Frequently Asked Questions about operating Remotely Piloted Aircraft RPA (Drones)

1 Strict Liability - Breaches of most of the civil aviation rules are offences of strict liability.

 

What that means - If you are charged with a strict liability offence, the prosecution doesn’t have to prove intention, knowledge, recklessness or even negligence. In other words, it doesn’t matter whether you meant to break the rules or knew you were doing it.

 

2 Can a person fly an RPA under 2kg for commercial gain? Here

 

Yes but there is a raft of rules to follow known as Standard Operation Conditions (SOC)

 

The above operating conditions are a broad reflection of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 101 and do not include all the regulations you must follow. You must abide by all the regulations detailed in Part 101. If you don’t you could face enforcement action, including large fines and possible jail time.

 

If you want to operate outside these conditions you will need to hold a Remote Operator’s Certificate (ReOC)

 

3 If you don’t hold a remote operators certificate (ReOC) are you covered by public liability insurance?

 

All insurance companies state that coverage will only occur if the operator or responsible party is abiding by CASA regulations Part 101 therefore if you wish to operate outside the standard operating conditions (SOC) and do not hold a ReOC you are not covered by any insurance.

 

4 How do I know If I am operating outside the (SOC)

 

The only sure way to understand the CASA regulations is to obtain a Remote Operator’s Certificate (ReOC)

 

5 Do I need permission to take off and land an RPA from Council Land or a National Park?

 

Yes

 

6 Do I need permission to take off and land an RPA from private property?

 

Yes

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