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Anybody aware of a cross-country comparison on UAV regulations ?  #dronesforgood  
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I'm not aware of one but it is way over due. Perhaps +Matthew Schroyer  might know. It is important as a step forward into transparency of who surrounds the statutes at least.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation was able to obtain data on all the COAs (Certificate of Authorization) for drone programs in the US. But it doesn't include the potentially thousands of private operators who decide not to seek authorization from the FAA.
Thanks Matthew. Are you aware of any other international examples or who is Australia to contact?
I am unawares of anyone specific to contact about UAS in civilian airspace over Australia, but I do know it is regulated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Australia is one of the more permissive countries, along with New Zealand and Canada. I believe the first approvals they've given date back to 2006 or 2007.
Also, Transport Canada is the regulating body of Canada. The lead time is about 30 days for each drone op, and one is necessary for each deployment.

+Ian Hannah is very experienced with UAS regs in Canada, and also has some info on his website about the Aus regs on his website:
Reading up on the legal situation in Austria. Turns out that any remote controlled aerial device under 25kg outside of permit zones (airports & defence) that has nothing attached (such as a camera) classifies as model plane. As soon as it has any attached devices regardless of weight it requires a permit to use as it is classified as aerial vehicle. 

If you like reading (German) legal texts: - have fun :)
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