COMMERCIAL FLYING OF A REMOTELY PILOT AIRCRAFT (RPA) SUB 2KG
The new Regulation establishes a set of standard operating conditions for Remotely Pilot Aircraft (RPA), categorisations for RPA according to weight and introduces the concept of ‘excluded RPA’ to represent RPA operations considered to be lower risk. Excluded RPA have reduced regulatory requirements, such as not needing an operator’s certificate or a remote pilot licence (RePL). The amendment does not replace all the existing rules in the Act or Regulations.
RPA in this category are considered a ‘very small RPA’ and would include an RPA such as a DJI Phantom. The new term ‘excluded RPA’ permits a ‘very small RPA’ to be operated commercially without requiring a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) or an Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operators Certificate (ReOC) provided that you comply with the ‘standard RPA operating conditions’ and other sections of the Act & Regulations.
The Regulation makes it an offence for a person (pilot or operator) to operate a very small RPA for hire or reward without first notifying CASA and allows CASA to establish and maintain a database of these operators. Yes, you need to register with CASA as operators of an excluded RPA and you have to notify them when you first commence operating them commercially.
Yes, this means you can fly your Phantom, or similar, for commercial purposes provide you comply with the new laws and the ‘Standard Operating Conditions’.
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