You may need
this licence if you intend on operating remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) for
commercial, government or research purposes.
You will not
need this licence if you intend on flying RPA for recreational or sporting purposes.
You will not need this licence if you intend flying very small (<2kg) RPA. If you
intend on operating very small RPA for commercial purposes you only have to
provide notification to the Civil Aviation Authority (CASA) at least five days before the first commercial
flight and operate by the standard operating conditions.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
There are two options to obtain this licence. If you have no prior aviation knowledge you will need to complete a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Controller Certificate focused entirely on the operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) through a CASA approved training provider. If you have prior aviation knowledge you may already satisfy the minimum requirements for a UAV Controllers Certificate.
Please refer to the attached documents and CASA website for more information.
Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.
Prior to making any application with CASA, you will be required to obtain an Aviation Reference Number.
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems
Civil Aviation Act 1988 (Australian Government)
Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (Australian Government)
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