A criteria based approach to unmanned aerial vehicle regulations

McTegg, Stephen (2019) A criteria based approach to unmanned aerial vehicle regulations. [USQ Project]

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The use of commercial and private Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is becoming increasingly popular for both commercial and private use. In Australian alone, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority stated that in 2018 the number of remote pilot licenses had increased by 53% over the previous year. Recent public discourse regarding UAV usage and regulation is centred around public privacy and safety which regulations aim to address. Whilst most jurisdictions have implemented key guidelines and licensing procedures for piloting UAVs, there is marginal consensus amongst regulators and a limited view towards a unified standard. Can there be marginal consensus between the regulations whilst still addressing the concerns identified in the research?

The purpose of this research project is to investigate what the key challenges and issues are that affect the use of UAVs and determine if current regulations are meeting those challenges. During an extensive literature review the primary issues revolving around privacy, safety, security, public nuisance and trespass were examined. From this research a set of criteria was developed to enable a comparative analysis to be performed against existing UAV regulations to determine how they were meeting the issues identified. Five countries were chosen from usage data and length of time between regulatory reviews ensuring any analysis was performed on regulations that were up to date. These countries were: Australia, Canada, EU, UK and the US.

The regulations from each of the countries were then compared against the developed criteria. During the comparative analysis there were clear shortfalls with all regulations falling to meet some of the criteria. These results confirmed what previous researchers had found as key issues were still failing to be addressed. From these results, recommendations were put forth providing avenues for closing the gaps in the regulations.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Simmons, Shane
Qualification: Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours)
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2021 04:22
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2023 22:54
URI: https://sear.unisq.edu.au/id/eprint/43121

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