Australia launches new BVLOS exam for remote pilots operating outside controlled airspace

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority has launched a new beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) outside of controlled airspace (OCTA) exam for remote pilots. The new exam is an alternate pathway to sitting the Instrument Rating Exam (IREX) for remote pilot licence (RePL) holders intending to fly BVLOS OCTA.

Details of the new BVLOS exam are:

  • Entry requirements: Remote pilot licence (RePL)
  • Cost: AUD166.79 per exam, made up of:
    • AUD96.79 examiner fee
    • AUD70 CASA regulatory fee
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • No permitted materials: all information is provided to candidates digitally
  • Pass rate: 70%

RePL holders who intend to fly BVLOS operations must operate under a remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificate (ReOC) holder with a flight authorisation to conduct BVLOS operations.

RePL holders who intend to fly BVLOS operations in controlled airspace will still need to pass the IREX exam.

RePL holders will need to provide a copy of their exam results to the ReOC holder.

A ReOC holder must ensure the remote pilot has successfully passed the exam, and is proficient in accordance with the approved documented practices and procedures.

To help training organisations develop appropriate training material for the new exam, CASA has created the RPAS BVLOS OCTA – Aeronautical Knowledge Standards and Standards Guide.

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