Do you require a Remote Operator Certificate

Holding a Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC) allows businesses and organisations to operate remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) in a commercial capacity. The ReOC is essential if your company intends to earn money through the operation of RPAS.

The certificate, governed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), allows the company to employ and utilise individuals who hold a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) and fly outside the standard operating conditions for RPAS, as dictated by CASA, facilitating significant growth of opportunity for a range of industry sectors.

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To understand the structure of how a business must look when operating RPAS commercially, we can liken it to an airline such as QANTAS. QANTAS as the company, must hold an Air Operator’s Certificate and then each pilot operating aircraft in that company must also hold the relevant licence. When applied to your business and RPAS, an individual, incorporated company or body corporate must hold an ReOC with each individually requiring the appropriate RePL.


To obtain an ReOC, your company is required to submit a manual of your company policies and procedures to CASA for review and approval. Additionally, the holder of the ReOC must nominate a Chief Remote Pilot for the company’s operations. This designated individual is responsible for ensuring that operations taking place are safe and legal.

To be considered for this position, the individual must hold a RePL as a minimum requirement but should be licensed in each aircraft category and aircraft weight class. Once nominated, the Chief Pilot will be issued an example job by CASA to prepare a job safety and risk assessment and must complete a phone interview with CASA.

Aviassist can guide you through the entire process of obtaining a Remote Operator Certificate. We will complete the operational documentation for you, review your submission and conduct a pre-interview with the chief pilot to ensure the level of knowledge.

The initial ReOC is valid for a period of 12 months and if after this period it is determined that operations have been conducted in accordance with your operational documentation, the ReOC can be renewed for 3-year terms, at a small fee.

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Essentially, if a business or organisation is operating any RPAS greater than 2kg commercially, you must be operating under a Remote Operator Certificate. For those operating RPAS less than 2kg commercially it is also best practice to operate under a Remote Operator Certificate.

To find out about the process of applying for your ReOC or to read some frequently asked questions surrounding the ReOC, head to Aviassist’s website.

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