Proposed Part 101 Chief Remote Pilot Licence Instructor and other matters - (CD 2401US)

Closes 28 Feb 2024

Opened 1 Feb 2024

Overview

We are seeking feedback on proposed changes to the Part 101 Manual of Standards (MOS).

These changes include:

  • a new Chief Remote Pilot Licence Instructor (CRI) position in the remote pilot licence (RePL) instructor qualification framework
  • improved standards and flexibility
  • transition plans
  • other minor amendments to make it clearer.

The summary of proposed change document outlines:

  • the new CRI policy
  • how the CRI and other changes will be implemented
  • how the CRI changes may impact training organisations, instructors, and chief remote pilots (CRP)
  • minor clarifications for certain operations near aerodromes.

Proposed changes

Chief Remote Pilot Licence Instructor

The CRI will be required to:

  • hold one of the prescribed educational requirements and be assessed by CASA as suitable
  • make sure training organisations have a person who is skilled in providing internal training and assessing the competence of RePL instructors.

Replacement of RePL instructor qualification requirements

RePL instructor qualification requirements will be replaced with a requirement for the instructor to:

  • complete suitable internal training and checking
  • be assessed by the CRI.

Other minor amendments

Other minor changes will be included in the MOS to provide clarity and remove ambiguities.

More information

For detailed information on the proposed amendments, please read the Summary of Proposed Change.

Previous consultations

Previous consultations include:

We have also received ministerial support to introduce the CRI position.

Why your views matter

Your feedback will help us make sure:

  • the proposed requirements are suitable
  • the final legislation is clear
  • it will work as intended.

Please submit your comments using the survey link on this page.

If you are unable to provide feedback via the survey link, please email regulatoryconsultation@casa.gov.au

Documents for review

All documents related to this consultation are attached in the ‘Related’ section at the bottom of the overview page. They are:

What happens next

At the end of the consultation period, we will:

  • review all comments received
  • make responses publicly available on the consultation hub (unless you request your submission remain confidential)
  • publish a Summary of Consultation which summarises the feedback received and outlines any intended changes and next steps.

All comments received on the proposed legislation will be considered. Relevant feedback that improves upon the proposed instrument will be incorporated into the final instrument.

Post-implementation review

CASA will monitor and review the new rules during the transition phase and on an ongoing basis. We will also continue work on further changes to the Part 101 regulations to achieve suitable remote pilot instructor qualification outcomes, without affecting the overall standards of RePL instructors.

Give Us Your Views

Audiences

  • Drone operators
  • Drone training organisation
  • Holder of RPAS remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificate (ReOC)
  • Holder of RPAS and remote pilot licence (RePL)
  • VET and tertiary sector organisations providing aviation theory training

Interests

  • Drones/uncrewed aircraft systems