AVI Remotely Piloted Aircraft - Excluded Category Operations
A new Unit of Competency to be housed in a new single unit Skill Set to address a gap in nationally recognised skills and knowledge for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) operators in the excluded category has been proposed by the Aviation IRC.
The Unit of Competency will address basic skills and knowledge requirements of RPA excluded category operators to ensure they can fly safely and ethically within the legislative and regulatory requirements. The new unit will be suitable for contextualisation across multiple industries in a variety of operating environments and for recreational users where a licence is not required.
The Aviation IRC will have oversight of this project, which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) in consultation with industry stakeholders. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed to provide subject matter expertise for the development of Training Package materials.
18 AUGUST 2020
AVIATION CASE FOR CHANGE
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has approved this project to proceed to training package development. The Aviation IRC will be calling for expressions of interest to be part of a TAC to develop this material in the coming weeks.
9 JUNE 2020
AVIATION CASE FOR CHANGE
The Aviation Industry Reference Committee has developed a draft Case for Change to the Aviation Training Package for the development of a new Skill Set and Unit of Competency relating to Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) excluded category operators and is seeking public feedback.
The feedback period closed on Wednesday, 24 June 2020.
- One new Unit of Competency: AVIY0099Y Pilot a drone where a licence is not required
- One new Skill Set: AVISS00099Y RPA Excluded Category Operator Skill Set
Technical advisory committee
27 AUGUST 2020
INDUSTRY SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS NEEDED
Work on this project has commenced and the Aviation IRC is forming a TAC.
Your industry expertise and insight is welcome to help review and develop Training Package materials to address basic skills and knowledge requirements of RPA excluded category operators to ensure they can fly safely and ethically within the legislative and regulatory requirements.
It is critical that the Aviation IRC rapidly develop endorsed Training Package material for RPA excluded category operation that can be contextualised for delivery for multiple industry sectors in a variety of environments to address the safety concerns associated with increased usage during COVID-19, and importantly, endorsed in time for delivery to emergency service personnel to support fire and emergency aviation tasks during the next bushfire season. Timeframes for consultation and development have been optimised to allow for submission of the Case for Endorsement by the end of 2020.
TAC nominations closed on Friday, 4 September 2020.
22 SEPTEMBER 2020
The TAC has drafted materials for this project and would like your feedback.
Feedback on draft materials closed on Tuesday, 6 October 2020.
Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.
26 NOVEMBER 2020
FINAL DRAFT CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT
The draft materials have undergone independent edit and quality assurance.
The Case for Endorsement is scheduled to be submitted to the AISC in December 2020.
11 NOVEMBER 2020
The Remotely Piloted Aircraft Excluded Category Operations TAC has completed development work on the draft materials following the second round of public consultation.
The feedback centred on checking the operational sequence of the performance criteria and adding the new Unit of Competency AVIY0028 Operate remotely piloted aircraft in excluded category sub 2kg operations to two Aviation Cert II qualifications to facilitate portability across multiple industries.
The TAC also responded to industry feedback by specifying an appropriate level of practical assessment in the draft unit.
The products will now go through an independent edit and quality assurance review.
The draft materials are expected to be submitted to the AISC by December 2020 for their consideration.
14 October 2020
FINAL DRAFT MATERIAL
The TAC has considered all stakeholder feedback and is now seeking validation of final draft materials.
Feedback on draft materials closed on Wednesday, 28 October 2020 for consideration by the TAC.
Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting in early November.
16 APRIL 2021
The Aviation Training Package (Release 8.0) has been endorsed by the Skills Ministers for implementation.
The Aviation Industry Reference Committee, with the support of its Technical Advisory Committee, has developed a new Skill Set and Unit of Competency to address skill needs for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) operations in the excluded category sub-2kg.
The new materials establish the skills and knowledge requirements of RPA excluded category operators to ensure they can fly safely and ethically within legislative and regulatory requirements. The new unit is available for contextualisation across multiple industries in a variety of operating environments and for recreational users where a licence is not required.
To support the delivery of the Training Package, a Companion Volume Implementation Guide (CVIG) has been updated to assist assessors, trainers, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and enterprises. The CVIG contains a comprehensive list of all products in the Training Package; a link to mapping information which details the changes that have been made to the materials; regulation and licensing implications; and useful links to other information.
The approved Aviation Training Package (Release 8.0) is now available on training.gov.au
The following materials were approved:
AVISS00080 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operations in Excluded Category Sub-2 kg Skill Set
AVIY0028 Operate remotely piloted aircraft in excluded category sub-2 kg operations
3 MARCH 2021
At its meeting on 23 February 2021 the AISC approved the Aviation Training Package (Release 8.0) for referral to the Skills Ministers for endorsement.
For more information on this project, please contact the Industry Skills Manager.
5 JANUARY 2021
CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT SUBMITTED TO AISC
The Aviation Industry Reference Committee has submitted the Case for Endorsement and draft Training Package materials to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for consideration at its meeting in February 2021.
If approved, this Case for Endorsement will result in:
· One new Skill Set, AVISS00080 Operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft in Excluded Category Sub-2 kg Operations
· One new Unit of Competency, AVIY0028 Operate remotely piloted aircraft in excluded category sub-2 kg operations
· AVI20119 Certificate II in Aviation (Flight Operations-Cargo Services)
· AVI20219 Certificate II in Aviation (Ground Operations and Services)
Thank you to all stakeholders who provided valuable feedback and contributed to this project.
Industry Skills Manager - Aviation, Corrections, Defence and Public Safety