A Framework for Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System Regulation in New Zealand

Policy Quarterly, 14(3):74-80, 2018

7 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2018

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Andrew Shelley

Victoria University of Wellington - School of Economics & Finance, Students ; Andrew Shelley Economic Consulting Ltd; Aviation Safety Management Systems Ltd

Date Written: August 30, 2018

Abstract

The malicious or negligent use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – usually referred to as ‘drones’ – gives rise to significant risks. While the risky behaviours are subject to existing legal sanctions, the apprehension of perpetrators can be difficult, and traditional regulatory controls, such as licensing drone operators, may be ineffective. ‘Counter-UAS’ (C-UAS) systems that defend against unmanned aerial systems are emerging internationally as a way to address the latent threat. Potential legal issues with the implementation of C-UAS in New Zealand are briefly surveyed. I propose the adoption of a licensing system for C-UAS similar to that already adopted in civil aviation regulation.

Keywords: drones, unmanned aircraft systems, counter-UAS, C-UAS

JEL Classification: K20, K23, L50, L93

Suggested Citation

Shelley, Andrew, A Framework for Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System Regulation in New Zealand (August 30, 2018). Policy Quarterly, 14(3):74-80, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3241310

Andrew Shelley (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - School of Economics & Finance, Students ( email )

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Andrew Shelley Economic Consulting Ltd ( email )

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Aviation Safety Management Systems Ltd ( email )

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