Project Title

Comparison of International Frameworks measuring Remotely Piloted Aircraft Noise 

Project Year

2021   

Project Number

TPT 01 2021A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

TPT 01 2021A 

Project Title

Comparison of International Frameworks measuring Remotely Piloted Aircraft Noise 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2021 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

78,900 

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

78,900 

Sponsoring Forum

Transportation Working Group (TPTWG) 

Topics

Transportation 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Australia 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Canada; Japan; New Zealand; Philippines; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/02/2022 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2023 

Project Proponent Name 1

Ross Slater (wef 22 April 2022) 

Job Title 1

Assistant Director, National Emerging Aviation Technologies Policy 

Organization 1

Australian Government, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(61-2) 62747537 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

drones@infrastructure.gov.au; Ross.Slater@infrastructure.gov.au 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Ross Slater 

Project Summary

Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) are being used in increasing numbers in APEC economies. RPA have diverse economic benefits but there are also many impacts associated with community and environmental noise, which have emerged and will increase in significance as the sector grows.

Noise regulation for conventional aircraft is largely addressed through International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards and is the basis for the current approach for many member economies. However, these standards focus on product certification rather than operations.

This project will compare approaches to the measurement, policy, procedures and regulation of RPA noise in APEC economies. This will identify best practices and innovative solutions for measuring and regulating RPA noise, with respect to community noise. The research will culminate in a proposed framework, which will support increased harmonisation, mutual recognition and transferability of RPA noise measurements and approvals across economies.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) noise is a growing issue as the use of RPA increases, particularly in residential areas. RPA emit an uncommon pitch, which can attract attention and cause irritation, and operate at much lower altitudes and in ways that are not possible for conventional aircraft (e.g. home deliveries). These issues present potential community noise impacts and may disrupt or irritate people in residential or urban settings, reducing quality of life and acceptance of RPAs. There are curently no consistent international standards or frameworks for the measurement or regulation of RPA noise, and different economies are pursuing different approaches and frameworks in managing this emerging issue. 

RPAs are being used in increasing numbers in APEC economies, and the use of RPAs are likely to be incorporated into existing industries (such as delivery of goods) or be adopted for use by governments (such as search and rescue). RPAs can support businesses to leverage new technologies to innovate or streamline their business processes, resulting in increased opportunities for employment, intellectual property and economic growth. Research to provide a pathway to consistency in terminology, definitions, regulation and certification will be beneficial to APEC economies. This project seeks to establish foundational research in identifying best practices and innovative solutions for measuring and regulating RPA noise, with a view to proposing an RPA noise management framework. 

Comparing international solutions and developing a consistent framework will highlight best practice and innovative solutions and encourage international harmonisation, which will support mutual recognition of RPA noise measurements and across economies. This will reduce the regulatory burden for RPA operators and manufacturers and ensure noise measurement processes do not have to be repeated across economies, as is currently done for conventional aircraft. 

Relevance – Eligibility and Fund Priorities: This project aligns with the ASF General Fund funding priority of 'Facilitating technology flows and harnessing technologies for the future'. The dissemination of knowledge around RPA noise management will support all APEC economies, including developing economies, to take advantage of RPA to promote innovation in products, services, processes, organisations and business models. This project will also support the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040 of promoting innovative technologies and economic integration. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: All APEC economies are experiencing increased RPA operations. Comparing approaches to RPA noise management and regulation across APEC economies will benefit all economies by identifying common issues and highlighting best practice solutions. A consistent framework will promote harmonisation through consistent standards and recognised and transferable measurements. The project would engage with all APEC economies, including developing economies, to ensure the framework is applicable across all APEC economies' unique context.

Objectives

The objective of this project is to enhance the capacity of all APEC economies to manage the noise impacts of RPA operations, through the development of a noise management framework and dissemination of knowledge regarding noise issues to economies.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC: This project directly aligns with the priorities outlined in New Zealand's Policy Priorities for APEC 2021, particularly:

·  'Pursuing innovation and a digitally-enabled recovery' through RPA as they are noted to have significant potential to advance social outcomes, such as financial inclusion, better healthcare, and increased sustainability. Ultimately, RPA operations contribute to a digitally-enabled economy.

· 'Digitally-enabled business and trade' as APEC should play an important role in supporting the development and implementation of international rules and frameworks for the digital economy.

· 'Structural reform to support innovation', which includes creating good governance frameworks for new technologies. Many emerging technologies hold exciting potential but need to be developed responsibly to avoid unintended consequences. APEC has the opportunity to support efforts to strike the right balance between opportunity and risk management for the RPA. 

Alignment – Forum: This project aligns with the 2018-2020 Transportation Working Group Strategic Plan, which prioritises 'encouraged uptake and evaluation of technology development in the transportation sector through corresponding information exchange, and by complying with international standards to lead harmonious growth across the region'. This project will directly facilitate information exchange and contribute to the development of international standards for RPA noise management.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: 

1. Desktop Research

a. Desktop research will be limited to existing and accessible research items relevant to APEC economies such as noise legislation, policies, procedures and regulations (product certification and airspace operations) that impact RPAs, case studies and existing trials, peer-reviewed academic papers and journals. Desktop research will also draw upon APEC expert group discussions, convened by the researcher, to identify common issues and programs already underway. These discussions will act as a knowledge sharing exercise to help better understand the existing RPA noise landscape. The research will not undertake first-hand studies or trials.

b. Desktop research will be conducted over a three month period by a suitably approved contractor (the researcher) in consultation with the co-sponsoring Economies, and will be used to inform the consultation and summary stage of the project.

c. The output of this phase is to identify common risks, issues and opportunities to inform potential measurement and best practice measures for RPA noise management and mitigation of community noise impacts. This phase will help develop and refine questions and topics for consultation within APEC, which may include issues such as acceptable volume, the impact of different altitudes of operation, or management of RPA noise and mitigation of community noise impact during different times of day.

2.  Consultation and Summary

a. The researcher will first develop and conduct a survey that will be sent out to all APEC economies to ascertain the scope and efficacy of current noise management measures. Survey results will be used to support   four to five online stakeholder meetings, with relevant APEC economies, including co-sponsors, and key industry stakeholders. These online stakeholder meetings will allow for targeted discussions on specific issues and measures. Additionally, a formal stakeholder workshop will be convened with all APEC economies to disseminate and discuss desktop research, consultation and survey findings. A post-workshop survey will be disseminated to gather feedback and data on assessed knowledge gain from participants. It is anticipated that consultation will occur over a four-month period.

b. Consultation will utilise both qualitative and quantitative analytical methodologies, through surveys, group interviews, and stakeholder meetings. The consultation phase will take into account individual states’ privacy and data collection limitations as required. This phase will also capture intelligence shared by APEC economies, and augment previous discussions by APEC working groups. It will provide an opportunity for APEC economies to share results of trials and studies already undertaken (such as the Federal Aviation Administration’s review of noise policy or Australia’s drone and emerging aviation technology noise regulation framework) as well as exploring whether RPAs pose trans-national challenges. 

The output of this phase is to create a succinct and accurate summary report of common issues, challenges and opportunities identified during the consultation process. The report will include data gathered from consultation surveys and expert group discussions and be no more than 30 pages long. It will be structured to include: cover page, table of contents, introduction, Executive Summary, survey results, summaries of online stakeholder consultation meetings, discussion of key themes, conclusion. The summary report will be shared with APEC economies in a formal stakeholder workshop, with feedback captured to inform the interim and final reports.

Consultation Time: June 2022 to September 2022:-

Initial Survey
a. Survey of all APEC economies
b. Scoping current RPA noise measures and capabilities

Online Stakeholder Meetings:
a. Consultation with most relevant economies, key academics, technical experts and industry representatives
b. 4-5 online stakeholder meetings to be conducted
c. Focus on key issues, concerns and measures raised in surveys

All Economies Workshop:
a. All economies to provide feedback on findings so far
b. Opportunity to share knowledge collected to-date

3.   Interim Report

a. The researcher will draft an interim report that communicates identified risks, issues and opportunities for regulators and industry. The interim report will also identify best practices for the consideration of APEC economies. The interim report will incorporate the consultation summary, and will be distributed to APEC economies for review.

b. Focus will be placed on harmonising fundamental expectations, definitions, challenges, and regulatory/policy parameters with stakeholders. The interim report will follow the same structure as the final report, detailed below.

4.  Final Report

a.  In this phase, the researcher will develop a noise management and community noise impact mitigation framework (in collaboration with Australia’s project team). The researcher will consider and incorporate stakeholder feedback (from APEC economies and industry stakeholders) as appropriate.

b. The output of this phase is a document that identifies RPA noise issues, risks and opportunities, and compares noise management and community noise impact mitigation frameworks. The final report will be approximately 60 to 100 pages and will be structured to include: cover page, table of contents, introduction, Executive Summary, summaries of survey and consultation findings, thematic discussion of desktop research analysis, noise management and community noise impact mitigation framework, recommendations, conclusions, references and acknowledgements. 

c. The final report will identify best practices and innovative solutions for measuring and regulating RPA noise, and will be distributed to APEC economies for their consideration, and endorsement for public release by APEC.

Outcomes:

1. Identification of common impacts, challenges, risks and opportunities associated with RPA noise in APEC economies.

a. All APEC economies are experiencing increased RPA operations within airspace boundaries and cross-border, and the RPA industry is likely to develop into a robust and global economic force that could be inhibited by community noise impacts. This outcome provides the benefit of completed research (the final report and RPA noise management and community noise impact mitigation framework) to be considered by APEC economies in the development of their domestic policies, allowing challenging aspects of the RPA industry (such as noise interference) to be minimised while also maximising the potential for industry growth and beneficial outcomes. 

b.  This outcome is measurable by endorsement of the final report and framework, supporting the project objective to disseminate knowledge to APEC economies as well as enhancing their capabilities to manage and mitigate community impact of RPA noise.

2. Proposed best practices and solutions for measuring, modelling and regulating (product certification and airspace operations) RPA noise, through the proposed noise management and community noise impact mitigation framework, that can be easily adopted by APEC economies, if they so choose. Modelling may form the basis of future quantification of community level RPA noise exposure.

3. Transferability and harmonisation of knowledge regarding noise issues to APEC economies and key industry stakeholders. Feedback will be gathered through a post-event survey following the conclusion of the final stakeholder workshop and will inform the findings of the Completion Report (CR). 

Beneficiaries: 

Project participants will include APEC economies, industry representatives, and qualified or academic experts. APEC economies will include subject matter experts identified through the APEC Transportation Working Group’s (TPTWG) Aviation Expert Group (AEG), focusing on members with experience in managing or mitigating aircraft noise or RPA policy. Industry representatives will include representatives of key organisations or proponents of a commercial RPA industry, and academics will be selected by profile and number of relevant publications. 

Project participants will be predominantly drawn from APEC economies. To reduce project cost, workshops and stakeholder consultation will be conducted virtually. The project will also seek to engage at least 50 per cent women for participation, including Non-member participants that contributed to the UAS Thematic Session. 

Users of the outputs may include APEC economies’ relevant policy makers, regulators, air navigation service providers, and RPA industry stakeholders. The project will provide in-depth research and an RPA noise management and community noise impact mitigation framework, identifying best practice and solutions for measuring and regulating RPA noise for the consideration of APEC policy makers, regulators, and air navigation service providers. Users may gain value from the report by leveraging the outputs to develop policy and making informed decisions for their organisation. Where the user is an APEC economy authority, they may wish to consider leveraging this research in the development of local regulations, procedures or policy. This may assist in the development of a safe and sustainable RPA industry in their jurisdiction, and may eventuate in the development of harmonised standards, procedures, policies and regulations to facilitate increased economic development throughout APEC. 

Where the user is an industry representative, they will benefit from the formal pathway to advocate on their business needs. They may also use the final report to inform their business strategies to develop their business in line with government’s regulatory intent. Industry can gain confidence in a robust regulatory regime and can save funds by innovating within a clear regulatory framework, and reduce the risk of expanding the business in a non-compliant way.

The intended primary audience of the final report are RPA policy makers from all APEC economies, civil aviation authorities, air navigation service providers, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the Joint Authority on Rulemaking for Unmanned Systems and other international standard setting and policy-making bodies for aviation and the private sector. The diversity of participants will lead to the development of comprehensive best practices that will ultimately benefit the fast-growing demand for clear and harmonised frameworks from the RPA industry. Drawing upon established frameworks will give more influence to the development of an internationally recognised RPA noise measurement and community noise impact mitigation framework, which in turn will encourage further work for broader RPA issues and harmonisation.

Dissemination

Australia intends to disseminate the report primarily to APEC economies by distributing through the TPTWG’s AEG. A copy of the report will be made available online on the APEC website, and subsequently on Australia’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the Department) website. The final output will be in the form of a detailed document (the final report) which identifies common challenges, risks, issues, and opportunities. The noise management and community noise impact mitigation framework will be articulated in diagrams and text as appropriate.

The report will be in a digital format and a copy will be distributed to participants in the project, to notify them of the final output, and to conclude the project. Australia does not intend to sell output arising from this project.


Gender

It is likely that any benefit from the final outputs of the project will be gender-agnostic. Therefore, engaging women during the consultation stage will be critical as the consultation will inform and influence the project’s success and outputs. As such, Australia will ensure a key performance indicator of the project brief will include a requirement for the contractor to demonstrate they have sought to engage at least 50 per cent female participation in all aspects of the project, including the non-member participants at the UAS Thematic Session. Where the contractor has not been able to achieve this, the contractor will be required to demonstrate why it was not possible. This will ensure the project represents the voice of women, and informs the projects to support APEC’s 5 pillars for action.

The project will engage women directly in online stakeholder meetings and targeted discussions to promote female participation and engagement across all APEC economies. This will improve knowledge sharing opportunities and reduce barriers to women providing input into the development of the RPA sector globally. Stakeholder meetings and discussions will also dedicate time to focus on specific noise impacts within the framework which may affect women. The final report will provide longer-term recommendations to address these specific issues.

PO is committed to collecting sex disaggregated data for all speakers and participants (not only those funded by APEC) at the project event. This data will be included when submitting a CR to the Secretariat upon completion of the project, as well as providing guidance to future POs on their own gender parity targets.

Targets

Female Participants (%)

50%

Female Speakers/Experts (%)

50%

Referring to the Guide on Gender Criteria for APEC Project Proposals in the Guidebook on APEC Projects, please tick the pillar or pillars that this project supports, in promoting women’s economic empowerment:

5 Pillars (you may tick more than one)

1

Access to Capital and Assets

ü

2

Access to Markets

ü

3

Skills, Capacity Building, and Health

ü

4

Leadership, Voice and Agency

ü

5

Innovation and Technology

ü


Work Plan

Times

Tasks

Deliverables

Feb – Mar 2022

Engage and on-board contractor - researcher

Contract signed.

Milestones agreed, deliverables agreed/understood in consultation with co-sponsoring Economies.

1 Apr 2022

Submit APEC Project Monitoring Report (MR)

Submit completed MR to APEC Secretariat

Apr – Jun 2022

Perform desktop research

Comparative review of APEC economies’ noise regulations, policies, procedures and standards (for all aircraft). Identify common issues and opportunities for RPAS noise policy, regulation and procedures.

Jun 2022

Disseminate General Information Circular

Disseminate General Information Circular 8 weeks ahead of the formal stakeholder workshop.

Jun – Oct 2022

Conduct broad consultation including surveys, workshops and targeted discussions

Draft interim report.

Consult key industry stakeholders, as well as APEC regulators and air navigation service providers.

Collate information and findings.

Test preliminary approaches with stakeholders and co-sponsoring Economies.

Draft an interim report that provides a succinct summary of findings from research and workshops, and a comparison of APEC policy, regulations and procedures.

Aug 2022

Formal stakeholder workshop

Convene formal stakeholder workshop with all APEC economies to disseminate and discuss desktop research, consultation and survey findings.

Sep 2022

Disseminate post-workshop survey

Disseminate post-workshop survey to all APEC economies to gather feedback and data on assessed knowledge gains from participants.

Nov 2022 – Feb 2023

Draft final report, incorporating any feedback or input from APEC economies as appropriate.

Develop RPA noise management and community noise impact mitigation framework.

Summarise research to establish consistent models and develop the RPA noise measurement and community noise impact mitigation framework to be outlined in a final report.

Feb – Mar 2023

Report finalised

Australia to finalise the report in consultation with co-sponsoring Economies.

1 Apr 2023

Monitoring Report (MR)

Submit completed MR to APEC Secretariat

Apr – May 2023

Final report to TPTWG

Submission to the APEC Secretariat for review and approval for publication, and forum endorsement

30 Jun 2023

Finalisation of payments

Disbursement of all payments, including to the contractor.

31 Aug 2023

Submit APEC Project Completion Report and supporting documents

APEC Project Completion Report

Dec 2023 – Jun 2024

Participate in the Longer-Term Evaluation of APEC Projects (LTEAP) survey conducted by the APEC Secretariat



Risks

Due to the nature of COVID-19 and the new Delta strain, there are risks present in this project that will need to be managed closely. 

1. The project may be delayed due to unforeseen COVID impacts. To mitigate this risk, Australia will work with co-sponsoring Economies and a contractor on a remote and virtual basis throughout the entirety of the project. Consultation will be undertaken virtually and utilise online communications wherever available. [Medium Risk] 

2. There is a risk that the RPA industry develops a fundamentally new type of RPA before research is finalised. This may result in the research becoming irrelevant and outdated prior to completion. To mitigate this risk, Australia will consult with industry leaders during the consultation stage. [Low Risk] 

3. APEC economies may be hesitant in sharing information or details regarding non-publicly available information on domestic management community impact mitigation of RPA noise. To mitigate this risk, Australia will engage respectfully and closely with APEC economies to ensure that appropriate and available information is gathered to support the project’s objective. Australia will also mitigate this risk by continuing to commit to its rigorous practices around information security. [Medium Risk] 

As APEC economies are sovereign jurisdictions, there may be a risk to the project where APEC authorities give effect to new policy, regulations and procedures during the research project. This may result in the project becoming outdated prior to completion. To mitigate this risk, Australia will consult closely and carefully with APEC authorities throughout the duration of the project. [Low Risk]

Monitoring and Evaluation

Prior to the commencement of the project, Australia will develop a quality matrix and key performance indicators in consultation with co-sponsoring Economies. This will include measures such as the desired number of consultation participants, the number of organisations from which participants are drawn, and the scope and relevance of issues covered.

Evaluation Focus

Indicators

Target Goals

Evaluation Method

Reporting

Outputs

1.   Desktop research

1.    Completion by contract deadline

31 June 2022

Certification by PO

Contract

2.     Relevance and accuracy of research

Research is noise-related and sourced from all APEC economies

Certification by PO

Contract

3.      No. of resources cited and analysed (legislation, policies, procedures and regulations)

50-60

Certification by PO

Contract

2.    Consultation summary

4.     Completion by contract deadline

31 August 2022

Certification by PO

Contract

5.      No. of participants engaged

40

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

6.     No. of organisations from which participants were drawn

25

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

7.     No. of attending economies

21

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

8.      % of female participants

≥50%

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

9.     % of female speakers/experts

≥50%

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

3.    Interim report

10.   Completion by contract deadline

31 October 2022

Certification by PO

Contract

11.   Page range

60-100

Certification by PO

Contract

4.     Final report

12.   Completion by contract deadline

31 March 2023

Certification by PO

Contract

13.   Page range

60-100

Certification by PO

Contract

14.   Endorsement by TPTWG AEG.

31 May 2023

TPTWG AEG minutes

Completion Report

Outcomes

1.   Identification of common challenges, risks and opportunities faced by APEC economies, in regard to managing RPA noise and mitigating community noise impacts

1.    % of actions in final report identified by APEC economies as feasible

75%

Post-workshop survey

Completion Report

2.   % of participants reporting substantial knowledge increase

75%

Post-workshop survey

Completion Report

3.   % of female participants  reporting substantial knowledge increase

75%

Post-workshop survey

Completion Report

2.   Delivery of adequate noise management and community noise impact mitigation framework

4.      % of APEC economies who endorse framework

75%

TPTWG AEG minutes

Completion Report

5.     No. of APEC economies who aim to implement framework

75%

Post-workshop survey

Completion Report

3.   Implementation of international best practices by APEC economies

6.   % of economies who endorsed final report who have implemented or are in the process of implementing the recommendations 12 months after project completion

75%

Post-workshop survey

Completion Report

7.   % of APEC economies reporting net benefit from implementation of framework best practice principles

75%

Post-workshop survey

Completion Report


How will you collect your data (e.g. surveys, meetings, interviews, peer review, records review)?

1) Quantitative – survey questions posed to APEC economies, specifically around RPA noise data capture.

2) Qualitative – targeted discussions and group consultation workshops, with responses and discussions recorded.

3) Legislative, policy, procedural and regulatory research – the researcher will undertake studies of existing policies, regulations and procedures within APEC economies to manage noise and mitigate community noise impacts from RPA.

4)  Academic research – the researcher will undertake analysis of peer-reviewed academic articles to assist in the identification of risks, issues and opportunities to manage and mitigate community impacts of RPAS noise.

Linkages

Australia will engage with other APEC fora as appropriate. Australia has identified the APEC Subcommittee on Standards and Conformance as an initial APEC forum to engage for this project. While the desired output is different in that this project seeks to deliver a final report, as opposed to standards, engaging early with the Subcommittee on Standards and Conformance will enable Australia to ensure the contractor does not duplicate previous or ongoing initiatives. Australia will engage by contacting the Project Overseer for the APEC Project SCSC 03 2021S – ‘Supporting Safe Reliable Drone Technology to Address COVID and Routine Implementations’ and seeking to discuss any points of overlap.

Australia will continue monitoring APEC’s project database for approved projects that may complement, overlap or duplicate this project. To date, searches of the database confirm this project is not duplicating previous endorsed projects. The RPA industry is an emerging industry, and this project will be a fundamental initiative that APEC economies can leverage in the future.

APEC is the best sources of funds for this project as the project aligns with APEC’s policy priorities and operational process. Working with APEC will assist economies to build capacity in managing and mitigating community impact of drone noise in a timely manner to avoid detrimental impacts to operational and economic growth. While other international forums such as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) may be thematically relevant, APEC is the better forum as the end output of this project is a final report that economies can consider to develop a noise management and community noise impact mitigation framework for APEC partners that rely primarily upon policy and procedure rather than standards.

Sustainability

The project’s main output is a final report that delivers a noise management and community noise impact mitigation framework as well as identification of common challenges, risks, and opportunities. Beneficiaries can utilise the final report by considering the proposed noise management framework, and to leverage the research conducted. Beneficiaries may choose to incorporate the report’s findings into local policy or procedure and regulatory development, and in this way, the project will continue to have an impact after the funding period. The project will also gauge the implementation of the framework in implementing economies to help understand the longer-term impacts and identify opportunities for improvement. This information will be communicated in the CR. Beneficiaries may also choose to use consistent terminology and definitions of noise measurement/data, impact, management, mitigation and RPAS operations.

In the event that a majority of APEC economies consider and choose adopt the recommendations contained within the final report, possible next steps to build on its outputs and outcomes include further and more detailed research into emerging policy issues in the RPA industry, as well as increased policy, regulatory and procedural harmonisation and mutual recognition of standards or certification. This may increase the ability of APEC economies to stimulate and guide the development of an internationally safe and sustainable RPA industry.

Project Overseers

Mrs Prudence Pickering will manage the project. This includes the management of contractors and research specialists in executing the project along with coordination and consultation with co-sponsoring Economies. This includes project management support and team management support.

Mrs Prudence Pickering is the Assistant Director for the National Emerging Aviation Technologies Policy section of the Department. Mrs Pickering is responsible for drone and Advanced Air Mobility infrastructure and regulation. Mrs Pickering has a background in research and strategic policy across environment and infrastructure portfolios.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

No.

Scope of work

No. of Hours

Unit Rate (USD)

1.         

Drafting detailed work plan and work schedule

40

40

2.         

Designing project monitoring and evaluation methodologies

40

60

3.         

Survey design and distribution

60

60

4.         

Desktop research and analysis of noise legislation, policies, procedures and regulations that impact RPAs, case studies and existing trials, peer-reviewed academic papers and journals

240

80

5.         

Preparation, coordination and facilitation of online stakeholder consultation sessions and formal stakeholder workshop

300

60

6.         

Analysis of desktop research, survey findings and stakeholder consultation

120

80

7.         

Drafting survey and consultation summary report

80

60

8.         

Drafting of interim report

160

80

9.         

Drafting of final report

80

80

Total Hours

1,120


The Department anticipates that this project can be delivered by an individual contractor, or by a consulting company with an agreed service level agreement. The funds sought are intended to cover the total cost of the project, and will consider bids from a value for money perspective.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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