The Opportunity

Looking to turn your hobby into a profession? Or perhaps you’re after a career change? How about an extra source of income? There are many different reasons to embark in a career in the unmanned aviation industry. Choosing Remote Aviation Australia to assist you will be an excellent initial investment in your career.

Obtaining your Remote Pilots Licence (RePL) is the first step to being able to operate remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), otherwise known as drones or UAVs, for commercial or business purposes. The unmanned aviation industry is set to grow significantly in the next decade and remotely piloted aircraft have already begun replacing manned aircraft in many roles.

PwC drone industry value

According to PwC’s study on the commercial applications of drone technology, the emerging global market for business services using drones is valued at over $127bn.

In a recent industry forum, a spokesperson from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) explained that between now and 2020 the commercial unmanned aviation sector is projected to grow by up to 500%. In addition, Price Waterhouse Coopers values the global market for drone powered business solutions at $127 billion. Now is the time to begin a career in this rapidly developing industry.

Although most people would think otherwise, all civilian unmanned aircraft or ‘drones’ are considered ‘aircraft’ under Australia’s legislation. Flying remotely piloted aircraft can seem daunting at first with apparently complex regulations and requirements for those unfamiliar to the aviation industry. Remote Aviation Australia can guide you through the process to become certified and provide training to give you the confidence to embark on your new career.


Our Remote Pilot Training

As a CASA-approved RPAS training provider, Remote Aviation Australia can offer the theoretical and operational (practical) training needed to obtain your remote pilot licence (RePL) and kick-start your drone career. Anyone can undertake our remote pilot training, even if you have never flown a drone before. Our RePL course involves:

Theoretical remote pilot training in the topics of: general aeronautical knowledge, RPAS systems, air law, flight planning, meteorology and human factors. It is a CASA requirement that RePL students pass a theoretical exam – our in-house RPAS exam has 50 multiple-choice/short-answer questions, with a minimum 70% pass mark. We offer free remedial tuition in the unlikely event you do not pass your exam the first time.

Operational (practical) remote pilot training providing five hours of RPA flight time to ensure you have the skills and confidence to safely and effectively fly.

  • Our flying sequences will give you the skills needed to pass a CASA Chief Remote Pilot ReOC assessment.
  • Once basic flying skills are mastered, we provide students with advanced flying techniques, such as how to improve your aerial photography.
  • You will fly our fully-insured DJI Phantom and large DJI Inspire multirotor RPA, or aeroplane (fixed-wing) RPA.
  • We provide a number of pre-flight videos and training packages online for you to review prior to flying (available to all students, not just our online participants).

Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate (AROC) training. An AROC is required in certain circumstances for operations near aerodromes or in controlled airspace. CASA require you to pass a short, multiple-choice exam, which we conduct in-house. You are also required to pass an English Language Proficiency (ELP) test for an AROC to be issued – we also complete this as part of your course. All CASA fees for the AROC and ELP are included in your course costs (most training schools require the student to pay these in addition to their RPAS course fee). Although not mandated by CASA, your professional remote pilot training is incomplete if you do not obtain an AROC qualification.

Theoretical and practical training is usually split during the first four days of the course. The RPAS and AROC exams are then conducted on day five, together with any additional flying required due to weather interruptions etc.

We also provide you with a training pack, which includes a full set of course notes and access to our online training.

RePL course info & pricing  

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