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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 licence or certification 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 before you want to fly by completing the online notification form.
Flight notifications are valid for 36 months. You'll need to complete a new form every 3 years.
Notifications are specific to each drone and location, so you'll need to submit a new notification if you:
- get a new drone
- want to fly a different drone
- change the weight of your drone eg by adding extra equipment
- want to fly from a different place.
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
From the end of 2019, you'll also need to get your drone accreditation.
Once you know the flight rules, you'll need to pass a short online accreditation quiz.
Accreditation tells us you known the drone safety rules that should be followed at all times when you fly.
Step 5: register your drone
From the end of 2019, you'll need to register all drones. You must 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 need to register your drone through our myCASA 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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