If your organisation satisfies all the application requirements you then need to formally register and agree to undertake a UIS Audit conducted by a Certified UIS Auditor. Tier 1 and Tier 2 operators are required to undertake onsite audits – one auditor/ one-half day for Tier 2 and two auditors/two days for Tier 1 operators.
The cost of the audit will depend upon whether your organisation is classified as either Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 operator. The majority of UIS audited RPAS operators will be classified as Tier 2 – that is operating drones less that 150 kg and some providing specialists services beyond the standard CASA restrictions. The basic audit fee for a Tier 2 Audit is $3,500 (+GST). If the operator wishes to nominate additional specialists services – for example, asset inspection, mapping, spraying and seeding, transportation etc – then there is a supplementary fee component of $500 (+GST) to be audited for each of these specialists areas.
The cost of your application fee will be deducted from the Audit fee.
Core Audit Standards :
UIS Standard U612.05B: Operators conducting non ATC communicative VLOS operations must ensure the broadcast strength of radios used to convey of short range periodical messages to alert airspace users is of adequate strength and not subject to shielding.
UIS Standard U11.05: Due to the risk of interference of the C2 datalink the Operator must ensure that there is a means to test or confirm that no harmful RF interference is present prior to and during flight. This requirement also applies to VLOS operations.
UIS Standard A4.05C: If required by the local regulator the C2 datalink is certified for RLOS and BLOS operations.
UIS Standard A9.06A: If approved to conduct flights beyond VLOS (BVLOS) of the remote pilot or RPAS observer, a means to detect and avoid traffic and all other hazards such as hazardous meteorological conditions, terrain and obstacles must be available to the remote pilot. Prior to conducting BVLOS operations, coordination must be effected with the ATC units involved regarding:
a) any operational performance limitations or restrictions unique to the RPA (e.g. unable to perform standard rate turns);
b) any preprogrammed lost C2 datalink flight profile and/or flight termination procedures; and c) direct telephone communication between the RPS and the ATC unit(s) for contingency use, unless otherwise approved by the ATC unit(s) involved.
UIS Standard S6.04E: An RPAS Operator must ensure its personnel are properly qualified and competent to perform their allocated tasks and discharge their responsibilities. Such personnel should have the necessary set of competencies and related knowledge, skills and qualifications to demonstrate they have, commensurate with the scope of their duties in relation to RPAS operations, the requisite:
a) theoretical knowledge;
b) practical skill (including minimum experience requirements); and
c) qualifications (if applicable).
UIS Standard S6.03A: The RPAS operator must have documented training processes that includes, as a minimum, the following items:
a) a program of initial and recurrent training to ensure continuing competence of its personnel;
b) training should be provided to all personnel assigned to, or directly involved in, ground and flight operations; and
c) the processes must ensure that all personnel have demonstrated their competence in their particular duties and are aware of their responsibilities and the relationship of such duties to the operation as a whole (commensurate with the size of the organisation).
UIS Standard SY6.04C: An RPAS operator must establish a system of record-keeping that allows adequate storage and reliable traceability of all activities developed, covering at a minimum:
a) operator’s organisation;
c) personnel training and competence verification;
d) documentation of all management system key processes;
e) maintenance records; and
f) security management records.
Specialist Category Standards :
Asset Inspection :
UIS Standard AS1.04: The Operator must have a training program or assessment process to demonstrate knowledge of the effects of radio frequency(RF) and electro magnetic (EM) radiation interference on RPAS operations.
UIS Standard PH2.04: If the Operator conducts cinematography, then it must ensure at least dual-operators are used whereby the aircraft if piloted separated to the camera operator.
UIS Standard TR3.04: If the Operator conducts transport of dangerous goods, it must attain and retain on file any relevant induction, licensing and/or training requirements specific to the handling of dangerous goods.
Records must be stored in a manner that ensures protection from damage, alteration and theft. Note: Each UIS standard is prefixed with either U (unmanned), A (aircraft), S (systems) or for specialised categories (AS, MO, MA, PH, SP, TR).
RPAS Operator Profile
When you have access to your customised UIS Audit Checklist you then need to:
After application you will also need to nominate principal contact person an UASi will provide details of the assigned Certified UIS Auditor(s). The assigned UIS Auditor and the UIS Program Office (Audit Program Manager) can assist with your audit preparation.