March 7, 2024
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Remote Pilot Licence (RePL)

Remote Pilots Licence (RePL)

Your Guide to Obtaining a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL)

In the ever-evolving world of drones and remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs), whether you’re aiming to take your hobby to the next level or looking to soar commercially, understanding the prerequisites and processes to obtain a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) is pivotal. This comprehensive guide aims to shine the path to becoming a certified remote pilot, ensuring your journey is as smooth and informed as possible.

Who Needs a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL)?

A Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) is your ticket if you’re looking to:

  • Operate under the wing of an individual or organisation possessing a remotely piloted aircraft Operator’s Certificate (ReOC).
  • Navigate drones or RPAs weighing more than 25 kg but less than 150 kg over your own property.

However, if your drone activities are purely for leisure, or your equipment falls under the micro RPA category (weighing 250 g or less) or other specified excluded categories, the sky is yours without needing a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL).

Excluded Category

The Essence of the Remote Pilot Licence (RePL)

Holding a RePL opens up a realm of possibilities, enabling you to:

  • Embark on a career as a remote pilot under a ReOC holder or venture into obtaining your ReOC.
  • Pilot drones above 25 kg and up to 150 kg for business ventures on your land, sans a ReOC.

Your licence details the types and weight categories of drones you’re cleared to fly, with categories ranging from under 7 kg to specific types over 150 kg. Remarkably, a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) doesn’t expire.

Special Provisions for Medium RPA Operations

For those eyeing to fly drones over 25kg but under 150 kg for business or job-related purposes on their property, the Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) stands as a testament to your competence, bypassing the need for a ReOC. Operations under this umbrella can include aerial spotting, crop inspections, and more, provided there’s no financial gain from these services.

Embarking on Your RePL Journey

Getting your RePL involves a few critical steps:

  1. Aviation Reference Number (ARN): Start by applying for an ARN via the myCASA portal.
  2. Find a Certified RePL Training Provider: Utilise search tools to locate a suitable training provider covering both theoretical and practical aspects.
  3. Pass Both Components: Achieving success in both the theory and practical components of your training is essential.
  4. Application Submission: Post-success, your training provider will liaise with CASA to secure your RePL.

For those looking to fly within controlled airspace, an additional aeronautical radio operator licence (AROC) is required.

Recognition for Prior Aviation Experience

Aviators with previous experience or military qualifications may bypass the common theory component, although specific RPA theory and practical exams are still a must.

Advancing Your RePL

Upgrades: Elevate your RePL to higher weight classes or new categories through further training and assessments, facilitated by certified providers.

BVLOS Privileges: For those aspiring to fly beyond visual line-of-sight, passing the BVLOS (OCTA) exam is a critical step, in enhancing operational capabilities. Hover UAV offers this exam preparation.

Remote Operators Certificate

Accessing Your RePL

Once awarded, your Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) is accessible digitally via the myCASA portal, ensuring you’re always ready to take to the skies with your credentials in hand.

Embarking on the journey to acquire a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) is a significant step towards embracing the vast potential of drone technology, whether for personal enjoyment or professional advancement. With the right preparation and understanding of the process, you’re well on your way to achieving new heights in the exciting world of remotely piloted aircraft.

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