Remote Pilot Licence - Australian Government

Description

You will need this licence if you intend to use a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) that weighs more than 2 kg for commercial purposes, including events or festivals. An RPA includes a drone or similarly unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system. A UAV system may include:

  • the vehicle itself
  • the controllers
  • the pilot stations
  • command and control links
  • ground support equipment
  • components that have been specified in the type design
  • any other associated devices or operational personnel.

Some commercial purposes this certificate covers include:

  • weather monitoring
  • photography and filming
  • delivery
  • agricultural spraying or monitoring.

You can operate a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) beyond visual line of sight without passing an examination, but the operation must be conducted in accordance with the documented practices and procedures of the person certified as the RPA operator of the RPA, and under the supervision and direction of another remote pilot who has passed the examination.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • have a valid Aviation Reference Number (ARN)
  • provide a log book detailing at least 5 hours of aeronautical experience
  • have completed a UAV Type training course
  • have passed an aeronautical exam.

Duration

As specified

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $160.00

Fee per hour spent on the inspection and assessment of the application. Fees for 2021-22

Forms

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for Remote Pilot Licence - Please contact the agency for relevant forms.
Apply All Aviation Reference Numbers (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Civil Aviation Act 1988 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 Australian Government

Application process

Apply

Please undertake the required training through a certified training provider. If you pass, your training provider will apply to the agency for your RPL on your behalf.

Administering agency

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Permissions Issue Team

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Operating address: CASA National Headquarters
16 Furzer Street
Phillip, Australian Capital Territory 2606
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2005
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 13 67 73
Email: regservices@casa.gov.au
Website: Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Opens in new window)