Soon after finishing your training (or potentially during your training), you probably will ask yourself if you need to apply for an ReOC. This is a complex issue and will depend on a number of factors:
- Type and size of platform to be operated;
- Any Non-standard operations that you may want to conduct;
- The level of insurance you wish to have access to;
- Do you have more than one person in your organisation that needs to fly;
- Who holds the responsibility of the operations;
For instance, if you are only going to be operating a small DJI Phantom primarily for real-estate photography and videography, there is a good chance that you do not need an ReOC. However, if you are planning on conducting operations with a higher end machine and camera such as a DJI Inspire with X7 camera or Matrice 600 with a full frame camera, you will require the ReOC as these weigh in more than 2kg.
If you plan on flying within standard operating conditions for RPAS operations, then you may not require an ReOC (providing that the machine is less than 2kg). If you do gain an ReOC, the standard operating conditions will still apply, but you have the ability to apply for instruments and exemptions.
Maybe you are wanting to do some more advance operations, such as flying at night time, or in close proximity to aerodromes. In both of these instances, you will require an ReOC as you will be operating outside the standard operating conditions. In addition, you will be require to make applications to CASA to receive an instrument or exemption.
What happens if you have more than 1 person that is flying? How do you know that both are at the same level, and both are able to provide your clients with the required level of service? An ReOC won’t tackle all aspects such as the quality of your deliverables, but it will give you the ability to know that all operations are conducted with the same set of procedures being followed. This will also remove any uncertainty over who, or what department is responsible for the operations safety and ultimately the liability of the operations.
There are other additional areas that may require you to have an ReOC, such as if you wish to get high levels of insurance, or operate in some national or state parks/forests. At the end of the day, the ReOC will give you the ability to say that you meet the minimum requirements that our regulator has set for an operator. So even if you do not need the ReOC now, you may need it for your next job!
The questions of do I need an ReOC, is usually answered Yes! As it will also give you a solid foundation for your operations to be conducted consistently, safely, and provide you with everything you need to ensure that you are a proficient operator.
Continue reading about how to apply for an ReOC.