CASA Certification means different things whether it is being applying it to and an individual or a company. An individual is certified by CASA if they hold a Remote Pilot Licence issued by CASA. This alone does not allow them to fly commercially. To fly commercially, this individual needs to fly under a CASA Certified company. For a company to be CASA Certified, they need to hold a Remote Operator Certificate which is also issued by CASA. Once this individual holds a Remote Pilot Licence and works under a company that holds a Remote Operators Certificate, then they are legally allowed to fly commercially.
A Remote Pilot Licence can be obtained by completing our ‘Professional Training’ Course. If you wish to fly under your own business, you will need to obtain a Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC) directly from CASA. Find out more about how to gain an ReOC on our ‘Remote Operator Certificate’ page.
CASA Certification is essential to ensure that you are operating within the bounds of the law and are able to obtain full public liability insurance. Without appropriate approvals from CASA you are at risk of heavy fines and you will be unable to gain public liability insurance which leaves you open to potential lawsuits as well as possible criminal charges in the event of an accident.
UAVAIR is happy to walk you through the steps of full CASA accreditation in the ‘Professional Training’ course. We are able to help you get up and running as a fully accredited and legal UAV operator.
Even with these qualification you must adhere to the RPAS standard flight operating conditions unless you are granted an exemption by CASA. These operating conditions are as follows:
- In Day VMC only
- Within Visual Line Of Sight (VLOS) of the RPAS at all times
- Below 400ft AGL
- Not in controlled airspace
- Not within 3nm of an aerodrome
- Not over populous areas
- Not within 30m of people not directly associated with the UAV operation