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Types of Remotely Piloted Aircraft and Restrictions Based on Weight

What you can and can not do with your Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), and what type of licence, if any, you will need will be determined by the weight class of your RPA [Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (Cth)].

The weight categories are:

  • Micro: gross weight of 100 g or less;
  • Very small: gross weight of more than 100 g and less than 2 kg;
  • Small: gross weight of at least 2 kg and less than 25 kg;
  • Medium: gross weight of at least 25 kg and less than or equal to 150 kg (or, for airships, an envelope of 100 m3 or less);
  • Large: gross weight greater than 150 kg (or, for airships, more than a 100 m3 envelope).

    [See Volume 4, Dictionary Definitions, Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (Cth)].

Some types of RPA can be operated without the need for a remote pilot licence and an operator’s certificate; they are referred to as ‘excluded RPA’ operations [reg 101.237].

All other RPA require either a remote pilot licence or an operators certificate or both [reg 101. 252].

Types of Remotely Piloted Aircraft and Restrictions Based on Weight  :  Last Revised: Thu Nov 3rd 2016
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