It's your last chance to comment on the future of drones in Australia

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More than 1,000 people and organisations have already commented on the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) discussion paper on drone safety regulation since it opened for public submissions three weeks ago.

CASA estimates there are at least 50,000 drones being used in Australia today.

The authority introduced major changes in September 2016 to cover recreational, sub-2 kg commercial and commercial drone operations, and in May this year, launched the “Can I fly there?” drone safety app, which shows where drones can and can’t be used. It has so far had more than 72,000 downloads/ unique users.

In July, CASA said there were 5,870 remotely piloted aircraft licence (RePL) holders and 1,106 remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificate (ReOC) holders in Australia, alongside the amateur pilots who don’t need a licence.

The discussion paper covers five key issues: drone registration; training and education of drone operators; geo-fencing; counter drone technology; and future approaches to drone aviation safety regulation.

Submissions are open until September 22.

The discussion paper and link for feedback are here.

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