Drone Licence and Drone Training

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Drone Licence training certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Most commercial drone operations require an individual to obtain a Drone Licence and the organisation to obtain a Remote Operator Certificate. Drone Licenses from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority are perpetual and divided into Remote Aircraft type and weight categories.

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Aviassist is the longest continually running drone training organisation in Australia, providing drone training and drone licenses for Multirotor 25kgs, Fixed Wing 25kgs and Powered Lift 7kgs Remote Aircraft. Aviassist has offices in Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth and provides custom drone licence courses for groups anywhere in Australia. The theory component of the drone licence course is also available via our “Online Live” virtual classroom.

To secure its position as a leader in Drone Licence training, Aviassist hires the best available RPAS Instructors on the market and have established internal training pathways to ensure our instructors routinely meet and exceed CASA and client expectations. We are experienced in training large, complex organisations including emergency services, ASX listed companies and government organisations. Aviassist specialises in training a high volume of drone licence candidates with quality results and are accustomed to training those with little prior aviation experience. Our professional instructors have the capability to make a foreign concept simple to understand.

Drone Licence training content is accessible through an industry-leading online learning management system and has been custom developed by the Aviassist team. We are committed to continuous improvement to ensure we provide the best drone licence training available in Australia.

Aviassist provides the drones for the practical aspect of the Drone Licence. Drones utilised for training have carefully been selected to ensure they are industry-relevant and easy to operate.

  • Multirotor drone training is conducted using DJI Phantom 4 and DJI Matrice 600 aircraft
  • Fixed Wing drone training is conducted using Sensefly Ebee and Applied Aeronautics Albatross aircraft.
  • Powered Lift drone training is conducted using the Wingtra and Quantum Systems Trinity aircraft

Aviassist's mission is to provide the best drone training available on the market that is professional, relevant and valuable

- Ross Anderson, Aviassist Managing Director

Initial Drone Licence training

Aviassist’s award-winning Drone Licence courses are designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of the practical and theoretical components necessary for the safe and effective operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), resulting in Remote Pilots who can operate confidently and proficiently.

Initial Drone Licence training consists of three days of theory surrounding the safe and efficient operation and two days of practical application on RPAS with all necessary equipment supplied by Aviassist. The preferred training model is In-Person over 5 days, however, a blended learning model is also available via Aviassist’s “Online Live” platform for a blended learning model of two days online and 3 days in person.

The theory is delivered largely using instructor-directed learning within a small class setting, promoting the acquisition of deep knowledge and allowing for conversation and questions concerning the more difficult concepts. An iPad is provided for the duration of the course containing the Drone Licence course content and relevant applications. Students will continue to have access to this course content on the Online Learning Management System for a minimum of 12 months.

To ensure Aviassist training is compatible with industry expectations, an electronic compliance tool is used during training. AVCRM has been selected as the standard compliance tool. Aviassist uses CASA standard operational documentation as a reference during training. 

During the theoretical segment of the course, students will sit an Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC), English Language Proficiency (ELP) and Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) theory exam. All flying with Aviassist is competency-based and will be guided and assessed by our professional, quality-conscious instructors, with the experience personally tailored to individual needs.

The design of this course means the days generally run Monday – Friday, 8 am-4 pm, with multiple breaks offered to assist students with knowledge retention and their personal comfort.  Should a candidate not reach the required competency during the allocated time, Aviassist will offer additional training on another scheduled course at no additional expense.

The initial Drone Licence is conducted on Multirotor aircraft including the DJI Phantom 4 and DJI Matrice 600 Pro to gain a Remote Pilot Licence – Multirotor 25kgs. Once you have obtained your initial Drone Licence (or hold a flight crew licence), the drone licence can be amended to include other aircraft or weight categories.

Upgrading your Drone Licence

A Drone Licence can be upgraded to include another aircraft type or increase the weight capability within an existing aircraft category. Aviassist schedules training sessions to upgrade your RePL for Multirotor 25kg, Fixed Wing 25kg and Powered Lift 7kg.

 

Drone Licence upgrade from 7kg Multirotor to 25kg Multirotor

Upgrading your 7kg Multirotor Drone Licence to 25kg increases the options of aircraft and payload, substantially increasing capability in the field. The weight of many commercial off the shelf remote aircraft is above the 7kg limitation imposed by many initial Drone Licenses.

Drone training for Multirotor 25kg is conducted using the Aviassist fleet of DJI Matrice 600 Pro, a hexacopter with a Maximum Takeoff weight of 15.5 kilograms. There is no additional theory or theory examination to increase the weight category from 7kg to 25kg though a detailed brief will be conducted on the aircraft.

We begin training where the initial Drone Licence concluded, confirming competency on the DJI Phantom 4. From here, we go through a training package on the DJI Matrice 600 Pro before completing a flight test. On successful completion of the flight test, your licence submission is made to CASA to upgrade the RePL to the higher weight category.

Training is planned over two days and is competency-based; in most cases, we can complete the training in a shorter timeframe. See scheduled training dates and locations.

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Drone Licence upgrade to include Fixed Wing 7kg

Fixed-wing remote aircraft offer a substantial increase in efficiency, covering a larger area in a shorter amount of time.

Drone training for Fixed Wing 7kg is conducted using Aviassist’s fleet of Sensefly Ebee, a proven platform with intuitive ground control software. A two-hour brief is conducted on operating fixed-wing aircraft, followed by a brief on the Sensefly Ebee. A short examination is conducted before heading out to the field to perform the practical component of the Drone Licence upgrade.

Training is planned over two days and is competency-based; in most cases, we can complete the training in a shorter timeframe. See scheduled training dates and locations.

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Drone Licence upgrade to include Powered Lift 7kg

Powered Lift aircraft brings together the efficiency of a fixed-wing with the vertical take-off and landing capabilities of a Multirotor type aircraft.

Drone training for a Powered Lift 7kg upgrade is conducted using Aviassist’s fleet of Wingtra Wingta One or Quantum System Trinity F90 platforms. The Wingtra is a tailsitter type design, and the Trinity is a tiltrotor type design. We suggest training on the design closest to the one you plan to operate. A two-hour brief is conducted on aspects of operating Powered Lift aircraft, followed by a brief on the training aircraft. A short examination is conducted before heading out to the field to perform the practical component of the Drone Licence upgrade.

Drone training is planned over two days and is competency-based. In most cases, we can complete the training in a shorter timeframe. See scheduled training dates and locations

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