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Senate Committee Calls For Tighter Drone Flying Rules

A parliamentary committee has asked Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester to call for greater safeguards for airspace and the public from increasingly popular drones.

The Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee said there are concerns that a serious accident could result from flying a drone. It has issued an official call for all remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) in Australia to be registered with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

“It is of considerable concern to the committee that recreational drone users are not required to register themselves or their equipment before flying a drone,” the committee of MPs said.

Before prospective drone flyers can buy and use the remotely piloted aircraft, they should have to undergo safety awareness training courses, the committee said. Flight logging should be mandatory, along with registration marks on the aircraft.

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