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Classification of airspace

In Australia, there are two major types of airspace: controlled, and uncontrolled. Controlled airspace in Australia is actively monitored and managed by air traffic controllers. To enter controlled airspace, an …

Standard Operating Conditions (SoCs)

All operations under the excluded category must be undertaken in accordance with the CASA Standard Operating Conditions (SOC’s). The SOC’s also apply to operations conducted under a ReOC unless the …

General Airmanship

The term ‘Human Factors’ refers to the application of scientific knowledge, mostly from the human sciences of psychology, anthropology, physiology and medicine, to the design, construction, operation, management and maintenance …

Situational awareness during RPA operations

While it is true that an RPA shares many similarities with manned aircraft, the most critical difference is the insertion of an unnatural break between the pilot and the aircraft. …

Decision-making

There are several important factors that influence decision making. Significant factors include past experiences, a variety of cognitive biases, an escalation of commitment and sunk outcomes, individual differences, including age …

Batteries

The vast majority of drones are powered by Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries. These can be dangerous if mishandled and this topic gives you an overview of the safe management of …

Who are CASA?

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is the Australian national aviation authority, the government statutory authority responsible for the regulation of civil aviation. It is responsible to the Minister of …

Drone jargon unpacked

The world of drones and aviation comes along with a wide range of terminology commonly referred to simply with acronyms. Below we have unpacked some of the most common that …

Aviation legislation and information

Aviation is governed by a series of laws and regulations. It is critically important that you know what these are and how to access them. You will need to make …

Common mistakes in drone integration

While the adoption of new technologies can create excitement about the great potential they hold, this excitement can itself lead to overly hasty adoption without a framework of systems in …

How to get the most out of the course

Whether you’re learning online for the first time, or you’re new to FutureLearn, the following tips will help you get the most out of your course. Travelling through the course …

What is a drone?

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s official term to refer to a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft). A Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) is a type …