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Drones Can be an Ethical Way to Study Wildlife but the Law Needs to Catch Up

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As an ecologist who has studied endangered species for many years, I absolutely relate to Mark Dunsmuir’s feeling of privilege and responsibility when it comes to observing and studying wildlife.  It certainly is wonderful experience to observe, document and capture moments of natural wildlife behaviour. As a scientist, whenever I do formal wildlife research, I am required to go through extensive ethics approvals processes to evaluate the impact of my actions and identify every opportunity to minimise or avoid disturbance to both target and non-target animals. So it’s great to hear photographers also actively expressing the same interest in capturing […]

Proposed Changes to Australian Drone Laws

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CASA is seeking public feedback on planned changes to drone laws in Australia. While these reforms may increase the cost of drone usage for certain users, they aim to provide greater operational flexibility to experienced drone operators and improve safety for all remote pilot license (RePL) holders through test standards and regulation. Recreational drone users are largely unaffected by the proposed reforms, as new stronger and clearer laws covering recreational use were introduced late last year. The proposed Part 101 (unmanned aircraft and rockets) Manual of Standards 2018 (CD 1807US) includes: Aeronautical knowledge examination and practical competency standards for RePL […]