Once you have gained your RePL, you may operate commercially with a ReOC holder, or apply for your own RPA operator’s certificate.
To gain a ReOC you must:
1.. complete the relevant Application Forms;
2.. complete and submit supporting documentation including your RPAS operations manual and RPAS operations procedures (Library);
3.. pay the estimated fee (approx $1700 to $2000) for a non-complex aerial work operations ReOC); and
4.. participate in an interview with CASA or an authorised industry delegate.
5.. a flight test may be required if your licence was obtained via the aviation theory route / manufacturer assessment, and not via an RPAS training organisation, such as Wicked Copters.
CASA Client Services Centre (Permissions Issue) or an authorised industry delegate will issue the certificate upon successful completion of the assessment process.
CASA currently authorises RPA Operator’s Certificates in the RPA categories of multi-rotor, fixed wing, helicopter and powered lift types across four different weights: < 2 kg, <7 kg, <25 kg and <150 kg.
Currently the lead time is approximately 21 to 30 working days. The estimate fee must be paid prior to the commencement of any regulatory services assessment.
Currently, the average estimate fee for an ReOC is $1,700 to $2000, but this cost will vary depending on the amount of time it takes to assess the application, the type of operations being applied for, the quality and complexity of your submission.
CASA authorises RPAs in the following categories:
CASA has the following weight classes for civilian commercial operations:
A sub 25kg weight class RePL is basically unrestricted, while a sub 7kg RePL is endorsed as restricted to sub 7kg.
Yes, a ReOC organisation can have an alternate chief controller and/or maintenance controller. The ReOC holder is required to have a procedure in their operations manual which outlines how and when the alternate controller would be activated into that role. The alternate person is required to be assessed as suitable by CASA.
Yes. Any operations conducted under a ReOC remain the non-delegable responsibility of the ReOC holder. These activities are subject to compliance with all other applicable operating requirements under CASR Part 101. This is to ensure appropriate procedures to manage the arrangements are in place, provisions are documented in the operations manual and operations remain in accordance with any operating conditions imposed by CASA under the ReOC. It is also important to consider the following:
Note: CASA regards a direct employee as being a person who is engaged under a contract of employment (whether written or oral) with the ReOC holder. All other persons operating under the ReOC will typically be considered by CASA to be contractors.
No, CASA does not require a medical clearance.
Yes, as no medical clearance is a requirement by CASA, a drone (RPA) can be operated by a person with a colour deficiency.
Yes, Wicked Copters is a CASA approved RPAS Drone Training Provider (CASA.UOC.0152) and provides drone licence (Remote Pilot Licence) training across Australia, both in-class and online on a weekly basis for multi rotor, fixed wing and helicopter drones up to 25kg.
An Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC) is awarded to anyone who successfully completes a training syllabus at a flying school and has been assessed at English Language Proficiency (ELP at GELP or AELP 6) with regards to the use of VHF air band radio (hand held or base station/aircraft radio). This certification will be helpful for maintaining a listening watch on published frequencies and is mandatory to operate in controlled airspace during operations.
No. When the condition on your remote pilot licence states clear of cloud or day meteorological conditions, you must keep the drone (RPA) in sight at all times, unaided (except for prescription glasses or sunglasses) without the use binoculars, telescopes or zoom lenses.
Yes. CASA provides an exemption, via the Chief Remote Pilot, to established operators that request a night exemption and that will allow operators to fly within 15 metres of people. Prior to granting this exemption, CASA will provide guidance to the applicant regarding the procedural content articulated in the ReOC operational library.
Yes. You will need to apply to CASA for a RPA operator’s certificate (ReOC). CASA will require redundancy in your drone for flying over people or populous areas (ie: a hexacopter or octacopter, drop chute, dual batteries, redundant GPS and IMU, etc).
As a basic rule, no you can’t. You can apply to CASA for an exemption before you fly over a populous area. CASA will assess the risk mitigations specified in the application on a case-by-case basis. CASA will require redundancy in your drone for flying over people or populous areas (ie: a hexacopter or octacopter, drop chute, dual batteries, redundant GPS and IMU, etc).
A risk assessment is an assessment tool in which risk is identified and mitigated in regards to likelihood and consequence of something going wrong. This should be applied prior to all operations to mitigate identified risk to aircraft, people or property to as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP).
Yes. CASA must be satisfied that all identified risk has been mitigated to ALARP and it is safe to undertake the activity.
A risk matrix identifies the relationship between likelihood and consequence, as well as possible control measures to lower the risk. A risk program is something that should evolve as your business grows. Each time you identify a different risk, add it to your risk register so you have a living document so that when the time comes you need to apply for a permission, area approval or exemption you already have a detailed document for your business.
While there is nothing in the regulation (Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) 101A, C and F) to stop you from flying indoors, consider the following:
Familiarise yourself with the current regulations on ComLaw.
Yes, there is a requirement for organisations undertaking research and development to have a UAV operator certificate (ReOC). A ReOC is required for any operation for hire or reward and, as such, the reward of the research falls into that category. Australian universities wishing to operate a drone (RPA) for research and development purposes are required to hold a CASA-issued ReOC.
Yes, you need to have a RPA operator’s certificate (ReOC).
The maximum operating height is 400 feet above ground level (AGL) unless permission has been given by CASA to fly above this height.
The chief controller may be required to undertake type training and a flight assessment with CASA if it is not in the same weight/type category.
Yes, you will also need to supply an updated operations manual and operations library on the new drone (RPA) type being added.
Yes, if it is a different type or weight class to the licence you hold.
As per the ReOC condition, any changes must be accepted by CASA in writing.
CASA can only issue you with the RPAS operational approval (via a ReOC) for the purposes of conducting aerial chemical application. CASA does not authorise the dispensing of chemicals from an RPA. You are required to contact your local Department of Primary Industries (state government) to ascertain their requirements for dispensing of chemicals.
You must first have approval/authorisation from the energy provider who owns/administers that asset prior to CASA assessing and authorising that aerial work function. In most cases you must have an ReOC before an energy provider will issue an approval to inspect their asset.
If there is some form of reward received or if anyone will profit in some way from the flight. i.e hire or reward, then you will need to obtain Australian certification from CASA. Please email the RPAS office.
If you determine that the trial flights are not being conducted for hire or reward then you need to comply with the following requirement:
Important: Anytime you are flying your aircraft you need to ensure you mitigate all identifiable risks and do not fly where you could injure a person.
The current Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR 1998) relating to the operation of a drone in Australia (Part 101) do not require insurance coverage. CASA strongly recommends organisations consider third party personal and property insurance/or drone insurance as part of their business, however, there is no regulatory requirement from CASA.