Excluded Category

Excluded Category Drone Operations

For those operating aircraft less than 2kg there is an option to operate in the excluded category. The excluded category removes the requirement for a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) and Remote Operators Certificate (ReOC). Due to this, heavy restrictions apply on where you can operate the drone and public liability insurance is not available without training.

The excluded category is the perfect way to trial using drones as part of your business in low risk areas. To operate in all areas professionally, using best practise, a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) should be obtained. Aviassist has an excluded category training course available at Officeworks stores nationwide. The course includes:

  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Air Law
  • Aircraft Specific Information
  • How To’s
  • Use of applications to automate your drone

Is your drone part of the excluded category?

The below table indicates the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requirement for a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) and Remote Operators Certificate (ReOC). Remote aircraft can be utilised commercially in the excluded category where no licensing requirement exists.

Weight ClassOperation TypeRePLReOC
<2kgCommercialNoNo
>2kgCommercialYesYes
<25kgPrivate LandholderNoNo
>25kg <150kgPrivate LandholderYesNo

Is the operating area in the excluded category?

The excluded category has heavy restrictions on operating areas and approvals are not available.

  • You must keep your RPA at least 5.5km away from controlled aerodromes
  • You must keep your RPA at least 5.5km away from uncontrolled aerodromes where aircraft are present
  • You must keep your RPA at least 30 metres away from other people
  • You must not fly your RPA higher than 120 metres (400ft) above ground level (AGL)
  • You must only fly during the day and keep your RPA within visual line-of sight
  • You must not operate your RPA in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, another person or property
  • You must not fly your RPA over any populous areas
  • You must not fly your RPA over or near an area affecting public safety or where emergency operations are underway
  • You must not fly your RPA in prohibited or restricted airspace
  • You can only fly one RPA at a time.

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