Ready for Takeoff: Which Drone Licence is Right for You?

Are you a drone enthusiast or a professional looking to operate a drone for commercial purposes?

If so, you’ll need to obtain a drone licence. In Northern Territory, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulates drone flying, and there are different types of licences available for different purposes.

Here are the types of drone licences available in the Northern Territory:

Recreational Drone Licence (Sub 2 kg)

If you plan to fly a recreational drone that weighs less than 2kg, obtaining a sub 2 kg recreational drone licence is a great way to ensure that you’re complying with the regulations and flying safely. While this licence doesn’t require any aviation training, it’s important to remember that you’re still responsible for flying your drone safely and within the rules.

When applying for a sub 2 kg recreational drone licence, you’ll need to provide some basic information, such as your personal details and the details of your drone. You’ll also need to agree to follow the drone safety rules and regulations, which include things like flying your drone below 120 metres, keeping your drone within sight at all times, and avoiding flying near other aircraft, people, or buildings.

One of the benefits of obtaining a sub 2 kg recreational drone licence is that it allows you to fly your drone in a wider range of locations than you would be able to without a licence. For example, some national parks and nature reserves require a licence for drone flying, and having a sub 2 kg recreational drone licence can make it easier to obtain permission to fly in these areas.

It’s important to note that even with a sub 2 kg recreational drone licence, there are still some restrictions on where and how you can fly your drone. For example, you’re not allowed to fly your drone within 5.5km of an airport or over crowds of people. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations before taking to the skies with your drone.

If you’re unsure about whether you need a sub 2 kg recreational drone licence or have questions about drone safety and regulations, consider taking a training program with Unique Aerial Solutions. Our professional UAV operator training covers all aspects of drone safety and operation, and we can help you determine the right licence for your needs.

CASA Remote Pilot Licence (RePL)

Obtaining a CASA Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) is a mandatory requirement for anyone looking to operate a drone commercially in Australia. The RePL is a certification that demonstrates that you have undergone the necessary training and have acquired the skills and knowledge required to operate a drone safely and responsibly.

To obtain a RePL, you’ll need to undergo a training program that covers both theoretical and practical aspects of drone operation. The theoretical component of the training covers topics such as aviation law, airspace regulations, meteorology, and navigation. The practical component of the training involves hands-on flight training, where you’ll learn how to operate a drone in various scenarios and conditions.

Once you have completed your training, you’ll need to pass an examination to obtain your RePL. The examination typically consists of a written test and a practical flight assessment. The written test covers the theoretical aspects of drone operation, while the practical flight assessment assesses your ability to operate a drone safely and efficiently.

Obtaining a RePL is essential if you plan to use a drone for commercial purposes, as it demonstrates that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to operate a drone safely and responsibly. It also provides credibility and enhances your professional image, which can help you secure more work and contracts.

At Unique Aerial Solutions, we offer comprehensive training programs that cover all aspects of drone operation, from flight planning to emergency procedures. Our training programs are designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to obtain your RePL and operate a drone safely and professionally. Contact us today to learn more about our training programs and take the first step towards becoming a licensed drone pilot.

CASA Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC)

The CASA Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC) is a critical certification for businesses that use drones for commercial purposes. The ReOC allows a business to operate multiple drones and manage a team of remote pilots, making it an essential certification for businesses that rely on drones for their operations.

To obtain a CASA Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC), an individual must first hold a CASA Remote Pilot Licence (RePL). The RePL certification is a prerequisite for the ReOC, and it demonstrates that an individual has the necessary knowledge and skills to operate a drone safely and responsibly.

To obtain the ReOC, individuals must also demonstrate that they have implemented safety management systems that meet the standards set by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). These safety management systems must be comprehensive and cover all aspects of drone operations, including pre-flight planning, flight operations, maintenance, and emergency procedures.

The process of obtaining a CASA Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC) can be complex and time-consuming. It requires individuals to undergo rigorous training and demonstrate that they have implemented comprehensive safety management systems. However, the effort is worth it, as the ReOC opens up a world of opportunities for businesses that use drones for commercial purposes.

At Unique Aerial Solutions, we offer professional UAV operator training that includes both the RePL and ReOC certification. Our training program covers all aspects of drone operations, including safety management systems, and prepares individuals for a successful career as a licensed drone pilot. Contact us today to learn more about our training programs and take the first step towards obtaining your CASA Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC).

CASA Aerial Application Certification

The CASA Aerial Application Certification is a specialized licence that requires an additional level of expertise and training beyond the standard drone licence. It is necessary for anyone who wants to use a drone for aerial application purposes, such as crop spraying or firefighting.

To obtain this certification, you’ll need to undergo specialised training that covers topics such as crop management, pesticide application, and calibration of the drone equipment. You’ll also need to have a deep understanding of the regulatory requirements surrounding aerial application and demonstrate that you have the skills and experience to operate the equipment safely and effectively.

The process for obtaining a CASA Aerial Application Certification can be more complex and time-consuming than obtaining a standard drone licence. However, it is essential if you plan to use a drone for aerial application purposes. It demonstrates to clients and regulatory authorities that you have the necessary training and expertise to operate a drone in a specialized and potentially hazardous environment.

CASA Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operator’s Certificate (ReOC) with Aerial Survey and Inspection Endorsement

The CASA Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operator’s Certificate (ReOC) with Aerial Survey and Inspection Endorsement is a specific type of drone licence that allows drone operators to use their drone for surveying and inspection purposes. This licence is essential for anyone who wishes to operate a drone for commercial use, such as mapping, geospatial surveying, or infrastructure inspections.

To obtain this licence, drone operators must demonstrate that they have the necessary training and experience to operate a drone for surveying and inspection purposes safely. This includes obtaining a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) and completing a training program specific to aerial surveying and inspection. The training program typically covers topics such as flight planning, data processing, and drone maintenance.

In addition to the training requirements, drone operators must also comply with strict safety regulations and obtain liability insurance. This includes conducting a risk assessment for each flight and ensuring that they have obtained the necessary permissions and permits to operate in the designated airspace.

Obtaining a CASA Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operator’s Certificate (ReOC) with Aerial Survey and Inspection Endorsement can open up a range of career opportunities in fields such as agriculture, mining, and environmental management. It can also enhance your credibility as a drone pilot and demonstrate to clients that you have the necessary skills and training to operate a drone safely and effectively.

At Unique Aerial Solutions, we offer a comprehensive training program that covers all the necessary topics and skills required to obtain a CASA Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operator’s Certificate (ReOC) with Aerial Survey and Inspection Endorsement. Our experienced trainers can guide you through the licensing process and help you obtain the necessary training and certifications to operate your drone safely and legally.

Learn more about our training program and take the first step towards becoming a licensed drone operator.

Contact Unique Aerial Solutions Northern Territory today to learn more about the types of drone licences available and how we can help you obtain the right licence for your needs.