RPAS Operation Types

Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) create exciting new possibilities for the use of aircraft commercially. Having no requirement for a pilot on board an aircraft means that RPAs can be incredibly small, light and manoeuvrable.

Current Australian CASA certified RPA operators

RPAs can and are being introduced in a broad range professional fields such as the following:

  • Aerial Photography
    • Still and Motion
    • Low Level Filming
    • Broadcast Events (e.g. Sports Matches)
    • Digital 3D Surface Modelling
  • Aerial Spotting
    • Fauna
    • Fire
    • Flood
    • Marine Life
    • Radio Tracking
    • Search and Rescue
  • Aerial Survey
    • Geographic
    • Magnetic
    • Seizmic
    • Spectoral
    • Geochemical Sampling
    • Pipeline Inspection;
    • Power Line Inspection
    • Power pole inspection
    • Mine Site monitoring
    • Property Survey
    • Surveillance
    • Crowd Control
  • Agriculture
    • Seeding
    • Chemical Spraying
    • Solids Application
    • Crop and livestock inspection
  • Dropping
    • Water and Fire Retardant
    • Incendiaries for Forest Ignition
    • Food and Fodder
    • Messages
    • Parachutes – Equipment and Personnel
    • Animal Baiting
    • Cloud Seeding
  • Environmental
    • Oil and Chemical Dispersants
    • Anti-Poaching