On 29 January 2019 Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) announced that they propose to introduce a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) aka “Drone”, registration requirement with a proposed fee between $100 to $160 per drone.
There may also be an RPA operator “Drone Pilot” accreditation requirement around $20 per year per pilot and includes an online course, as a way of monitoring the safe and lawful operation of drones in Australia.
Pilot who have an official CASA RePL will be exempt.
Currently it looks like the rules may be implemented as early as July 2019..
The registration and accreditation may be required under the following conditions.
Your drone weighs more than 250 grams if you fly it recreationally. If you conduct any commercial activity it will be required no matter the weight of the drone.
• The RPA registration and accreditation requirements are not proposed to apply to the following:
• RPA 250 grams or less operated recreationally or
• Model aircraft at CASA-approved model airfields or
• RPA operated recreationally indoors.
At RPAS Training and Solutions we have provided CASA accredited drone training for the Remote Pilot License (RePL) and ReOC for company operations since 2012.