Changes to the Requirements for Commercial & Business Use Drones
The latest update from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) applies to all businesses and employees whose job entails the use of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) or drone.
According to CASA, all drone operators for business purposes should have the pilot accredited first. The only exception is if the operator already holds a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL). All information you may need regarding the accreditation process can be found here.
Apart from the pilot registration, all drones, regardless of their weight, are now required to be registered with CASA prior to any operation. For more details about drone registration, please visit this page.
Both registration and accreditation of all commercially-operated drones should be carried out by 20 January 2021. RPA Operator Accreditation is free and does not require renewal for the next three years. Meanwhile, free drone registration is active until June 2021. The licence will remain active for one year.
Failure to register your commercial drone and allow an unaccredited pilot to operate your drone will result in fines of up to $11,100. Penalties commence from 28 January 2021.
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