RPA Resources

On January 28th 2021 changes to the laws and regulations on the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) mean that if you fly an RPA for anything other than fun that RPA needs to be registered with CASA and you must be either RPA Accredited or the holder of a Remote Pilot Licence.

If the RPA you are going to be working with is a micro RPA or a very small RPA, then you will need RPA Operator Accreditation.

If, at take-off, your RPA weighs even 1 gram over 2KGs, then you need to have a Remote Pilot Licence.

There are penalties for flying unsafely or without the correct accreditation/licence. Checking local laws where you plan to fly is also important. The rules differ on whether you can fly at all in national parks from state to state in Australia (see the NSW NPWS Drones in parks policy) and the distance you need to keep from marine mammals varies between jurisdictions too. The Flying in Public Spaces page by CASA has useful links and information on this type of information. It also has a link to an RPA being taken out by a large bird of prey (if you didn’t know, they are not that keen on sharing airspace) – it is definitely worth the watch!

Remember to get permission from the owners or managers of the land on which you intend to operate the RPA as part of your flight planning and risk assessment process.. Whether they be private landholders, an agent acting on behalf of a group or entity for land held under title or managed by a government agency.