The number Unmanned Aerial Systems is growing every year and the trend is not going to stop anytime soon. Check out a bit of history of UAV here.

Hobbyists can now have access to wide range of ready to fly platforms from fix wing, to single or multi-rotors systems from all around the world. With some skills in mechanic and electronic it is also possible to build UAVs from scratch and fast growing communities such as http://diydrones.com/ give all the knowledge and interaction tools necessary to support the development of home-made UAVs.

There is no certification required to fly a UAV as a hobby in Australia but as soon as money is involved, it is a legal requirement for the UAV operator to hold a UAS Operator’s Certificate granted by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Check out what is the difference between unmanned aircraft systems and model aircraft here.

Due to a growing number of illegal UAV Operators present in the Australian market, an official list of certified UAV operators has been made publicly available and any businesses engaging an UAV operator can now check their certification details and should request these details prior to commencing any work.

Company

ARN

Number

Town/City

State

Operations

Advanced
UAV

810647

1-SOU2L

Sunshine
Coast

QLD

Aerial
photography,  aerial survey

Aerial
Photography Specialists

780525

1-ARQTH

Adelaide

SA

Aerial
photography, aerial spotting, aerial survey, powerline

Aerial
Pix

788525

1-EQ76X

Gold
Coast

QLD

Aerial
photography, aerial spotting, aerial survey, powerline

Aerometrex Pty Ltd

811080

1-UZCA9

Adelaide

SA

Aerial
survey

Aerosonde

585156

VT585156-U

Melbourne

VIC

Aerial
photography, aerial spotting, aerial survey, powerline

Air
Affairs

585771

1-B80CB

Nowra

NSW

Aerial
photography, target drone

Airship
Solutions

598006

VT598006-U

Melbourne

VIC

Aerial
photography, aerial advertising, aerial survey

Autonomous
Imaging Technologies Pty Ltd

812226

1-TOTFP

Perth

WA

Aerial
surveying, aerial photography

Avitus

785840

1-CX6SW

Adelaide

SA

Aerial
photography, aerial advertising, aerial spotting, aerial survey, powerline

Chervenko, Matthew  T/A Eyerex
Solutions

586017

S586017-U

Sydney

NSW

Aerial
photography,  aerial survey

Scott,
Timothy T/A Chopper Cam

439146

1-FLC2E

Launceston

TAS

Aerial
photography

Coptercam

810645

1-S2B7U1

Perth

WA

Aerial
photography

Cyber
Tech

787686

1-ENUAW

Perth

WA

Aerial
photography, aerial spotting, aerial survey, powerline
inspection, ‘type’ training

Electrical
Resource Providers Pty Ltd

813658

1-TPC4X

Golden
Square

VIC

Aerial
surveying, powerline inspection, aerial photography

Topping,
James T/A Equinoxair

565392

W565392-U

Mount
Barker

WA

Aerial
photography

Flight
Data Systems

568802

1-ORTCI

Melbourne

VIC

Type
conversion training

Heli Guy PTY. LTD.

810057

1-S8BP9

Rose
Bay

NSW

Aerial
photography

Helimetrex

599747

SQ599747-U

Brisbane

QLD

Aerial
photography,  aerial survey

Land
Surveys No Problems Just Solutions Pty Ltd

815304

1-URV83

Perth

WA

Aerial
surveying, aerial photography

Insitu Pacific

787789

1-FLC0X

Brisbane

QLD

Aerial
photography, aerial spotting, aerial survey, powerline,
type conversion training

Matthew
Nicholas CHANG & Peter Milan MARUNCIC T/A Rotor Works Aerospace

814232

1-UTVJ9

Sydney

NSW

Aerial
photography

State
of Victoria – Melbourne Metro Fire & Emergency Services Board

814048

1-UN53C

Melbourne

VIC

Aerial
spotting, aerial photography

Ultimate
Positioning Group Pty Ltd

814253

1-TYDEV

Clayton

VIC

Aerial
surveying, aerial photography

Urban
Hawk PTY LTD

814746

1-UCL03

Tullimbar

NSW

Aerial
photography

Urli, Joseph T/A UAV Systems

586729

1-41BXV

Brisbane

QLD

Aerial
photography,  aerial survey

V-TOL
Aerospace Pty Limited T/A UAV Flight Services

750709

1-31RFZ

Brisbane

QLD

Aerial
photography, aerial advertising, aerial spotting, aerial survey, powerline, surveillance

Yamaha
Motor Australia Pty Ltd

805530

1-P2WJY

Sydney

NSW

Aerial
surveying, aerial spotting, aerial photography, agricultural operations

The official list of UAV Certified operator can be found on the CASA website.