Australian Airspace Policy Statement 2018
Under Section 8 of the Airspace Act 2007 (the Act) the Minister must make the Australian Airspace Policy Statement (AAPS).
The AAPS provides guidance to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) on the administration of Australian airspace noting the functions of and exercise of powers by CASA are set out in the Act and the Airspace Regulations 2007.
The current AAPS came into effect on 5 October 2018.
A number of changes have been made from the previous AAPS, to include:
- an additional principle under Clause 8 requiring the consideration of cost implications for all airspace users; and
- an additional clause under the Government’s Policy Objectives in the new AAPS concerning the operation of remotely piloted aircraft systems and very high altitude aircraft (Clause 36).