From 29th September 2016, changes to CASA’s regulations around the use of small RPAs for commercial purposes have been introduced.
The requirement to hold a Remote Operators Certificate (ReOC) has changed. New categories of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) have been identified and defined by maximum take-off weight. Standard operating conditions have been introduced and as such, some operations will be considered ‘excluded RPA operations’ which will not require a ReOC. Please utilise the following link to help identify whether an operation is excluded.
Operating a RPAS without coverage could result in serious liability implications under the Damage by Aircraft Act3. It is important to understand these implications as well as the operational limitations imposed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Follow this link for more information:
Australia’s safety laws for remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), as defined in the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 101, vary whether you are flying commercially or recreationally/for fun. From 29 September 2016, if you are flying for money, or any form of economic gain, you need to have an RPA operator’s certificate (ReOC), or if you’re flying an RPA weighing less than two kilograms, you are simply required to notify CASA. For more information on safety laws or resources and links to essential information, please visit the CASA website https://www.casa.gov.au/aircraft/landing-page/flying-drones-australia