Motorcycling Australia (MA) have released their official Use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (Drones) Policy.
MA understands that the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs), commonly known as drones, has increased in motorcycle sport and provides recording opportunities which have not historically been available in the sport. The use of RPAs must be undertaken in a regulated manner to mitigate and control risks posed to others. As such this policy governs the use of RPAs at MA sanctioned events.
Use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (Drones)
Policy Number MA.39.01
Short description MA has adopted the following Policy in relation to the
use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (Drones) at MA
Relevant to Event organisers, Relevant Controlling Bodies, Officials and RPA Piolets
Author(s) RCM, NTM
Responsible Area Technical
Date introduced May 2015
Date(s) modified November 2017
Review Schedule As required
Related documents CASA Policies and Procedures
Motorcycling Australia (MA) understands that the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft
(RPAs), commonly known as drones, has increased in motorcycle sport and provides
recording opportunities which have not historically been available in the sport. The
use of RPAs must be undertaken in a regulated manner to mitigate and control risks
posed to others. As such this policy governs the use of RPAs at MA sanctioned
a) This policy applies to all MA sanctioned events
b) This policy is a bylaw of the MA General Competition Rules
For the purposes of this policy a Remotely Piloted Aircraft also includes a large,
small and micro RPA and include:
b) Remotely controlled model aircraft;
c) Unmanned aerial vehicle;
d) ‘throw and shoot’ flying camera’
e) Tethered and unmanned free balloon’
f) Unpiloted air vehicle; and
g) Unmanned aerial system
a) A RPA can only be used at an MA sanctioned event with the permission of
the Event Promoter and otherwise in accordance with the following:
i. Relevant legislation;
ii. MA policies and procedures;
iii. Any direction issued by an official.
b) There are three categories of RPA use sanctioned by CASA (Australian Civil
Aviation Safety Authority) including:
ii. Under 2kg commercial
iii. Commercial unmanned flight greater than 2kg
Only commercial unmanned flight greater than 2kg are required to provide
certification of RPA Operator’s Certificates (ReOC) and Remote Pilot
licenses (RePL). As such only Operators and Remote Pilots with these
licenses can operate at MA sanctioned events.
c) The RPA operator and RPA pilot must possess a written certification from
CASA in order to participate at the event (i.e. either an Operators Certificate
or a Remote Pilot License). These certificates must be carried at all times and
be produced on request to MA, any landowner, event promoter or official.
d) Only the person who holds a CASA Remote Pilot License (RePL) may
operate a RPA at an MA sanctioned event while under the control and
responsibility of the person or entity which holds the valid CASA Operator’s
e) Event Promoters must ensure the RPA Pilot and the RPA Operator are signed
on and accredited in accordance with CASA requirements.
f) Both RPA Operators and RPA Remote Pilots are subject to the direction of
the Clerk of Course for the event.
g) RPA activity must not pose any danger or adverse risk to riders, event
personnel or the public, and must not interfere with the running of the event.
RPA Operators and Remote Pilots are not covered by MA Insurance Limited nor
MA’s Public Liability Insurance. They must ensure that public liability insurance is
in place with the minimum requirements:
a) Provides a minimum limited of $10m Public Liability Insurance
b) Coves both the RPA operator and remote pilot for loss or damage to persons
or property arising out of their use at an MA sanctioned event; and
c) Notes on the policy the following as having an insured interest in relation to
the use of the RPA at the event:
i. Motorcycling Australia Limited and its related entities (and their
directors, employees, contractors and agents);
ii. Land owners and occupiers;
iv. Participants; and
v. Event organisers
A Certificate of Currency must be provided to the event organiser and/or the
Relevant Controlling Body (RCB) at their request.
RPA Operators and remote pilots must ensure they comply with all CASA
requirements. It is the RPA Remote Pilots and Operators responsibility to ensure all
requirements are met.
Breaches of the Policy
Unsafe RPA operations must be reported to CASA by calling 131 757.
Safety breaches can only be investigated where there is sufficient evidence such as
photos or video recordings of the breach and of the person controlling the RPA at the
time of the breach.
Contact Pip Harrison, National Technical Manager
This Policy will be reviewed and revised as needed.