Frequently Asked Questions
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To fly commercially, you need to possess either a Private Pilots Licence (PPL) or what is called Remote Pilot Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Certification. Ace Aviation offers you RPAS Certification as a Certificate III Course. As a certified professional, you can have Public Liability Insurance which is required to avoid penalties from CASA which can be up to $8,000. Our course is run over 7 days and gives you training in safe operating conditions as well as training with qualified pilots experienced in the same field.
The sky is the limit. You might be looking to get a Remote Pilot Certification to boost your photography, video or film business. Or, you might be a surveyor seeking to boost productivity and reduce costs. Or, you might just love flying and seek a career in the rapidly expanding market for remote pilots. In almost any industry there career is potential for remote piloted systems and training now will get your foot in the door quickly. This industry is expanding rapidly and the commercial drone industry is projected to be worth over $4.8 billion dollars globally by 2021.
The current minimum age to gain a CASA Remote Pilot Licence is 17.
The UAV industry is still in its infancy but is already growing rapidly. Globally the civilian sector is expected to more than double in 10 years to more than $10 billion and we see Australia is growing more rapidly than the rest of the world. Career options are still developing, however there seems to be two streams of job opportunties: The first is for dedicated pilots. These jobs involve major travel, can be across many industries and require specific skills and risk assessments. The second career options are support roles such as cinematographers, photographers, asset inspection engineers, surveyors and agriculturalists. There is also rapid development of new technologies which provides UAVs with new and exciting capabilities.
Flying drones commercially is very different to flying a microdrone around your house or drone racing at the park on the weekend. Many people soon realise that equipment for commercial work can be very expensive (some of our drone systems are worth well over $20,000) and pilots need to be highly skilled to make sure the drones return intact and with all the data they need. This why Ace Aviation trains students across 4 days so when you finish your course, you don’t just get a piece of paper, you get skills in a real world of opportunities. To begin with, we recommend that you purchase a simple, inexpensive UAV and practice. Over time you will get a feel for the controls and gradually develop the skills you will build in the course.
A Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight) is a nationally recognised qualification. Ace Aviation is the only training institute in Australia registered with Australia Qualifications Framework. We impart you with comprehensive knowledge of drones, how they operate, maintenance and understanding all air laws in Australia. It is essential to have the knowledge and a valuable certification to find a job in the UAV industry.
No, we provide all the equipment you require to fly for the course. If you are thinking of buying a drone, we recommend you wait until completing the course. Through the course you will gain experience of using different UAVs for different applications and you will then be able to make an informed decision of which drone best suits your needs.
Yes, as a requirement, you have to complete this exam. This exam cannot be included as part of the RPAS training course at this stage due to CASA restrictions. You must book separately at a local examination centre. The exam takes approximately 10 minutes and is verbal only. Ace Aviation can also assist you in organising this exam.
An ARN is the license number issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to all pilots who operate in Australian airspace. You will be required to obtain an ARN before the final certificate can be issued. Ask Ace Aviation if you need assistance obtaining your ARN.
Adequate drinking water on the days of practical training. Everything else is supplied including lunch. In the practical exam you can bring your personal aircraft if approved by the Ace Aviation instructor. Please contact Ace Aviation if you intend to bring your own craft.
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