New Zealand invites feedback on new drone regulatory regime

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New Zealand’s Ministry of Transport is seeking feedback on its proposal to enhance the country’s drone regulatory regime and enable the integration of drones into the civil aviation system.

Submissions are requested by 21 May 2021.

The Ministry proposes to introduce a series of regulatory measures that together will enable the integration of drones into the aviation system. This series of measures include:

  • Rules updates: to make the Rules clearer, fairer and future focused.
  • Basic pilot qualification: to improve knowledge and awareness of rules.
  • Drone registration: to be able to identify drones and their owners in order to ensure that important information can be communicated to operators, and improve enforcement. Drone weighing 250 grams or over would have to be registered.

Following implementation of this first set of measures, the Ministry intends to consider addition measures relating to remote identification and geo-awareness.



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