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Aviation Australia is launching Remote Pilot Training

Aviation Australia has partnered with Remote Aviation Australia to deliver a Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight).

The course was developed in response to an increase in demand to operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), commonly known as drones, for work and commercial purposes.

“The unmanned aviation industry is expected to grow significantly in the next decade, increasing RPAS career prospects and supporting the constant evolution of technology,” said Bill Horrocks, Chief Executive Officer at Aviation Australia.

The increase of RPAS usage has extended to integral industries such as emergency services, the police service, research collection and surveying, to name a few.

“RPAS are already being used as a business tool to access high, difficult or unsafe places. As a result, many sectors are ramping up their usage, using them for disaster management, infrastructure, agriculture, surveillance and resource purposes,” said Ryan McMahon, Chief Remote Pilot, Remote Aviation Australia.

“Unmanned aircraft are being considered to move freight and are even being used in a military sense. It’s a very exciting time for the aviation industry and the exponential growth of RPAS platforms require appropriately training crews. Our course ensures graduates will be industry ready, with the appropriate regulatory licences and approvals.”

The Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight) involves theoretical and practical training, which upon completion enables students to qualify for a Remote Pilots Licence (RePL).  The RePL enables operation of an RPAS for business or commercial purposes.

The licence permits graduating students to operate an RPAS safely and under approved weight and operating restrictions. Graduating students will also receive an Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate (AROC), which is a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requirement to use aviation VHF radios.

“Not only does the course provide essential certifications, it also includes extra flying practice where the student will plan and implement a number of remote pilot workplace scenarios,” said Ryan McMahon.

“These scenarios go far beyond RePL training requirement; allowing students to experience real life job tasks under the guidance of our experienced unmanned pilots. There’s also a strong focus on developing student’s non-technical skills, such as communication, teamwork, decision making and situational awareness.”

The RPAS theory training will take place at Aviation Australia’s word-class facilities at the Brisbane Airport, as well as Remote Aviation’s facility in Sumner. Practical training will take place in an RPAS safe area nearby. The first course will take place on 21 May 2018, and uses blended learning strategies of online lessons and seven-days of face-to-face training. For more information or to find out when the launch event will take place, visit: or

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