March 10, 2024
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BVLOS (OCTA) Training & Exam

BVLOS (OCTA) Training & EXAM

Navigating the BVLOS (OCTA) Training & Exam: A Comprehensive Guide for Remote Pilots

The realm of drone operations is rapidly expanding, with Operating Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) marking the next big leap forward. Recent regulatory updates have made it easier for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operator’s Certificate (ReOC) holders to secure BVLOS approvals, yet the hurdle of the Instrument Rating Exam (IREX) remains for remote pilots seeking a BVLOS rating. Recognising this, in 2023, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) introduced a specialised pathway for obtaining this coveted rating. Through a CASA-endorsed BVLOS exam, conducted by ASPEQ assessment specialists, pilots can now qualify for operations outside controlled airspace (OCTA) without navigating the complexities of the IREX. This development simplifies the process, opening the doors wider for the RPAS sector to harness a tailor-made exam that aligns with the specific needs of RPAS operations. Hover UAV, a leader in the field of BVLOS operations in Australia, leverages its comprehensive industry insight and expertise to offer training programs that equip individuals and teams with the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the CASA BVLOS (OCTA) exam successfully, ensuring safe and proficient BVLOS operations.

Hover UAV’s Training for the CASA BVLOS (OCTA) Exam

Hover UAV stands out with its targeted training designed to empower Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) holders to excel in BVLOS operations outside of controlled airspace (OCTA). Their program is meticulously crafted to address the key components essential for excelling in the CASA BVLOS (OCTA) exam, tailored specifically for BVLOS and Extended Visual Line of Sight (EVLOS) Class 2 flight operations. Participants will engage in an in-depth exploration of various crucial topics, ensuring a well-rounded preparation for the examination:

  • General BVLOS Knowledge: Understand the foundational concepts and regulations surrounding BVLOS operations.
  • Aeronautical Knowledge: Dive into the principles of flight and how they apply to unmanned aerial systems.
  • Meteorology: Gain insights into weather patterns and phenomena critical for planning and conducting BVLOS flights.
  • Airspace: Learn about different types of airspace and the rules governing BVLOS operations within them.
  • Human Factors: Explore the psychological and physiological aspects that impact remote pilot performance.
  • Navigation Systems: Get to grips with the technologies and methods used for navigation in BVLOS flights.
  • Communications: Understand the communication protocols and requirements for safely managing BVLOS operations.
  • Examination Practice: Engage in practical exercises and mock exams to build confidence and ensure readiness for the actual CASA BVLOS (OCTA) exam.

Hover UAV’s training program is not just about passing an exam; it’s a comprehensive preparation that fosters a deep understanding and proficient skill set for successful and secure BVLOS operations.

BVLOS (OCTA) Training & Exam

Understanding the BVLOS Examination

The BVLOS exam is designed as an alternate route for remote pilots, complementing the Instrument Rating Exam (IREX), with a focus on those aiming to operate beyond visual line of sight in non-controlled airspace. It’s a tailored assessment for those looking to push the boundaries of what’s possible with remote piloting, offering a blend of regulatory knowledge and practical insights essential for safe and efficient BVLOS operations.

Entry Requirements and Examination Details

Who Can Apply?

Examination Fee:

  • The total cost is $174.34, divided as follows:
    • Examiner fee: $104.34
    • CASA regulatory fee: $70

Duration and Format:

  • The exam spans 90 minutes, testing candidates digitally on their BVLOS knowledge.

Preparation Material:

  • No materials are allowed; however, all necessary information is provided digitally during the exam.

Passing Score:

  • A minimum score of 70% is required to pass.

Preparing for Your Exam

Success in the BVLOS examination demands a thorough preparation. Delving into the RPAS BVLOS (OCTA) aeronautical knowledge standards or enrolling in a training course is highly recommended before booking your exam. This foundational step ensures you’re well-versed in the critical aspects of BVLOS operations.

Booking Your Exam

The booking process is streamlined for convenience:

  1. Visit the designated website and navigate to the “Exam schedule.”
  2. Select “RePL examinations” and choose “ReB1” under specialisation.
  3. Choose your preferred time and location based on availability.

What You’ll Need:

  • Ensure you have a current photo ID for verification purposes.

On Exam Day

Candidates will be provided with all necessary tools, such as pens, pencils, and calculators, by the examiner. Remember, understanding the Pilot Examination Office (PEXO) software, used during the exam, is crucial as it encompasses both multi-choice and ‘fill-in-the-box’ questions to assess your BVLOS knowledge thoroughly.

Post-Exam Procedure

Upon completion, you’ll receive immediate feedback in the form of a Result Advice (RA) and, if applicable, a Knowledge Deficiency Report (KDR) for any incorrect answers. This detailed feedback is invaluable for identifying areas for improvement and ensuring you’re equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for safe BVLOS operations.

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Why the BVLOS Exam Matters

The introduction of the BVLOS (OCTA) exam represents a significant advancement in the realm of remote piloting, allowing for a broader scope of operations and the development of new applications in the field. The data from the initial year highlights a strong interest and success rate among candidates, underlining the exam’s role in fostering a new generation of skilled remote pilots ready to tackle the challenges and opportunities of BVLOS flight.

In conclusion, the BVLOS exam is more than just a certification; it’s a stepping stone towards the future of aviation, offering remote pilots a chance to expand their horizons and contribute to the evolving landscape of aerial operations.

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