Remotely piloted aircraft system resources and links
- Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) frequently asked questions(FAQs)
- RPAS definitions and abbreviations
- RPAS Notification System
- Report unsafe operation of drones and RPA
- CASR Part 101 Regulations - Unmanned aircraft and rocket operations
Remotely piloted aircraft eLearning module
- The remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) module is aimed at anyone wanting to operate an RPA recreationally or for commercial purposes in Australia. Whether you are flying for fun or for educational, business or research purposes, this module will help you understand the safety rules applying to how you use your RPA and its weight category.
Safety brochures (click to download)
- Flying your drone for fun brochure
- Model rocket brochure
- RPA near fire-fighting brochure
- Sub-2kg commercial brochure
- Flying over your own land brochure
- Applying for an ARN
- Form 101-01 Application for remote pilot licence (RePL)
- Form 101-02 Application for RPA operator’s certificate (ReOC) initial issue and variation
- Form 101-03 Application for RPA operator’s certificate (ReOC) subsequent issue (renewal)
- Form 101-04 Application for RPA operator’s certificate (ReOC) nominated personnel approval
- Form 101-05 RePL training notification of results
- Form 101-07 Application for grant or renewal of RPAS delegation
|AC 101-01 v2.0||Remotely piloted aircraft systems - licensing and operations||(December 2016)|
|AC 101-2(0)||Unmanned aircraft and rockets - rockets||(July 2002)|
|AC 101-3(0)||Unmanned aircraft and rockets - model aircraft||(July 2002)|
|AC 101-05 v1.0||Functions and duties of RPAS maintenance controllers||(September 2016)|
|AC 101-10 v1.2||Remotely piloted aircraft systems - operation of excluded RPA (other than model aircraft)||(September 2016)|
Visual Flight Guide
The Visual Flight Rules Guide is designed for VFR (Visual Flight Rules) pilots in sport, general and helicopter operations. This information may also provide additional information to RPA pilots. Visit vfrg.casa.gov.au regularly for updates
Airservices Australia provide air navigation services and manages air traffic control towers across Australia. They also provide resources including flight briefing information services, access to aeronautical information publications and an online store where maps and charts can be purchased which may assist pilots in determining airspace can be purchased.
- Aeronautical Information Package (AIP)
- Information about using unmanned aerial systems in controlled airspace (Airservices)
- Online flight briefing service
- Airservices Australia managed traffic control towers
- Airservices Australia online store for maps or charts
List of Certified Operators
View the list of approved RPA operators that includes all commercial operators including those who conduct training.
Remotely piloted aircraft associations
- Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
- Australian Association for Unmanned Systems
- Australian Certified UAV Operators Inc
- Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
Further reading about remotely piloted aircraft
- Key note address CASA Director of Aviation Safety February 2013: Development of UAS in civil airspace and challenges for CASA
Flight Safety Australia magazine articles
- Flight Safety Australia March-April 2014 Unmanned aircraft: the next waypoint
- Flight Safety Australia Jan-Feb 2013 edition: Intruder in the circuit. The operators of a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) were lucky to feel only embarrassment rather than grief after losing their aircraft near a busy aerodrome. It's an example of why RPA operators must take them seriously as aircraft.
- Flight Safety Australia July-August 2012 Unmanned aircraft: a civil discussion
Articles below all available at the Flight Safety Australia archive.
- Flight Safety Australia Sept-Oct 2011 Professionalism in train- training unmanned aircraft pilots.
- Flight Safety Australia Nov-Dec 2010 Poised for take-off - the unmanned sector is maturing rapidly.
- Flight Safety Australia May-June 2010 Manning UAS - the UAV sector is concluding pilot training is essential.
- Flight Safety Australia May-June 2009 UAS - the story continues … Part 2 of developments in unmanned aerial systems.
- Flight Safety Australia Mar-Apr 2009 To boldly go where no man can. New developments in unmanned aerial systems.
If you have any questions or RPA operational enquiries, please contact CASA's RPAS Office by completing the RPA online form.