The ReOC Application Process
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
If you are applying as an organisation, your business will need an ARN (Aviation Reference Number). This can be attained by submitting Form 1170 to CASA. If you are a sole operator or individual, your individual ARN may be used
Have ready details of your organisation (ABN, ACN, etc) and an Organisational Chart (for business applications).
Make a list of the RPA (drone/UAV) models which will be used for operations
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STEP 1: Complete Our Online Form
Fill in your individual contact details.
Enter the details about your and your business (the Operator).
Nominate a Chief Remote Pilot - this person will be responsible for all aviation operations conducted by the organisation. The Chief Remote Pilot must already hold a Remote Pilots Licence (RePL). For an individual, this can be yourself.
Nominate a Maintenance Controller. This person will be responsible for all maintenance and safe condition of all RPA systems. The Maintenance Controller can be anyone holding a Remote Pilots Licence (RePL) (including yourself if you are applying as an individual).
Detail your operations - e.g. aerial photography, survey, 3D mapping, inspections, agriculture.
Select all the RPA models your organisation will use for operations. If these aren't in the list, please enter them in the supplied text box. We will use these to provide specific information and reference materials in the documents.
Add any procedures specific to your intended operations which you would like to include. These will be added in addition to the procedures we have already prepared and customised. Provide these procedures in full with as much information and detail as possible.
Provide any additional comments which we may need to know about your organisation or operations to prepare the documents. This is optional.
Payment - We accept all major credit cards and PayPal through our secure gateway. Payment can be made after completing all the above details in the form.
What Happens Next
STEP 2: Our Turn
We take all the information you provided in the form and prepare two documents: a RPAS Operations Manual and a Procedures Library.
A fully customised, CASA-compliant RPAS Operations Manual complete with distribution control requirements, specific RPA model details and safety instructions
A Procedures Library, complete with normal and specialised operational procedures, night-flying requirements, methods for flying within 30m of persons, emergency procedures, forms and documentation specific to each RPA model your business operates.
See our pricing page for more information.
Our preparation of these manuals is based on:
Extensive experience preparing manuals for existing ReOC holders
The latest information and specifications from CASA
Feedback from our previous customers and CASA
Once we have completed and proofed your documents, we will supply these by email in Word (.docx) format. This enables you to make any final revisions as you wish, and to maintain the documents going forward. If you require a different format, let us know.
STEP 4: Submit Your Application
You have two options:
1. Apply through a Delegate
A delegate is a company designated by CASA to assess applications on their behalf.
A list of current delegates can be found here.
Contact the delegate for instructions on how to submit your application - some delegates require the same forms as CASA, while others have an online application form.
The delegate or CASA will then assess the application and conduct an interview (see below).
Our experience is that delegates are currently assessing and approving ReOC applications much faster than CASA, however we recommend speaking to the delegates about the process before you submit your application.
2. Apply directly through CASA
Attach the forms and the RPAS Operations Manual and Procedures Library we provided to an email along with ID and business information. Email your application to email@example.com.
CASA (or the delegate) will contact you for the required assessment fee (approx. $1500-1800) and will organise an interview (see below).
STEP 5: Interview
The nominated Chief Remote Pilot will be contacted by the delegate or CASA for an interview. The interview is normally phone based and is a task-based scenario. Some paperwork may be required to complete before the interview (e.g. Flight Authorisation, Job Safety Assessment, Risk Assessment).
The interview questions will relate to the scenario and the answers the Chief Remote Pilot gave in the paperwork.
STEP 6: Follow Up (If Required)
The delegate (or CASA) may provide verbal and written feedback on your application, if there were any issues identified. You may be required to submit corrections before your ReOC can be issued. Remote Operator Australia can provide advice in this situation.
STEP 7: Receive your ReOC
You will be issued with a RPA Operator's Certificate (ReOC) and you can start flying and earning.