Apply for flight authorisations

To fly in some locations or under certain conditions, you must apply for additional approvals or permissions. Only chief remote pilots of a remotely piloted aircraft operator's certificate (ReOC) holder can apply.

The requirements

To apply for a flight authorisation, you must:

  1. Include supporting documents and risk assessments.

  2. Pay the estimated fee following review of your application, additional fees may apply if an RPAS Inspector must travel to complete the assessment.

Apply for additional approvals

You must apply for approval to fly:

  • above 120 m (400 ft) above ground level (AGL) in controlled airspace
  • above 120 m (400 ft) AGL in non-controlled airspace
  • within 5.5 km (3 nm) of a controlled aerodrome, including military controlled aerodromes
  • above 120 m (400 ft) AGL within 5.5 km (3 nm) of a controlled aerodrome
  • over a movement area of a controlled aerodrome
  • in the approach or departure path of a runway of a controlled aerodrome.

These approvals take a minimum 21 days to process from the date of payment.

Apply for additional permissions

You must apply for permission to fly:

  • over a movement area of a non-controlled aerodrome
  • above 120 m (400 ft) AGL within 5.5 km (3 nm) of a non-controlled aerodrome.

These permissions take a minimum 21 days to process from the date of payment.

Flying indoors within 5.5 km (3 NM) of a controlled airport

To apply to fly indoors within 5.5 km (3 NM) of a controlled airport, you must submit your updated Operations Manual and Library to us with procedures. On approval, we will send you a letter granting you permission. The permission ceases if you no longer hold a ReOC or the procedures for indoor operations are removed from your manual.

Apply for beyond visual line-of-sight approvals

You must apply for approval to fly:

If this is your first BVLOS application, you may wish to arrange a pre-application meeting with us to discuss the general application process.

Apply to fly in Sydney Harbour and surrounding areas

You must apply for permission to fly in Sydney Harbour and surrounding areas. It is restricted airspace (R405A/B) due to helicopters and seaplanes that have permission to fly there.

Renew approvals and permissions

To renew any expiring flight authorisations you must submit a new application at least 21 days prior to the expiry date.

Automated airspace approvals trial

We’re planning to undertake a trial to digitally authorise requests to fly within 5.5 km (3 nm) of a controlled airport at 3 selected trial sites.

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Last updated:
23 Dec 2021
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