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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Plan energy source requirements
  2. Manage energy source system
  3. Refuel/recharge RPAS

Range Statement

Range is restricted to essential operating conditions and any other variables essential to the work environment.

Energy source must include one or more of the following:

battery charger


liquid fuel

other power producing source

other renewable energy

power producing sources that power the on-board systems and thrust producing components of the specific RPAS


Energy source allowances must be made for one or more of the following:

en route and destination meteorological forecasts

fixed energy source reserves

holding requirements

operational tasking requirements

Performance Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements, performance criteria and range of conditions on at least one occasion and include:

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

applying precautions and required action to minimise, control or eliminate identified hazards

applying relevant legislation and workplace procedures

applying relevant safety practices and regulations

calculating energy source allowances, consumption and endurance

communicating effectively with others

completing relevant documentation

identifying and correctly using relevant equipment

identifying applicable grade of fuel/fuel cell/battery for remote pilot aircraft system (RPAS) type

implementing contingency plans

implementing safety precautions during RPA refuelling/recharging

implementing work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) procedures and relevant regulations

interpreting and following operational instructions and prioritising work

maintaining compliance with regulatory requirements

maintaining relevant workplace records

managing operation of RPAS energy source systems

modifying activities depending on workplace contingencies, situations and environments

monitoring and anticipating operational problems and hazards and taking appropriate action

monitoring energy source usage to achieve desired profile, range or endurance following configuration changes

monitoring work activities in terms of planned schedule

operating electronic communications equipment to required protocol

performing energy source quality control checks

planning RPAS energy source requirements

reading, interpreting and following relevant regulations, instructions, procedures, information and signs

recognising deteriorating situations impacting on energy source requirements

reporting and/or rectifying identified problems promptly, in accordance with regulatory requirements and workplace procedures

selecting and using required personal protective equipment conforming to industry and WHS/OHS standards

working collaboratively with others

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

Knowledge Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements, performance criteria and range of conditions and include knowledge of:

aerodynamic, engine and airframe requirements for RPAS to achieve best range and endurance

aeronautical decision-making processes

calculation of conversion between imperial and metric measures

dangers of using the incorrect grade of fuel/fuel cell/battery

effective communication

energy source consumption of RPAS at varying propulsion and systems power settings

energy source principles relating to RPAS

energy source reserve requirement for RPAS

energy source transfer equipment appropriate for the type of RPA and energy source being used

error management, including error types, causes and consequences

factors affecting energy source consumption

hazards that exist when refuelling/recharging RPAS and related hazard control procedures and precautions

in a Defence context, relevant Defence Orders and Instructions

methods of identifying applicable grade of fuel/ fuel cell/battery for RPAS type

mixture leaning or power conservation techniques

operation of the specific RPAS energy source system

principles of RPAS energy source systems

problems that may occur when managing RPAS energy source and appropriate action that should be taken in each case

regulations and procedures for refuelling/recharging RPAS

relevant sections of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations and Civil Aviation Orders

relevant WHS/OHS and environmental procedures and regulations

stress, workload and time pressure management.