Sub-2kg Drone: The “excluded” category for commercial unmanned flight

DroneFlyer 101 – QBE Approved Sub 2kg Workshop      

  • Full Day Training with Flight Time on our Fleet of Phantoms
  • Full QBE Certification for sub 2kg Public Liability Insurance
  • Learn to Fly Before You Buy
  • Be Ready to Turn Your Hobby into a Profession
  • Online Modules and Support
  • Learn the Rules for Safe and Legal Professional Flights:
    • Introduction to the Standard Operating Conditions and Air Law
    • Multi-Rotor Aerodynamics, LiPo batteries

Our next Drone Flyer 101 course dates:

  • Perth
    • Friday 11 January 2019
  • Melbourne
    • Friday 11 January 2019
    • Tuesday 29 January 2019
    • Tuesday 12 February 2019 
    • Tuesday 12 March 2019
  • Brisbane
    • Wednesday 30 January 2019
  • Sydney, Newcastle, Kiama, Adelaide
    • Contact us

Enquire directly for other availability of the DroneFlyer 101 course as dates can be arranged on demand, available in all locations. 


As of 29 September 2016 new rules have come into effect for RPAs under 2kg.

Is your Drone / RPA (eg. DJI Phantom) below 2kg? 

  • There are still strict conditions under which uncertified operators may potentially fly it legally for commercial gain.
  • What are the new conditions?
    • You must only fly during the day and keep your RPA within visual line-of sight.
      • This means being able to visually orientate the drone with the naked eye (prescription spectacles permitted), without the aid of binoculars or telescope or other magnifying devices.
      • You must not fly your RPA higher than 120 metres (400ft) AGL.
    • You must keep your RPA at least 30 metres away from other people.
    • You must keep your RPA at least 5.5km away from controlled aerodromes.
    • You must not fly your RPA over any area where, in the event of a loss of control or failure, you create an unreasonable hazard to the safety of people and property on the ground.
    • You must not fly your RPA over or near an area affecting public safety or where emergency operations are underway (without prior approval).
      • This could include situations such as a car crash, police operations, a fire and associated firefighting efforts, and search and rescue.
    • You can only fly one RPA at a time.
  • Visit the CASA website for further information.

What does this translate to? Real Estate photographers will usually NOT be able to conform with ALL these conditions and will therefore REQUIRE a Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC) which is the CASA certification to operate legally.