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How Do I Become a Drone Pilot in Australia – Civil Aviation Safety Authority

How Do I Become a Drone Pilot in Australia – Civil Aviation Safety Authority

To become a drone pilot in Australia you will need to be familiar with some Australian drone terminology.

Drone Licence Terms

  • Remote pilot licence is a RePL
  • Remotely piloted aircraft is a RPA
  • Remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificate is a ReOC
  • Aviation reference number is an ARN
  • Aeronautical radio operators’ licence is an AROC
  • Remotely piloted aircraft is a RPA

You do not need an RePL if:

You are flying for fun over your own land, or you are a model aircraft association member flying at approved CASA model airfields

You do need an RePL if:

You are flying your drone at work or for work regardless of the drones weight

Remote Pilot Licence Requirements

You will only need an RePL if you want to:

  • Become a remote pilot for an individual or business that hold a Remotely piloted Aircraft Operator’s certificate (ReOC)
  • Fly a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) or drone that weighs more than 25kg but less than 150kg over your own land

Remote Pilot Licence Process

To get your RePL you must:

  • Get an Aviation Reference Number for either an individual or business organisation.
  • Use an approved CASA training provider
  • Pass the theory part of a RePL training course.
  • Pass the practical skills part for the type and category of RPA you intend to fly.
  • If you want or need to fly within controlled airspace you will also need an Aeronautical radio operators’ licence (AROC).

NOTE: There is no minimum age limit to get a RePL

Remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificate ReOC

A ReOC allows you or your business to trade as a drone service provider.

A ReOC permits your business to conduct a range of RPA operations that are not available to other operators. Subject to approval by CASA.

Flying Drones Over your own Land

Landowner and private landholder is an excluded ReOC category if you do not accept payment you can fly a drone weighing more than 25kg and no more than 150kg over your own land as part of your job or for your business.

Operations that are permitted on your own land are:

  • Aerial spotting
  • Land surveying
  • Crop, livestock, or equipment inspections
  • Carrying cargo
  • Agricultural operations

There are of course certain requirements to follow:

  • Still require a RePL for the type and model of drone you intend to fly
  • Fly within your drones standard operating conditions
  • DO NOT accept payment for your services.
  • Keep operation records.