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Additional permissions and approvals
To fly remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) in some locations or under some conditions, additional permissions or approvals are required.
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Chief Remote Pilots operating under a remotely piloted aircraft operator's certificate (ReOC) may apply for the below additional permissions and approvals.
These applications take a minimum 21 days to process from the date of payment:
- Above 400 ft above ground level (AGL) in controlled airspace
- Above 400 ft AGL in non-controlled airspace
- Operations within 5.5 km (3 nm) of a controlled aerodrome, including military controlled aerodromes
- Operate over a movement area of a controlled aerodrome
- Operate over the approach or departure path of a runway of a controlled aerodrome
- Operate above 400 ft AGL within 5.5 km (3 nm) of a controlled aerodrome
- Operate above 400 ft AGL within 5.5 km (3 nm) of a non-controlled aerodrome
- One to many operations.
These applications take a minimum 40 days to process from the date of payment:
- Beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS)
- Extended visual line-of-sight (EVLOS).
To apply for an additional permission or approval, please complete Application for RPA flight authorisation (area approval / permission) form 101-09 (pdf 165.18 KB).
You must include any required supporting information and risk assessments when making the application.
We'll provide you an estimated fee and processing timeframe for the application, once we receive all required information. Additional fees may apply if an RPAS Inspector is required to travel to undertake regulatory activities as part of the assessment process.
You must pay all related costs before we can start assessing your application.
If you hold any additional authorisations that require renewal, you'll need to complete and submit the paper based Application for RPA flight authorisation (area approval / permission) form 101-09 (pdf 165.18 KB).
Sydney Harbour and surrounding areas is a no drone zone due to the helicopters and seaplanes that have permission to fly there, often at low altitudes.
Chief Remote Pilots operating under a remotely piloted aircraft operator's certificate (ReOC) may apply for permission to operate in the restricted airspace over Sydney Harbour and surrounding areas.
You must contact the airspace controlling authority, CASA Sydney Region at firstname.lastname@example.org to request permission.
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