· Assess the operator’s certifications. A drone pilot must have authorisation to operate, this comes in the form of a remote pilot licence (RePL) issued by CASA, allowing individuals to fly for operators, who in turn need to hold an RPA operator's certificate (ReOC). I hold a an Aircraft Radio Operators Licence (AROC).
· Assess for operator’s insurance. Public Liability Insurance for UAV’s is only available to certified operators. Drones under the control of inexperienced pilots can inflict serious injury or damage. It is imperative that your drone operator have the correct insurance. It’s a strong, credible indicator that shows your pilot is professional and reputable.
· Assess that the policies and procedures are in place within the drone operator’s business.
· Check that relevant safety precautions have been undertaken as part of preflight checks. Our pilots also all hold a Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety.