Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC)

How Aviassist can help with your Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC)

Aviassist can make the process of obtaining your Remote Operators Certificate (ReOC) comfortable. Our RPAS specialists have years of experience in remotely piloted and piloted aircraft operations and manuals. We understand the importance of ensuring an operator can maintain compliance and safety. The cost of applying through Aviassist for your Remote Operators Certificate (ReOC) is $1850 GST Inclusive.

The fee includes:

  • Completed Operations Manual and Operational Library
  • Chief Remote Pilot training
  • CASA application fee (organised by Aviassist through a third party)

The requirement for a Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC)

As a business or company wanting to operate commercial drones, you will require a Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC). This requirement can be likened to an airline such as QANTAS. QANTAS as a company has an Air Operator’s Certificate and each pilot has their own pilot’s licence relevant to the aircraft operated. Having a Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC) allows the company to operate commercial drones Australia wide with the individual holding a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL).

Nominate a Chief Remote Pilot for the Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC)

The business or company needs to designate a person responsible for the companies operations, known as the Chief Remote Pilot. CASA will issue the Chief Remote Pilot an example job to prepare a job safety and risk assessment. Once this is complete a phone interview takes place to discuss the safety assessment and explain your responsibilities.

What is required to apply for a Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC)

To obtain a Remote Operators Certificate (ReOC), your business will need:

  1. Completed Operations Manual and Library
  2. Nominated Chief Remote Pilot (Must hold a Remote Pilot Licence)
  3. Company Aviation Reference Number (CASA Form 1170)
  4. Completed application forms (CASA Form 101-06 and CASA Form 101-08)

What is the process of obtaining a Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC)

Step 1 – Submit application for the Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC)

Step 2 – The Chief Remote Pilot completes paperwork (Flight Authorisation, Job Safety Assessment and Risk Assessment) for an example task based scenario. This scenario is similar to one that would typically be undertaken by your proposed operation (you will be given a few days to complete this).

Step 3 – A telephone interview during which you will be asked to answer some general questions relating to your ReOC operations and your responsibilities as a Chief Remote Pilot (Make sure you are familiar with your own CASA Operations Manual). A review of your responses to the Step 2 scenario will be included in the telephone interview. You may also be asked some questions about how you derived your scenario answers.

Step 4 – You will be provided with verbal feedback, and, where required, email you a formal Knowledge Deficiency Report (KDR). If a KDR is issued at the conclusion of Step 3, you are required to submit corrected answers for all of the points mentioned on the KDR. This must be done before the recommendation for the issue of the ReOC will be forwarded. If a KDR is not issued, the ReOC will be forwarded for processing immediately.

Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC) frequently asked questions

Who can apply for a Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC)?

An individual, incorporated company or body corporate can hold a Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC). The holder must nominate a Chief Remote Pilot who is responsible for ensuring operations under the Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC) are safe and legal. The Chief Remote Pilot must hold a Remote Pilot Licence as a minimum requirement.

Does the Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC) need to be renewed?

Initially after one year there is a renewal process with a small fee and if operations have been conducted in accordance with your operational documentation your Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC) will be reissued for another 3 years.

Who can become Chief Remote Pilot?

Any responsible person holding a Remote Pilot Licence for the aircraft types to be operated by the company.

What aircraft can be operated under a Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC)?

Aircraft are categorised into Multirotor, Fixed Wing, Helicopter and Powered Lift. The Chief Remote Pilot will need to be licensed to fly each aircraft category and aircraft weight class.

Can flights be conducted under another companies Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC)?

Yes, this is completely legal providing the company holding the Remote Operator’s Certificate can manage the activity and all conditions of the Operations Manual are followed.

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