In its 10th year of operation, SMGS’ School of Aviation is proud to announce the addition of the Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) Course (Quadcopter Drone). The course joins a stellar line-up of options boasted by our award-winning Academies of Excellence program in Term 4 this year.

The School of Aviation, a winner of The Educator Magazine 2017 Innovative Schools award, has partnered with Australia’s leading drone training school, ‘FPV Australia’, to oversee the program, provide quality control and to carry out the assessment activities.

Over the last five years, the use of drone technology has grown exponentially, with the RePL quickly becoming an essential skill-set across many industries. John Fleming of FPV Australia expanded on this sentiment, saying, “The industry is booming in such a way that jobs will be around that we don’t know will exist yet, but at the moment, some of the growing fields are: surveying, ground-mapping, geo-referencing, aerial photography, search and rescue, law enforcement, and anything where it is much easier and safer to put a camera in the air than a human. It is a very exciting time and we are only just starting to see the career opportunities that an RePL will provide.”

The course is delivered over a six-month period and is designed for students who wish to qualify for an RePL. The course is split between theory and flying training, with SMGS delivering the theory component. On completion of the course and successful licence examination, students will obtain a commercial licence issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

Head of the School of Aviation, Mr Phil Ryrie, is excited about the trajectory of the program, saying, “SMGS strives to enable our students, as well-rounded members of the community, to thrive in a modern world, armed with broad knowledge and 21st century capabilities. The addition of the RePL program is another step in ensuring we are equipping our students with the skills required to be successful in the workforce of the future.”

If you would like to know more about the RePL course, we encourage you to contact our Registrar on or 02 6457 1022.

More information will be provided on the SMGS website next week, so please visit soon.