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

DroneFlyer 101 Sub 2kg Workshop


  • A Day of Training with Flight Time on our Fleet of Phantoms
  • Full QBE Certification for sub 2 kg 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

As of 29 September, 2016 new rules came into effect for RPAs under 2kg.

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

There are still strict conditions (Standard Operating Conditions – SOC) under which uncertified operators may potentially fly it legally for commercial gain.

What are the new conditions?

    • You should 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 are not permitted not fly your RPA higher than 120 metres (400ft) AGL.
    • You have to keep your RPA at least 30 metres away from other people.
    • You have to keep your RPA at least 5.5 km away from controlled aerodromes.
    • You are not permitted 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 are not permitted 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.

Our next Drone Flyer 101 course dates:

  • Perth
    • Wednesday 11 December
  • Melbourne
    • Wednesday 29 January
  • Brisbane
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  • Kiama
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  • Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide
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Needing other dates? We do courses for groups too! Enquire directly as dates can be arranged for groups if requested.

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