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If you want to fly remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) commercially, or hire remote pilot licence (RePL) holders, you will need a remotely piloted aircraft operator's certificate (ReOC).
ReOCs are issued to people and businesses who hold an ABN, ACN or ARBN, and Government entities.
You may not need a ReOC if you're eligible to operate under an excluded category.
Your first ReOC is valid for 12 months with subsequent renewals valid for up to three years.
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To apply for a ReOC you must:
- Complete the following forms:
- Complete the following supporting documentation:
- Email your completed forms and documentation to email@example.com.
- Pay the assessment fee.
- Participate in an interview with us.
You can also apply for your ReOC through an industry delegate.
Applications can take up to 70 business days to process. This will vary based on the complexity of your application and proposed operation.
Additional flight permissions
You can apply for additional permissions under your certificate to fly:
- closer than 30 m to people
- outside of visual line-of-sight
- in restricted airspace or closer than 3 nm to a controlled aerodrome
- higher than 400 ft above ground level.
Your certificate will list the types of RPA you'd like to fly. You can select multiple RPA types to be included on your certificate.
- powered lift
Your certificate will also contain a weight category, generally up to 25 kg (with a 7 kg restriction where required).
If your RPA weighs more than 25 kg, your certificate will record the RPA manufacturer, type, model and weight. Airships will be listed by detailing cubic capacity.
We'll email you a renewal reminder around three months before your initial certificate expires.
Learn how to renew your certificate.
If you need to change any details on your certificate you'll need to complete form Application for RPA operator’s certificate (ReOC) initial issue and variation form 101-02 (pdf 274.39 KB) and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re making changes to key personnel, please also include form Application for RPA operator’s certificate (ReOC) nominated personnel approval form 101-04 (pdf 203.72 KB).
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