The use of Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA)/Drones by University of Technology Sydney both on and off campus is increasing. To ensure that they are operated in a safe manner and operations adhere to the requirements of both safety and civil aviation legislative requirements, UTS Safety & Wellbeing have developed a new procedure, along with appropriate tools and information.
The ‘Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA)/Drone Safety Management Procedure’ has been devised in consultation with the UTS-Drone program, detailing the specific safety requirements for all staff, students and contractors conducting RPA activities. RPA/Drone users are required to register all proposed flights via the online RPA/Drone flight proposal eForm and licensed Pilots must conduct operations in accordance with the UTS General Operating Conditions (GOCs).
UTS Safety & Wellbeing in collaboration with the UTS-Drone will be administering and providing information and support for the registration and safety management of all RPA/Drone flights.
Flight notification and approval
Drone Insurance seeks to cover our legal liability to pay damages in respect of accidental bodily injury and accidental damage to property caused by the Aircraft.
If you are planning on purchasing or have purchased a Drone you must notify UTS Insurance immediately.
Drone Insurance is not available on any drones with a weight of 2kg+ (including payload) unless the operator/pilot has a valid Remote Pilots License (RePL). CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) classes all flights by drones in excess of 2kg for research purposes as being a commercial activity.
All drones must be registered for insurance purposes.
Pilots must adhere to the specific license conditions noted on their Remote Pilot License (RePL), including aircraft weight limitations.
Flights with RPA/Drones weighing less than 2kg (including payloads):
Flights must be registered via the eForm and submitted with the requested flight planning documentation. Flights are then permitted as long as they adhere to the requirements noted in the UTS GOCs.
Flights with RPA/Drones weighing more than 2kg (including payloads):
Flights must be registered via the eForm and submitted with the requested flight planning documentation. Flights are permitted after email approval from the appropriate Authorising Pilot. UTS prohibits any operation of RPA/Drones over 25kg
Contractors must operate under a Remote piloted aircraft Operators Certificate (ReOC).
All flights completed by contractors must be registered via the online eForm by a current UTS staff member. Please note that all contractors must adhere to additional requirements outlined in the RPA Safety Management Procedure.