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QUT unmanned aircraft flights gain CASA approval

13 February 2015

A QUT-led aerospace research facility, based in Brisbane, is the first facility of its kind in Australia to be granted CASA certification to fly unmanned aircraft (UA).

The Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) conducts research into all aspects of aviation automation, with a particular research focus on autonomous technologies.

ARCAA Director, QUT Professor Duncan Campbell, said the Centre had now received a CASA UAV Operators Certificate to fly unmanned aircraft in Australian airspace to further advance research in the applications and airspace integration of unmanned aircraft. This follows a recent CASA decision that all research organisations must be certified for unmanned aircraft operations for research purposes. Read more.