Note: Application for Unmanned Aircraft Pilot Licence starts on 1 March 2020.
The Unmanned Aircraft Pilot Licence (UAPL) ensures that the holder meet the minimum competency for the safe operation of unmanned aircraft (UA) and enables him to fly a UA of a specific class and category.
Users who operate their UA under the following conditions are required to obtain an UAPL:
- For commercial purpose, or for a purpose that is neither recreational nor educational, regardless of the UA weight; or
- For either recreational or educational purpose and with a UA of total weight exceeding 7kg.
To qualify for the application of a UAPL, the user must:
- first pass a theory test administered by CAAS; and
- then pass a practical assessment conducted by an Authorised Flight Examiner within a UA training and assessment organisation (UATO); and
- be at least 16 years old at application.
Users may attend classes conducted by a UATO to prepare for the theory test and practical assessment. The list of UATOs will be published here when available.
In addition, users are required to undergo a proficiency check once every four years after obtaining their UAPL.
From 1 June 2020, it will be an offence to operate any weight of UA for commercial purposes or a UA of total weight exceeding 7kg for recreational or educational purposes without a valid UAPL.
Users who fail to comply with the UAPL requirements could face a fine of up to $50,000, or imprisonment not exceeding 2 years, or both for a first offence and up to $100,000, or imprisonment not exceeding 5 years, or both for a second or subsequent offence. In addition, users who fail to produce a valid UA Basic Training certificate, UAPL, activity or operator permit during the verification checks by CAAS enforcement officers could face a fine up to $20,000 for a first offence, and a fine of up to $40,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 15 months, or both for a second or subsequent offence.
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