In a positive move, the Civil Aviation Safety Agency (CASA) of Australia has given its nod to commercial drones to operate over populated areas and in close proximity to people, a decision facilitated by the safety systems developed by ParaZero Technologies. In collaboration with OVRL, an Australian commercial drone operator and training entity, the use of ParaZero's sophisticated parachute safety technology has achieved this authorization.
OVRL, a regional partner of ParaZero, utilized its tailored safety case and Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) application to gain this unprecedented approval. This not only represents a major advancement for OVRL but also sets the stage for other organizations in Australia to receive similar operational consents.
Tim Butler, the CEO of OVRL, expressed his enthusiasm:
“We are thrilled to pioneer this revolutionary capability in the Australian market. Our unwavering dedication to safety, coupled with our position at the vanguard of commercial operations, makes this achievement particularly gratifying. With the legal path now clear for drones to fly over people, we are eager to explore and realize new commercial drone applications.”
Echoing the sentiment, Aaron Gliner, Director of Business Development and Regulation at ParaZero, said, “It's a privilege to witness our SafeAir product line empowering another global region to embark on enhanced drone operations. Our heartfelt thanks go out to CASA and OVRL, our regional allies, for their relentless collaboration spanning several years, focusing on exhaustive safety analyses. Their combined effort undoubtedly stands to benefit commercial drone operators across Australia who are looking to secure similar permissions.”
This landmark authorization by CASA comes on the heels of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) endorsing the Airobotics Optimus-1EX system with an airworthiness Type Certification. This pivotal move is expected to expedite continuous operational permissions for a wide range of flight operations, inclusive of fully automated missions, operations above people, and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations.