To operate commercially in Australia (varies by country) appropriate certification from CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) is required. Whether you are a commercial operator or hobbyist, operations should remain within CASA's 101.g Regulations.
There are two different certifications;
- 1. Controller Certificate
- 2. Operator Certificate
Currently, CASA require operators to pass the Fixed Wing Private Pilot License Theory Exam (PPL), Manufacturer Training and the Australian Radio Operator Certificate of Proficiency (ARCOP). The obtainment of these certifications is required for your Controller Certificate which allows you to work under one's Operator's Certificate.
Thankfully, CASA are in the midst of creating an industry specific license category for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). At this stage, the RPA training syllabus is caught up in Canberra was expected to be released early May 2012 (hopefully not too much longer now!). Once this syllabus has been approved and taken up by training organisations, RPA training will become available. This category will consist of Single Rotor, Multi-Rotor and Fixed wing remotely piloted aircraft. A type conversion is required for each.