The Remote Pilot Course follows a syllabus created by CASA. Areas covered include aerodynamics, multi rotor flight, navigation, air law, meteorology, risk, and RPA Knowledge. Above Oz also supplies the PLUS module which covers a range of non-CASA topics, such as privacy issues; insurance; dealing with councils, landholders & the public; and aerial cinematography. The PLUS module is not a part of the course and is not examined.
It is also a course in practical, safe flying. It is not essential to have any flying experience before starting, but it will be an advantage if you do have even some limited flying hours, as it’s a requirement to have 5 hours of experience to be granted a license. Alternatively, it is possible to do the course first and build up your hours at your own pace after completing the course. However, this may require you to return at a later date to do your flight test.
The course is appropriate for pilots who wish to undertake any type of professional work with a drone, such as photography, mapping, surveillance, research, environmental, inspection, emergency services, etc.
There is a multi-choice examination at the end of the course. There is also a flight test to examine your safe flying ability.
This course is for Multi Rotor drones up to 25kg. However, if you intend to fly a drone exceeding 7kg, contact us to discuss the flight test procedure.
The course also includes tuition in Air Radio operation, which is then examined separately. Passing this exam will give you an Air Radio Operator’s Certificate (AROC). There are also some other requirements that must be satisfied regarding your ability to speak the English language to a suitable level.