When reading the news, you may have noticed a few things being thrown around when it comes to RPAS. This like “The industry has been de-regulated” or “You can now do what you want if your machine is less than 2kg“. You may have even heard of the words “Excluded Category”, but what does that mean exactly?


In most cases, the media is referring to the Excluded Category of operations. These operations have had a number of the licenses and permissions removed allowing you to conduct operations more easily and quickly. There are a few catches that are not explained very well, like access to insurance, or getting any direct remuneration, or flying where ever you want.


Within the current Australian Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (as of February 2018) there is a section that sets forth the meaning of an excluded category, below is an section taken from the regulations:


Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 101.237 - Meaning of Excluded RPA


With in this section, the regulations call upon various sizes of platforms (micro, small, and medium), various activities as well as if it is for commercial (or commercial like) or recreational activities. It all gets quiet complex and difficult to read through. But we have a few easy to understand examples that will help you get a grasp of what you can do in the excluded category.


We will do a series of posts exploring each of the different classifications of Excluded Category that are out there as well as the traps that lie for anyone that is wanting to operate in this area. to fully understand what the Excluded category operations are, you also need to understand the Standard Operating Conditions that are associated with them.