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Sub 2 kg drones for business use - excluded category
If you earn money by flying your drone, you're usually required to hold a remote pilot licence (RePL) or remotely piloted aircraft operator's certificate (ReOC).
However, if the drone you're flying weighs less than 2 kg, you can fly under the 'Sub 2 kg' excluded category.
Examples of businesses that may fly under this category include:
- photographers and film makers
- real estate agents
- construction workers and tradespeople.
You don't need a RePL or ReOC if you're only flying for fun.
Excluded category safety rules video
How to apply
Step 1: apply for an aviation reference number (ARN)
An ARN is your unique ID number that we'll use to identify you each time you communicate with us.
Find out more about the ID requirements and apply for an ARN.
Step 2: tell us before you fly
You need to tell us five (5) days before you intend to fly by submitting an ‘excluded category notification’ via the myCASA portal.
Notifications are specific to each drone, so you'll need to submit a new notification if you:
- get a new drone
- want to fly a different type of drone
- change the weight of your drone, such as adding extra equipment.
Step 3: fly within the drone safety rules
You must fly within the drone safety rules, officially known as the standard operating conditions, at all times.
Step 4: get your accreditation
You'll soon need to get your drone accreditation.
Once you've learnt the drone safety rules, you'll need to pass a short online accreditation quiz.
Accreditation tells us you know the rules that need to be followed at all times when you fly.
Step 5: register your drone
Drone registration is coming soon. You'll need to register your drone before you can fly it. Registration will be quick and easy.
If you don't register before you fly, you could face penalties including fines of up to $10,500 and possible jail time.
You'll be able to register your drone online through themyCASA portal.
Have a question? Need help? Try asking our virtual assistant, which can be found in the bottom right hand corner of your screen.
You can also contact us through our online enquiry form.
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