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Extending AFP search powers at Australian airports

Current stop, search and seize powers are under Division 3A of Part IAA (Div 3A) of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) (Act) and extend to AFP Officers. Div 3A will expire on 7 September 2018. The Counter Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No.1) 2018 (Cth) (Bill) is seeking to extend the provisions for a further 3 years (until 7 September 2021). If it is passed AFP officers will continue to have the power to stop, search, question and seize in all Commonwealth areas (e.g. federally leased airports which are Australia’s gateway to the world) if the officer suspects on reasonable grounds the person may have committed […]

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Firsts: EU-wide Drone Regulation and UTM for Australia

On 26 June 2018, the European Council adopted new Civil Aviation Regulations (Regulations), which include the first ever European Union (EU)-wide unmanned aircraft[i] (otherwise referred to as remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS)) rules.[ii] The Regulations require RPAS operators to be registered and the aircraft themselves to be individually marked and identified under certain circumstances. It also requires States to digitally store and be able to exchange registration information. The Council’s adoption of these new rules signify a unified move forward from the previously fragmented approach to RPAS regulation across the EU. The introduction of a “risk and performance-based approach to […]

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Responding to 9/11 terrorist attacks—new international aviation laws criminalise jamming and spoofing of civil aircraft

On 1 July 2018 a new international convention came into effect.[i] Its purpose—to expand the hijacking offences under international law in response to the 9/11 attacks against the United States. Before 9/11, using civilian aircraft as a weapon was yet not contemplated in international law. After 9/11, the international community came together at a diplomatic conference on air law in Beijing in 2010 to address the new threats against civil aviation. The result was a new Convention – the Convention on the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Relating to International Civil Aviation (Beijing Convention). The Beijing Convention was drafted along with […]

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Launching Space Prize Australia

Space Prize Australia is seeking to create a significant financial prize that will be awarded to a collaboration of enterprises that can demonstrate Australian space capability concurrently across all sectors of the space industry – that is, the launch of a wholly Australian made satellite, on an Australian rocket, from an Australian launch facility, operated by Australians, in Australia, using Australian ground control stations, and producing data that is commercialised in Australian user applications. Watch this space for further details of the Prize and the requirements to both contribute and apply.

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It Could be Time to Say Bye to Drone By-laws

There will be a battle in the High Court of Australia later this year between two Northern Territory entities, the Government’s Work Health Authority, and a hot air ballooning company, the result of which may have inadvertent consequences for drone users.[1] Under Commonwealth law, drone (otherwise known as “unmanned aircraft” or “remotely piloted aircraft [RPA]”) operations are regulated under the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR’s), specifically, Part 101 “Unmanned Aircraft and Rockets”. Many local governments however have also created their own by-laws to impose additional restrictions on drone activities.[2] Local governments are empowered by state legislation to create laws […]

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IALPG proud to sponsor Neighbour Day 2017

IALPG is proud to be a sponsor of Neighbour Day, being held at Oriel Park (127 Reeve St, Ascot Queensland) on 26 March 2017. National Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community. It encourages people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood. Neighbour Day is a free event however there is a fundraising aspect to the event as well. Many local business and community organisations as well as volunteers are donating their time and/or goods and services for this event. The aim is to raise money for the purchase and training of a service dog for a local resident who has […]

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Duncan Blake joins IALPG – new Space Law capability

International Aerospace Law & Policy Group welcomes its newest member of the team, Duncan Blake. After 22 years serving in the Royal Australian Air Force as a legal officer in postings at the tactical, operational and strategic level in Australia and deployed abroad, Duncan recently transferred to the Reserves and joined IALPG as a Consultant. He is recognised as a leading expert globally on the law of outer space in a military and strategic context. His experience spans legal support to military operations in all domains (land, sea, cyber, electronic and particularly air, as well as space). In addition to […]

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Uni of Auckland wins 2016 IALPG ANZALM

The third annual Australia and New Zealand Air Law Moot (ANZALM) competition took place on September 3 and 4 in Auckland, hosted by the University of Auckland. The event was an immense success. A record number of teams participated in this year’s competition. The 6 teams were Auckland University of Technology, University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, University of Otago, University of Queensland, and the University of Waikato. The moot problem involved a hypothetical scenario concerning the legality of an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in international airspace, and the subsequent interception and destruction of a remotely piloted civilian aircraft […]

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Sign the petition to support disallowance of recent Australian drone amendment laws

See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArJqpGOPnz0  Sign the petition at: https://www.change.org/p/senate-disallow-unsafe-recent-amendments-to-australia-s-drone-laws?recruiter=585633083&utm_source=petitions_show_components_action_panel_wrapper&utm_medium=copylink&recuruit_context=copylink_long On 29 March 2016 the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) introduced an amendment to Part 101 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) and other regulations, called the Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment (Part 101) Regulation 2016 (CALA). CALA was tabled in both Houses on 18 April 2016. ACUO seeks your support for a member of the Senate to put a Notice of Motion for disallowance of this particular piece of problematic delegated legislation.  Disallowance, if voted by majority of the Senate, will mean that CALA is repealed, and we get to think afresh […]

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UK Aviation Club meeting report

Last month, IALPG’s European Executive Consultant and Regional Liaison, Arpad Szakal had the opportunity to attend a luncheon at the UK Aviation Club which has more than 500 professional members from a broad-cross section of the civil aviation community. The membership is drawn from airlines, airports, finance houses, manufacturers as well as regulators. The Aviation Club hosts eight Club luncheons annually and each lunch offers a platform to network and do business. The lunch was held at the Institute of Directors and was well attended with 150+ attendees. The guest speaker was the President and CEO of Airbus, one of the […]

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