Call for Development Group Members – AS 7460 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (Drones) – Operational Requirements


CALL FOR DEVELOPMENT GROUP MEMBERS –AS 7460 OPERATION OF REMOTELY PILOTED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (DRONES) ON THE RAIL NETWORK

The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) is seeking nominations from people to join a Development Group to develop a new Australian Standard – AS 7460 Operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (Drones) on the Rail Network.

Overview
The use of drones within the rail industry is rapidly increasing with trials being undertaken to make best use of this technology. Although there are governing requirements for drones in general, there are no specific requirements for their use within the rail corridor/environment.

This Australian Standard will provide the rail industry with a set of requirements which will ensure the current use of remotely piloted aircraft systems is recognised and assists in the evolving introduction and future use of such systems. This Standard will address accredited rail operator usage of drone technology for security, infrastructure inspections, trespasser locating, carrying payload and potential for rapid response capability. The current regulation is set by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) with no exceptions for drones operating in a rail environment.

How to contribute
Stakeholders and interested parties are invited to submit nominations for subject matter experts to join this Development Group to contribute to the overall depth and quality of the Standard.

Development Group membership is voluntary and requires the support of your organisation to attend and contribute. There will be 4 meetings over the development period – 2 face-to-face (expected in March and June 2019) and 2 teleconferences (December 2018 and September 2019). Further information on the responsibilities of a Development Group member can be obtained from the RISSB website.

All nominations and enquiries are to be submitted to dmckell@rissb.com.au.

As part of your nomination, can you please provide a brief detailing your contact details, your interest in this development (materially affected party, subject matter expert, etc.), and any other information which might support your participation.

Your information will assist us in ensuring a balanced representation from all major interest categories in the development of this document.

Closing date for nominations Friday, 23rd November 2018.