Platform for Connection and Visibility

The Australian Aviation Awards aims to foster greater connectivity within the aviation industry, offering a platform for professionals and businesses to showcase their accomplishments. Open to all, irrespective of location or specialisation, the awards are quickly becoming the universal benchmark for excellence in Australian aviation.

Hover UAV’s victory in this esteemed category, therefore, is a monumental achievement. Not just an endorsement by a panel of industry experts, this win signifies a nod from the entire aviation community, recognising the critical role that support services like Hover UAV play in enriching the aviation ecosystem.

A Bright Future

This national awards program encourages businesses like Hover UAV to continually strive for excellence, propelling the Australian aviation industry into the global spotlight.

Hover UAV’s accolade is an indicator of the company’s promising trajectory and its potential to bring groundbreaking changes to how we perceive and interact with our skies. If the Australian Aviation Awards are a barometer for the future of aviation in the country, then the winds are surely blowing in the direction of unprecedented innovation and global prominence.


For more updates on the Australian Aviation Awards and insights into the aviation industry, https://australianaviation.com.au/australian-aviation-awards/winners/2023-winners-and-finalists.

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Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS)

Mastering BARS Audits with Hover UAV: Your Guide to Drone Compliance

Navigating the complex world of aviation compliance can be daunting, especially when it comes to the rapidly evolving field of drone or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) technology. But with Hover UAV, securing a BARS (Basic Aviation Risk Standard) Audit becomes a breeze. This blog post is designed to demystify what a BARS audit is and how our specialised services can guide you through this critical process.

A Primer on BARS – Basic Aviation Risk Standard Audits

Before diving into the how-to, let’s decode what a BARS audit entails. Developed by the Flight Safety Foundation, the BARS program is an internationally recognized safety standard used to assess the risk profile of aviation operations.

The RPAS BARS Audit provides an in-depth evaluation of an operator’s management systems and operations, analysing and verifying the procedures, processes, and systems in place to mitigate risk. From safety assurance to efficiency checks, the BARS audit ensures operators are fully equipped to handle a variety of operational environments.

Why Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) Audits Matter

1. Comprehensive Assessment: A BARS audit offers a thorough review that meets the criteria of multiple contracting companies, saving time and resources.

2. Suitability Check: It guarantees that operators can adequately manage remote and complex conditions.

3. Enhanced Safety: The audit provides an additional layer of safety for your assets, operations, and employees.

4. Access to Best Practices: It opens up avenues to globally recognised, effective practices in aviation risk management.

Introduction to the RPAS Audit Program

Special Operational Categories in BARS Audits

The BARS audit also includes Operational Categories, and appendices for specific operations using RPAS. These categories extend to:

  • Operations in underground or confined spaces
  • Beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations
  • Offshore or maritime environment operations
  • Use of RPAS with external or sling loads
How to become a BARS Registered RPAS Operator

Hover UAV: Your Partner in BARS Audit Success

BARS – Basic Aviation Risk Standard. At Hover UAV, we understand the increasing dependence on RPAS technology in industries like mining, offshore oil and gas, and others. As more organisations engage RPAS operators, the need for compliance with the BARS standard has grown significantly.

Our dedicated team of experts provides comprehensive support throughout the BARS audit process. Our services include ensuring all audit requirements are met, updating Operations Manuals and procedures, and guaranteeing compliance with necessary regulations.

For added peace of mind, we offer in-person support on the audit day, smoothing out the process and reducing the compliance burden. Our commitment is to make the audit experience seamless and hassle-free for you.

Hover UAV’s Pricing Structure

  • Comprehensive Checklists Support: $2000
  • Support to Update Manuals/Procedures: $250 per hour
  • In-person Support for Audit: $250 per hour

BARS – Basic Aviation Risk Standard. Trust in Hover UAV to streamline your BARS Audit, promising safety, efficiency, and compliance, and offering you the peace of mind you deserve.

In the complex world of drone compliance, partnering with Hover UAV gives you a significant advantage. Contact us today, and let’s conquer your BARS audit together!

Australian Aviation Awards 2023

Jackie Dujmovic and Hover UAV Soar to the Finals of the Australian Aviation Awards 2023

Finalists Australian Aviation Awards


In a significant industry announcement, both Jackie Dujmovic, CEO of Hover UAV, and her dynamic team have been shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Aviation Awards 2023. This recognition underscores the invaluable contributions both Jackie and Hover UAV have made to the Australian aviation sector.

Both Jackie and Hover UAV have been selected as finalists in highly competitive categories. Dujmovic is in the running for ‘Aviation Safety Professional of the Year’, while Hover UAV has its sights set on ‘Aviation Support Business of the Year’.

The Australian Aviation Awards stands as a beacon of excellence, shining a light on those individuals and businesses whose efforts significantly shape the evolution of Australia’s aviation industry. This nationwide awards program culminates in a black-tie gala event in Sydney, serving as a vital networking opportunity to foster deeper relationships within the sector and offer increased visibility for the aviation business in Australia.

The final shortlist for the awards, unveiled on July 11, 2023, features a distinguished collection of over 145 high achievers spread across 28 categories. Each finalist exemplifies the unyielding determination and unwavering commitment to driving forward the industry.

Jackie Dujmovic

Jackie Dujmovic, CEO, Hover UAV


Adam Thorn of Australian Aviation remarked on the high volume of entries for this year’s awards, “Our nominees should feel immensely proud to have been shortlisted. They’ve shown incredible initiative to not only survive but thrive in the aftermath of COVID-19, navigating the challenges of inflation and talent shortages.”

Expressing her pride and humility in being named a finalist in the Australian Aviation Awards 2023, Dujmovic attributed the success to her team’s dedication, stating, “Hover UAV’s recognition for our excellent contribution to the aviation industry reinforces the strength of our service, our commitment to community engagement and our dedication to our clients. It is a testament to our incredible team and their relentless drive to push boundaries.”

This recognition signals a significant milestone in the journey of Jackie Dujmovic and Hover UAV, testifying to their commitment to safety, customer engagement, and boundary-pushing innovation in the aviation industry. This is an exciting moment for the industry, and we eagerly anticipate the gala event. We also would like to congratulate all the other well-deserved finalists. Regardless of the final outcome, this is a victory worth celebrating.

BVLOS Regulatory Processes

BVLOS Regulatory Processes

In this interview, it is discussed the intricacies and challenges in optimising regulatory processes for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations. Jackie Dujmovic, CEO of Hover UAV calls attention to the necessity for clear and direct regulations, to simplify the approval process. They underscore the need to comprehend the concept of operations and devise suitable technical solutions accordingly. Jackie refers to progressive solutions such as parachutes, redundant systems, and software programming to reduce operational risks. She advocates for cooperation, seeking support, and educating regulators as vital tactics in managing the regulatory landscape. The conversation concludes with a discussion about the future impact of regulatory processes in maximising the potential of BVLOS operations and the importance of implementing standard scenarios to expedite the process.

Discussion:- Jackie Dujmovic, Hover UAV & Jason San Souci of FlytBase
Profly Cinema

Introducing Profly Cinema

We’re absolutely thrilled at Hover UAV to introduce one of our clients, Profly Cinema! The team at Profly Cinema, fuelled by their relentless creativity and passion, have been collaborating closely with our team, leading to an extraordinary achievement – securing close proximity approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority!

Profly Cinema was founded by two world-class drone racing pilots Ben Mortensen and Rudi Browning. Ben and Rudi are highly skilled pilots having won FAI World Championship titles in 2018 and travelled extensively around the world racing drones at the highest competitive levels. When Covid put an end to international travel and racing, they transitioned their dynamic piloting skills to the film industry.

Profly Cinema

For over twelve months we have been consulting with Profly Cinema to develop their manuals and procedures which has led to a number of CASA approvals that allow them to legally fly their drones with First Person View (FPV), conduct extended visual line (EVLOS) of site operations, fly at night, and in close proximity to talent.

Chief remote pilot Ben Mortensen said “Our piloting skills and film experience have rapidly earned us a reputation in the industry as the ‘go-to pilots’ for specialised drone operations. With our CASA approvals, we can legally conduct drone operations in a safe and controlled environment for our clients and capture unique, creative, and engaging shots. We’ve invested heavily in our systems, procedures, and the latest drone technology.” Profly Cinema offers a comprehensive range of drone services, featuring state-of-the-art platforms such as the Inspire 3 with RTK, Cinema FPV, Gimbal FPV, GoPro FPV, and Close Proximity Drones.

Showreel Shot by Profly Cinema Pilots

Ben said “Given the complex legislative requirements regarding RPAS operations in Australia, it’s been great to have the support of the team at Hover UAV. Their legislative knowledge of the industry is second to none. As we are rapidly expanding they have also helped us with some workload by handling CASA applications and negotiations on our behalf.”

Rudi Browning explained “We identified a gap in the Australian market” and “It was a natural progression for us to go from drone racing to film. Racing allowed us to develop the skills to fly and perform under pressure. We can now transform that skill and deliver creative content for the film industry.” When asking Rudi what it’s like working in the film and TV industry, Rudi said “It’s so much fun. We get to travel to amazing locations and work with amazing people.” Rudi also says “It comes with incredibly long hours and can be stressful. Sometimes you only have one chance to get the shot, so you need to be on your game. Plus, flying a drone through the air with a $50K camera on board is not for everyone, so you need to be confident with what you do and have the equipment and skills to match.” 

Rudi and Ben also spend their time educating school students about drone safety, highlighting and promoting CASA’s Know Your Drone Campaign. “We love to share our story about what it’s like being a professional drone pilot and how we’ve turned our passion into a career,” Ben and Rudi said. “Kids see some of the stuff we do and the cool shots we get with a drone, but it’s important for the general public to understand we have special approvals and procedures in place to do what we do and it’s done in a controlled environment. It’s important that drone pilots understand they need to remain 30 meters from people, and that’s why we like to help educate future upcoming drone pilots.”

Profly Cinema

Hover UAV are proud to work with the team at Profly Cinema and help them achieve their goals and we look forward to seeing some more of their work on the big screen. They are in a unique position within the film industry by having truly world-class pilots headlining the company’s operations.

You can check out their work at www.proflycinema.com

AAUS Industry Awards - Winner Education and Safety - Hover UAV

Hover UAV Triumphs at AAUS Industry Champion Awards: A Milestone in BVLOS Training and Safety Education

Hover UAV AAUS Winners

Hover UAV, a distinguished RPAS consulting firm, has etched another milestone by clinching the coveted Australian Association for Uncrewed Systems (AAUS) Education and Safety Award. This significant accomplishment, announced during the grand AAUS Industry Champion Awards ceremony in Canberra on June 14, 2023, is the company’s first win in this category.

The AAUS Education and Safety Award is a testament to the unwavering commitment of individuals or organisations toward fostering a culture of safety within the unmanned systems industry. In addition, the award recognises the exceptional efforts in providing education and leadership within this rapidly evolving sector.

Hover UAV’s Founder and Director, Jackie Dujmovic, expressed her joy over this achievement at the esteemed AAUS Industry Champion Awards. She proclaimed, “This win mirrors the remarkable leadership and innovative strides taken by our team at Hover UAV in the realm of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) training and safety education.”

Based on the Gold Coast, Hover UAV faced formidable competition from numerous organisations across Australia. Nevertheless, the company soared to victory, reflecting its unrivaled efforts within the sector. This award not only underscores Hover UAV’s significant strides in BVLOS education but also reinforces its leading position within the industry.

Photo: Hover UAV, Nicola McPhail, Phillip Grieve, Jackie Dujmovic

This triumph follows Hover UAV’s impressive track record of industry recognition, including being a finalist in the Australian Aviation Awards, winner of the Airwards Consultancy award, and reaching the finalist stage for the previous four years at the AAUS industry awards.

Reiterating the value of teamwork, Jackie stated, “Every triumph of the company is a shared accomplishment. Our team’s dedication and passion have been instrumental in shaping Hover UAV’s achievements. As we continue to spearhead innovation in the BVLOS training and education space, we anticipate the positive ripple effect this will have on the industry and the companies embracing our training programs.”

To discover more about Hover UAV and its industry-leading BVLOS training programs, kindly visit: https://hoveruav.com.au/.

Hover UAV AAUS Winner

Winner Hover UAV - AAUS Education and Safety Category
Approval Military No-fly Zones

General Approval for Military No-fly Zones

In collaboration with the Department of Defence, CASA is streamlining the procedure for RPA operators to fly within the no-fly zone of aerodromes controlled by the military.

Effective from April 30, 2023, RPA operators planning to fly below 400 ft AGL within the no-fly zone of a military-controlled aerodrome are required to:

  • Include a copy of Instrument 23/23 in their operations manual (there is no need to submit the updated manual to CASA)
  • Obtain permission from the military control tower prior to commencing operations by contacting the relevant tower or military unit.

When operating within the no-fly zone of a military-controlled aerodrome, a NOTAM must be issued, irrespective of the altitude. The military control tower may issue the NOTAM for specific operations. This is a stipulation of CASR 101.030 and Instrument 23/23.

RPA operators intending to fly above 400 ft AGL, perform BVLOS, EVLOS, drone swarm, or any other operation that falls outside the conditions and authorisations of the ReOC near a military-controlled aerodrome, must still apply to CASA using form 101-09.

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Changes to BVLOS EVLOS Qualifications

Changes to BVLOS EVLOS Requirements

Changes to BVLOS EVLOS Requirements

CASA releases new changes for qualifications required for EVLOS operations and BVLOS Enclosed Operations

CASA has just announced the release of a new instrument for RPAS operators in Australia – the CASA EX27/23 – Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operations Beyond Visual Line of Sight Exemption 2023. This instrument, which comes into effect today, will be valid until August 31, 2024. It replaces the previous instrument, EX46/21, and requires those currently operating EVLOS and BVLOS to update their CASA operations manual.

“Now both EVLOS Class I and Class II no longer require a Remote Pilot to hold a pass in IREX or BVLOS OCTA Exam”

The new CASA EX27/23 instrument brings some exciting and additional changes for operators. Firstly, it now allows for the operation of both EVLOS Class 1 and EVLOS Class 2 without requiring the Remote Pilot to hold a pass in the IREX or the CASA-approved OCTA exam or the need for a supervising remote pilot to hold those qualifications. Whereas the old instrument only allowed this for Class 1. However, it’s important to note that the ReOC holder will still need to be approved for EVLOS Class 1 or EVLOS Class 1 and 2 and have approved documents and procedures.

“BVLOS enclosed operations no longer require a Remote Pilot to hold a pass in IREX or BVLOS OCTA Exam or need a supervising Remote Pilot with those qualifications ”

This new instrument still permits BVLOS enclosed operations without requiring the Remote Pilot to hold a pass in the IREX or the CASA-approved OCTA exam however there is now no need for a supervising Remote Pilot. Again, the ReOC holder will still need to be approved for BVLOS enclosed operations and have approved documents and procedures. Enclosed operations refer to RPA operations that take place within a building or other structure or a naturally occurring or manufactured space underground.

Like the previous instrument, the CASA EX27/23 instrument still allows for BVLOS operations to be conducted with a supervising remote pilot. This means that a remote pilot who doesn’t hold a pass in the IREX or approved BVLOS OCTA exam can have a supervising remote pilot who does hold these licenses supervise their flight. The supervising pilot will need to be located at the place where the remote pilot is operating, readily accessible to the remote pilot, and immediately available to advise and direct them.

Overall, the release of the CASA EX27/23 instrument brings some exciting opportunities for RPAS operators in Australia. If you require any assistance adding these changes into your current operations please reach out to the team at Hover UAV today.

A full copy of the instrument can be found here and is copied below. Changes to BVLOS EVLOS Requirements

Changes to BVLOS EVLOS Qualifications

Instrument number CASA EX27/23

I, CHRISTOPHER PAUL MONAHAN, Executive Manager, National Operations & Standards, a delegate of CASA, make this instrument under regulations 11.160 and 11.205 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998.

[Signed Chris Monahan]

Christopher P. Monahan
Executive Manager, National Operations & Standards

5 April 2023

CASA EX27/23 — Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operations Beyond Visual Line of Sight Exemption 2023

1      Name

                 This instrument is CASA EX27/23 — Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operations Beyond Visual Line of Sight Exemption 2023.

2      Duration

              This instrument:

(a)   commences on the day after it is registered; and

(b)   is repealed at the end of 31 August 2024.

3      Repeal of instrument number CASA EX46/21

                 CASA EX46/21 — Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operations Beyond Visual Line of Sight Instrument 2021 is repealed.

4      Interpretation

Note   In this instrument, certain terms and expressions have the same meaning as they have in the Civil Aviation Act 1988 and the regulations. These include: operated within the visual line of sight, remote pilot licence and RPA.

     (1) In this instrument:

documented practices and procedures has the meaning given by subsection 1.04(2) of the Part 101 Manual of Standards.

enclosed operation means an RPA operation in which an RPA is operated within a building or other structure, or a naturally occurring or manufactured space underground, in circumstances where:

(a)   it is physically impossible for the RPA to escape and fly away from the building, structure or space if the RPA is no longer under the control of the remote pilot operating the RPA; and

(b)   if the RPA collides with any part of the building, structure or periphery of the space, no material from the RPA, or building, structure or periphery of the space, can move or escape and cause injury to a person outside the building, structure or space.

EVLOS operation has the meaning given by section 5.04 of the Part 101 Manual of Standards.

exempted flight means a flight of an RPA that is operated beyond visual line of sight of the person operating the RPA at any time during the flight.

remote pilot means:

(a)   the holder of a remote pilot license; or

(b)   a person who is taken to hold a remote pilot license under sub regulation 202.461(3) of CASR.

RPA operator means a person who is certified as an RPA operator under regulation 101.335 of CASR.

supervising remote pilot, for an RPA operation, means a remote pilot who:

(a)   meets the requirements of sub regulation 101.300(4) of CASR for operating an RPA beyond visual line of sight; and

(b)   either:

          (i)  is the RPA operator of the RPA being operated during the RPA operation; or

         (ii)  if the remote pilot is not the RPA operator of the RPA — has been appointed by the RPA operator to supervise the person operating the RPA during the RPA operation.

     (2) In this instrument, an RPA is operated beyond visual line of sight of the person operating the RPA if it is not operated within the visual line of sight of the person.

5      Exemptions

     (1) A remote pilot who, as an RPA operator or member of an RPA operator’s personnel, operates an RPA for an exempted flight is exempt from compliance with paragraph 101.300(4)(a) of CASR.

     (2) Subject to subsection (3), a remote pilot who, as a member of an RPA operator’s personnel, operates an RPA for an exempted flight is exempt from compliance with sub-regulation 101.073(1) of CASR.

     (3) The exemption granted under subsection (2) only applies if the RPA operator holds an approval, under regulation 101.029 of CASR, for the operator’s personnel to operate the RPA beyond visual line of sight.

     (4) The exemptions are subject to the conditions stated in section 6.

6      Conditions

     (1) The remote pilot must ensure the RPA operation complies with the documented practices and procedures for operating the RPA for an exempted flight.

     (2) Subject to subsection (4), the remote pilot must operate the RPA under the immediate supervision of the supervising remote pilot, for the RPA operation, who is:

(a)   at the place where the remote pilot is located; and

(b)   readily accessible to the remote pilot; and

(c)   immediately available to advise, and direct, the remote pilot.

Note   This subsection does not limit the supervising remote pilot observing multiple flights of RPAs, for the RPA operator, at the same time.

     (3)     Subject to subsection (4), the remote pilot must comply with the directions, in relation to the RPA operation, of the supervising remote pilot for the RPA operation.     (4) Subsections (2) and (3) do not apply if the RPA operation is an enclosed operation or EVLOS operation.

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