Assessor Resource

Control remote pilot aircraft (RPA) on the ground

Assessment tool

Version 1.0
Issue Date: April 2019

Work must be carried out in compliance with the relevant licence and aircraft rating requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and/or ADF; airspace control requirements and Day Visual Flight Rules (Day VFR); and aircraft control principles, regulations, safety codes, protocols and procedures relating to controlling an aircraft on the ground.

Operations are conducted as part of commercial or military aircraft activities across a variety of operational contexts within the Australian aviation industry.

Use for ADF Aviation is to be in accordance with relevant Defence Orders and Instructions and applicable CASA compliance.

Work is performed under limited supervision.

This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to control a remote pilot aircraft (RPA) on the ground including starting and stopping an aircraft engine, fulfilling all required safety requirements, and if required, performing pre-taxi functions and manoeuvring the aircraft on the ground without incident. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements are applicable to this unit.

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Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Evidence Required

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The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required knowledge and skills, the range statement and the assessment guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria of this unit and include demonstration of applying:

the underpinning knowledge and skills

relevant legislation and workplace procedures

other relevant aspects of the range statement

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Performance is demonstrated consistently over a period of time and in a suitable range of contexts

Resources for assessment include:

a range of relevant exercises, case studies and/or other simulated practical and knowledge assessment, and/or

access to an appropriate range of relevant operational situations in the workplace

In both real and simulated environments, access is required to:

relevant and appropriate materials and equipment, and

applicable documentation including workplace procedures, regulations, codes of practice and operation manuals

Method of assessment

Assessment of this unit must be undertaken by a registered training organisation

As a minimum, assessment of knowledge must be conducted through appropriate written/oral tests

Practical assessment must occur:

through activities in an appropriately simulated environment at the registered training organisation, and/or

in an appropriate range of situations in the workplace

Submission Requirements

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Assessment Tasks

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This describes the essential knowledge and skills and their level required for this unit.

Required knowledge:

Relevant sections of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations and Civil Aviation Orders

In Defence context, relevant Defence Orders and Instructions

Relevant OH&S and environmental procedures and regulations

Relevant aircraft/equipment characteristics

On-ground control procedures as applicable

Relevant sections of the Flight Manual/POH

Aircraft type recognition

Required skills:

Control a RPA on the ground in accordance with Flight Manual/POH

Control and manage emergencies

Manoeuvre RPA on the ground without incident

Perform various on-ground functions simultaneously as required

Comply with regulatory requirements and local air traffic control instructions where applicable

Interpret and communicate operational information

Select and use relevant equipment

Use instruments to monitor aircraft performance

Communicate effectively with others when controlling a RPA on the ground

Read and interpret instructions, regulations, procedures and other information relevant to controlling a RPA on the ground

Interpret and follow operational instructions and prioritise work

Complete documentation related to controlling a RPA on the ground

Operate electronic communication equipment to required protocol

Work collaboratively with others when controlling RPA on the ground

Adapt appropriately to cultural differences in the workplace, including modes of behaviour and interactions with others

Promptly report and/or rectify any identified problems that may occur when controlling a RPA on the ground in accordance with regulatory requirements and workplace procedures

Implement contingency plans for unexpected events that may arise when controlling a RPA on the ground

Apply precautions and required action to minimise, control or eliminate hazards that may exist when controlling a RPA on the ground

Monitor and anticipate operational problems and hazards and take appropriate action

Monitor work activities in terms of planned schedule

Modify activities dependent on differing workplace contingencies, situations and environments

Work systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self or others, or damage to goods or equipment

Adapt to differences in equipment and operating environment in accordance with standard operating procedures

Select and use required personal protective equipment conforming to industry and OH&S standards

Implement OH&S procedures and relevant regulations

Identify and correctly use equipment required when controlling a RPA on the ground

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance.

Tasks must be undertaken in:

variable weather conditions in accordance with Day Visual Flight Rules

Performance may be demonstrated in:

single engine aircraft

multi engine aircraft

variable air traffic conditions

variable weather conditions

variable ground traffic conditions

abnormal situations

Performance may be demonstrated on an aircraft with:

fully functioning dual controls

an electronic intercom system

(if propeller-driven) a constant speed propeller

Aircraft may include:

Remotely Piloted Aircraft/Unmanned aircraft

Crew may include:

Remote Pilot


Instruments may be:

fitted flight instruments

head up displays

Limitations may be imposed by:

local noise abatement requirements and curfews

airspace endorsements

Classes of airspace may be:

in Class G airspace as designated by the regulator and may be in:

restricted and danger areas

military control zones

Surfaces may include:




Dependent on the type of organisation concerned and the local terminology used, workplace procedures may include:

company procedures

enterprise procedures

organisational procedures

established procedures

standard operating procedures

Information/documents may include:

relevant sections of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations and Civil Aviation Orders pertaining to the control of aircraft on the ground including Day Visual Flight Rules (Day VFR)

in Defence context, relevant Defence Orders and Instructions

Flight Manual/Pilot's Operating Handbook (POH)

Manual of Standards - Pilot Licensing (MOS-PL)

operations manuals

approved checklists

workplace procedures and instructions and job specification

induction and training materials

conditions of service, legislation and industrial agreements including workplace agreements and awards

Applicable regulations and legislation may include:

relevant Civil Aviation Safety Regulations and Civil Aviation Orders

in ADF context, relevant Defence Orders and Instructions

relevant state/territory OH&S legislation

relevant state/territory environmental protection legislation

relevant Australian Standards

Performance includes tolerances specified in either of:

relevant licence and aircraft rating requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) such as:

Manual of Standards

relevant Defence documentation such as:

Defence Orders and Instructions

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Observation Checklist

Tasks to be observed according to workplace/college/TAFE policy and procedures, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice Yes No Comments/feedback
Pre-start and after-start checks are completed in accordance with Flight Manual/POH 
Engine is started and shut down in accordance with Flight Manual/POH 
Emergencies are managed in accordance with Flight Manual/POH and regulatory requirements 
Pre-and after shutdown checks are completed in accordance with Flight Manual/POH 
Manufacturers limitations and report deviations are complied with as appropriate 
Aircraft is positioned to ensure safety when starting engine 
ATIS reports and taxi clearance are obtained where applicable 
Aircraft is taxied at a safe speed and in accordance with prevailing location, traffic, surface and weather conditions 
Instrument checks are performed clear of conflicting traffic and other hazards to confirm serviceability 
Handling and braking on the ground is in accordance with Flight Manual/POH 
Airfield markings/lights/signals/indicators, where appropriate, are interpreted and complied with 
Lookout and right-of-way rules are complied with when applicable 
Adverse effects on other aircrafts, facilities and personnel is avoided 
Inspection of taxi path is carried out when surface conditions are obscured 


Assessment Cover Sheet

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