Lesson 6 – Air Legislation

This lesson is aimed at gaining an understanding of the legislatorial factors in the field of aviation, their relevance to operation of unmanned operations, and the key legislation that governs operation in Australia.

This involves:

  • Detail the legislation governing the operation of unmanned aircraft.
  • Mark a position on an aeronautical chart from given latitude/longitude co-ordinates.
  • Use aeronautical documents to conduct desktop assessment of potential UAV operating sites for viability against the conditions of your UAV Controller Certificate.
  • Develop an awareness of the legislation governing the operation of an unmanned aircraft in Australia.

Lesson 5 – Human Factors

This lesson is aimed at gaining an understanding of the impacts of human factors, the relation of these to unmanned operations, and the associated safety precautions.

This involves:

  • Define the terms threat, error, undesired aircraft state and countermeasure.
  • Identify potential threats and errors applicable to UAV operations and propose appropriate countermeasures.
  • State personal safety precautions to be taken when engaged in UAV operations.

Lesson 4 – Aviation Radio

This lesson is aimed at gaining an understanding of the details of using aviation radio, the principles and limitations of this technology, and the legalities and regulations that are associated with it.

This involves:

  • How to state the authorisation granted by, and operating condition associated with, the aeronautical radio operator certificate.
  • How to describe the principles and limitations of VHF and HF radio wave propagation.
  • Using aeronautical documents to select VHF radio frequencies for operations in Class G airspace (i.e. outside controlled airspace).
  • How to make a properly formatted broadcast appropriate to RPAS operations.

Lesson 3 – Mechanical & Electrical Systems

This lesson is aimed at gaining an understanding of the mechanical and electrical systems and components that allow unmanned aircraft to operate.

This involves:

  • Theory of the aerodynamics of propellers.
  • How electric motors operate, and how they are powered.
  • How motor control signals are generated and interpreted.

Reference Material

The following material has been made available as additional reference material to support the other lessons in AVI30316.

Downloading Resources

Aviation Reference Number

An ARN is a customer number unique to you and should be quoted whenever you communicate with CASA.

If you hold a license or permission you will find in most cases that the number on the licence or permission is the ARN belonging to the entity that holds that licence or permission.

The following documentation will be required to complete the application:

  • Australian passport
  • Australian birth certificate
  • Australian citizenship certificate
  • ImmiCard
  • foreign passport.

Applying for an ARN:

  1. Applications can be started by going to the CASA website.
  2. Press the link for “Apply for an individual ARN”.
  3. Press the link for “Apply now on myCASA”.
  4. Sign in to myCASA (or create a new account if you do not have one yet).
  5. Press the link for “Apply for aviation reference number (ARN)”.
  6. Continue through the form submission and submit your application.
  7. Application turn-around time is usually within 48 Hours, depending on the documentation that is required to be checked.

Additional Revision Materials

01 – RBAK – Basic Aviation Knowledge for RPAS

This lesson is aimed at gaining a basic understanding of the principles of aerodynamics, as they apply to unmanned aircraft.

This involves:

  • Understanding the concepts of forces.
  • How they are aerodynamics forces created in different circumstances.
  • How different aircraft designs utilise aerodynamic forces to fly.


On successful completion of the program you will be issued with a CASA approved V-TOL Aerospace RPA Pilot Certificate of Attainment and pilots logbook that will allow you to legally commence your commercial RPA career as an Unmanned Aircraft Pilot.

This course will also provide you with an operational understanding of:

  • The features and use of Ground Control Stations
  • To expose you to an approved procedure for RPA operation
  • To familiarise you with the discipline required for operational logs
  • To operate under company Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s)
  • To provide experience in working within a controlled maintenance system
  • To experience operations within an accredited Operators Certificate

The key program outcomes are:

  • Eligible for the award of a CASA Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC) 
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP) Test (Level 6)
  • An Academy Certificate of Completion for the course
  • The award of a CASA Remote Pilot Certificate (by CASA)
  • Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) training certificate for the Condor Neuron Fixed Wing Aircraft
  • Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) training certificate for a V-TOL Aerospace Multi-Rotor Aircraft
  • An Academy Crew Resource Management Certificate

General Information

Program Structure

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Hours of Instruction
  • Classroom Access
  • Internet
  • Toilets
  • Fire and Emergency
    • Classroom
    • On the flying field
  • USB Memory Sticks
  • Program Structure
  • Course Difficulties

Health & Safety

  • Closed in footwear for both indoor flying and the flying field
  • Sun Protection
    • Sunscreen, long sleeves trousers, hat
    • Sunglasses
  • Hydration
  • First Aid
    • Qualified First Aiders
    • First Aid Kit
  • Electrical Supply
    • Classroom
    • On the flying field

Learning & Training

Training for the Sake of Training!

This program has its origins firmly based in a commercial operation. Nothing has been included in the course because it is ‘nice to know’!

Some basic guidelines:

  • If you have a question – ASK IT WHILE YOU ARE THINKING IT
  • The course has been designed to provide you with the best chance of succeeding. If you experience ANY difficulty or doubt, LET US KNOW.
  • We all bring the ‘baggage’ of our past lives and experience with us. All we ask is for an ‘open mind’.
  • Don’t overthink the situation! A classic example:
    • What is the Basic Principle that allows an aeroplane to fly?

Approaching Questions


The answer may be more simple than you think…

Straight Forward Explanations

It is all too easy to take a simple topic – and make it out to be far more complex than it actually is. This is NOT our goal!

The Required Level of Mathematics

This is not a course about mathematics! We use maths mainly to demonstrate the relationship between entities.

Keeping an ‘Open Mind’

…. or the baggage we bring to the party!

The Problem:
Four Engineers get in a car, but the car wont start.
The Mechanical Engineer says: “It’s a broken starter”
The Electrical Engineer says: “Dead Battery”
The Chemical Engineer says: “Impurities in the fuel”
The IT Engineer says: “Hey guys, I have an idea. How about we all get out of the car and get back in”.
We all process information within our frame of reference – and we need to be aware that in many ways.
What we are about to learn is a new frame of reference!