To operate model aircraft or a drone for fun or sport in some locations, additional permissions or approvals are required.
You can apply to operate in the following conditions:
- Above 120 m (400 ft) above ground level (AGL)
- Within 5.5 km (3 nm) of a controlled aerodrome
- A model aircraft weighing more than 25 kg
- Within Restricted Airspace
- Over the movement area of a non-controlled aerodrome
- Model flying display
- First person view (FPV) flying
You do not need to hold a remote pilot licence (RePL) or remote operator’s certificate (ReOC) to apply for these permissions or approvals. Commercial operators must apply for flight authorisations.
Model aircraft categories
Your application will require you to specify the type of model aircraft you intend to operate in these conditions. You can nominate multiple types in your application.
Categories of model aircraft include:
- powered lift.
What to expect
Model aircraft flight authorisations can take 7 to 28 days to review and issue once payment is received.
To avoid any unnecessary delays or additional costs, ensure all required documentation specified in the application checklist is submitted with your completed form.
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