Course Duration

2 - 3 days

Course Price

On application

Course Overview

Powered lift is a category of RPAS operations that is fast becoming the norm in commercial RPAS applications. 

These platforms play an important role in RPAS operations. Beginning each flight as a multirotor before transitioning to fixed wing flight, powered lift drones are particularly useful for long distance and duration flights. Powered lift drones are commonly used in industries such as forestry, mining, surveying, agriculture and coastal patrol.

Conducted over 2 to 3 days, our powered lift training course allows you to build on your existing RePL qualification. Upon successful completion of the course, UAV Training Australia can upgrade your existing RePL to show that you are VTOL approved. To ensure we are providing all the skills and knowledge you need, the course focuses on a range of powered lift platforms. Training includes theory elements on how VTOL platforms operate, mission planning and how the aircraft transition from multirotor to fixed wing flight. Students will gain a minimum of 4 hours of hands-on flight training with our powered lift platforms to develop practical flight experience.

UAV Training Australia provides courses for both Sub 7kg and Sub 25kg powered lift licence categories.

Aircraft you will use:  

We believe that students should have the opportunity to learn on various aircraft. We use real powered lift drones – not foam imitations. UAV Training Australia will provide a range of powered lift aircraft for you to use during your training.


Students must hold a current RePL in the same weight category that you wish to gain your powered lift endorsement. So, if you want to gain a Sub 25kg powered lift endorsement, you must hold a Sub 25kg RePL.

If you don’t already hold your RePL then you will need to complete one of our drone training courses beforehand. If you’re unsure which course you need, feel free to contact our training consultants and ask for their help. We are always happy to figure out which courses suit your goals and provide a training package that can help get you there.

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What is VTOL Drone Training

Traditional multirotor drones have found a home in dozens of industries across the world. However, while multirotors are highly suited for some purposes, fixed wing Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) can typically cover larger areas faster and more efficiently.

The only real challenge associated with fixed wing drones is that they require clean takeoff and landing areas. That means fixed wing RPAS are difficult to operate in dense environments such as heavily forested or populated areas. powered lift platforms solve this problem. With the ability to takeoff and land vertically, powered lift RPAS can be launched and retrieved in the same amount of space required by traditional multirotor drones.

That means fixed wing powered lift RPAS combine the best of both worlds. They’re as easy to deploy and retrieve as multirotor drones, but they can cover much larger areas more quickly and efficiently. While powered lift RPAS aren’t a replacement for multirotor platforms, operators can use the two systems together to perform almost any task.

CASA Approved powered lift and VTOL Drone Courses

UAV Training Australia works closely with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to ensure we are delivering safe, relevant drone training to our students. We maintain a Remote Operators Certificate (ReOC.0872) which authorises us as a CASA approved Training Organisation. That means we can issue our students with their Remote Pilots Licence (RePL) upon successful completion of our powered lift training courses. With options for both Sub 7kg and Sub 25kg powered lift endorsements, we can provide CASA approved training that covers a wide range of the industry’s favourite powered lift platforms.

Expand Your Career with powered lift Training

For drone pilots in a range of mining, forestry, surveying and agriculture applications, the ability to operate both multirotor and powered lift drone platforms is invaluable. As the industry’s technology evolves, offering efficient and convenient solutions to your clients becomes more important. Investing in a powered lift training course from UAV Training Australia allows you to gain experience on a range of drone platforms and expand your career prospects with powered lift endorsements.

We are happy to work with pilots of all skill levels. Whether you are just getting started or simply want to develop your skill set, we can tailor a powered lift training package to suit your goals. If you don’t hold a current RePL then you will need to explore our drone licensing courses before undertaking powered lift training. Talk to our training consultants if you have any questions about the prerequisites for obtaining your powered lift endorsement.

Not sure what drone course you need?

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