This regulatory area considers the training, licensing and ongoing competency requirements for all people involved in remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) and advanced air mobility (AAM) operations. This includes:

  • model aircraft pilot accreditation

  • remote pilot accreditation and aircraft supervisor accreditation

  • remote pilot training and licensing

  • AAM pilot training and licensing

  • AAM aircraft supervisor training and licensing

  • non-certified and certified remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) maintenance personnel training and licensing

  • cabin crew

  • training organisations

  • instructor/examiner training and licensing

  • diversity and inclusion in the talent pool.

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What we want to achieve

We aim to advance the existing regulatory requirements for training, licensing and ongoing competency for all roles involved in commercial and non-commercial RPAS and AAM operations. Guided by the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other aviation safety regulators, this may include licencing and training pathways that transition people between more traditional aviation roles and RPAS and AAM operations.

How we will do this

  • Review current RePL requirements and consider renewal or currency requirements, class and type ratings, and endorsements.

  • Engage with international aviation safety regulators to identify options for aligning RPAS training and licensing requirements.

  • Review the competency and training requirements of operationally critical people involved in RPAS and AAM operations to identify future regulatory change needs.

  • Consider medical standards for RPAS and AAM operators.

  • Review and implement an alternative training and examination pathway for remote pilots conducting beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations.

  • Implement accreditation requirements for model aircraft users.

  • Implement regulatory and system changes following the review of RePL requirements.

  • Align RPAS training and licensing requirements with international standards.

  • Update regulations to support new licensing requirements.

  • Implement standard training and licensing requirements for personnel involved in piloted passenger carrying AAM.

  • Review radio operator competency requirements for remote pilots.

  • Develop a specific set of outcome-based standards for RePL training on large type RPAS.

  • Implement standard training and licensing requirements for personnel involved in remotely piloted and optionally piloted passenger carrying AAM.

  • Introduce updated licensing requirements needed for RPAS and AAM operations factoring in the increasing levels of automation and autonomy.

  • Implement standard licensing and training requirements for AAM dispatchers.

Published date: 5 June 2022
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