Some quick facts to some frequently asked questions to help clear the air.
What is a UAV or RPAS?
UAV stands for ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’ and refers to the platform we use to operate unmanned aerial systems.
Other names include ‘Remotely Piloted Aircraft System’ (RPAS) or as commonly known as a "drone".
Who is CASA?
CASA is the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and governs and regulates all aviation operations in Australia.
Do you need a license to operate an RPAS?
It is a legal requirement and Federal Law for a business to hold a RPAS Operators Certificate issued by CASA ( REOC ) to operate drone’s commercially in Australia above 2kg MTOW. In our experience, we have found that the most reliable aircraft which handle higher wind turbulence for exceptional results are of 3.9kg - 7kg max take off weight. These aircraft also carry the payloads suited for dynamic aerial performance in challenging scenarios.
Any Individual’s controlling the drone must also be individually licensed (Controller Certification 'RePL' and Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate 'AROC' ) by CASA and are engaged under the ReOC of that business.
These licenses ensure high safety standards and compliance are maintained at all times when operating around various airspace categories and area's.
What can I do to protect my business when I need aerial services, data collection and imagery?
Iron Media Aerials are fully licensed to perform premium aerial photography, cinematic video, surveying, air work and comply with all CASA regulations and requirements. Our safety systems and years of OHSE experience enable Iron Media Aerials to perform operations with confidence and reliability you can trust.
Do not risk your business with any non licensed or individual UAV pilot operating commercially without a business ReOC as insurance and safety procedures wouldn't be guaranteed or offered.
Iron Media only employs full-time professionals and individually certified RPAS pilots licensed by CASA, ensuring your peace of mind and getting the job done on time, every time, safely. In an off chance that we need to engage a professional pilot, we follow a strict vetting process which is completed and full service history checked with skills and licensing confirmed.
Are you insured?
Yes. We maintain public liability insurance up to a minimum of $20m Aud.
Does Iron Media Aerials handle the flight approval process for our project with the regulatory organisations?
Yes, all flight approvals are co-ordinated through our pre flight planning system and final flight plans and risk assessments are documented for the appropriate organisation to assess and approve as required by federal laws.
Where are you located and how far do you travel?
We are based in beautiful Wollongong NSW, just 60 minutes south of Sydney and can travel to any location across Australia or worldwide.