Bob Tait and Mitchell Bannink
Remote Pilot Licence Study Guide
New Edition – April 2022. This book is a study guide designed to prepare students for the CASA RePL Controller Certificate. It contains a full text covering all areas of the syllabus relating to the RePL Controllers Certificate/Remote Pilot License. As each section of the subject is dealt with, you will be presented with exercises in the form of a set of multi-choice questions to test your comprehension of that section. The text occasionally goes beyond the requirements of the syllabus, however the exercises are designed to indicate the level of understanding required by your UAV training school. Each exercise is accompanied by fully explained answers. The book is fully updated with Part 91 and 101 amendments issued in Dec. 2021.
Bob Tait and Mitchell Bannink
About this title
This book is a study guide designed to prepare students for the CASA Remote Pilot Licence. It contains a full text covering all areas of the syllabus relating to the Remote Pilot Licence which was previously know as the UAV Controller Certificate (Pre 29th September 2016). As each section of the subject is dealt with, you will be presented with exercises in the form of a set of multi-choice questions to test your comprehension of that section. The text occasionally goes beyond the requirements of the syllabus, however the exercises are designed to indicate the level of understanding required by your AV training school. Each exercise is accompanied by fully explained answers. If you have a sound understanding of the contents of this book, you will have no trouble performing to the required standard set by your training organisation.
About the Authors
Bob Tait began his aviation career running his Flying School and Charter company (Hinchinbrook Air Services) at Ingham and Innisfail in North Queensland after eight years with the Queensland Education Department. He has held a Grade One Instructor Rating, Command Instrument Rating, Multi Engine Training approval. He has low level aerobatic test and training approval, owned his own Pitts Special and flew helicopters for fun. His aviation theory products have been used throughout Australia and over seas since 1995.
Mitch began his aviation career as a model aircraft pilot at the age of 9, which quickly sparked his enthusiasm for flying. In 2004, Mitch began his commercial aviation career which has seen him fill roles as a Fleet Safety Investigator, Head of Check and Training, and Deputy Chief Pilot.
Mitch continued his love for model aircraft which naturally led him to pursue commercial RPAS interests in 2010. Working with the University of Adelaide, he created a CASA RePL Training course, and implemented fundamental policies supporting research activities utilising drone technology. Training was further expanded to support STEM training programs in high schools, specific law enforcement training, Search and Rescue operations, agricultural fundamentals training, and extension programs for EVLOS, BVLOS and night operations. During the 2019/20 black summer bushfires, Mitch facilitated over 210 drone search and rescue and immediate assessment operations across ACT and NSW. This led to his position as a fundamental partner to the Australian Natonal University Fire Research project.
Mitch has distinguished himself as a commercial videographer, having worked for major producers and production companies across the world – his passion for production still resides in the Australian Ski Resorts.
In 2020 Mitch was appointed as the Chief Remote Pilot of Airspeeder, and obtained certification for the Alauda MK3 to operate commercially, supporting the EXA series. This continues to develop into the first manned racing car.
In 2021 he was awarded the AAUS NextGen Achievement Award (under 35 years old) for his work across industry, and his ongoing support of education across the aviation sector.
Mitch is currently the Chief Remote Pilot for The University of Adelaide, OVRL and The Australian Border Force, Head of Safety for the MAAA, President of the ACTAA, and operates the Airbus A380.