Effective 1 February 2021, users who operate their UA under the following conditions are required to obtain a UA Pilot Licence (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:
- Pass a theory test* administered by CAAS at the Singapore Aviation Academy. Please click here to book the theory test.
- Pass a practical assessment* conducted by an Authorised Flight Examiner within a UA training and assessment organisation (UATO). Please click here for the list of CAAS-approved UATOs.
- Be at least 16 years old at the point of UAPL application. Please click here to access the Civil Aviation Personnel Licensing System (CAPELS) to apply for a UAPL.
*Users are strongly encouraged to complete a training programme with any CAAS-approved UATOs to acquire the relevant theoretical knowledge and practical experience before attempting the theory test and practical assessment.
Refer to the advisory circular titled “Unmanned Aircraft Pilot Licence” for more information on UAPL Requirements.
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.
If your organisation is interested in conducting UA-related training, please click here.