UA Pilot Licence (UAPL)
Effective 1 February 2021, users who operate their UA under the following conditions are required to obtain a UA Pilot Licence (UAPL):
- For commercial purpose, or for a purpose that is neither recreational nor educational, regardless of the UA weight; or
- For either recreational or educational purpose and with a UA of total weight exceeding 7kg.
To qualify for the application of a UAPL, the user must:
1. Pass a theory test* administered by CAAS at the Singapore Aviation Academy.
2. Pass a practical assessment* conducted by an Authorised Flight Examiner within a UA training and assessment organisation (UATO).
3. Be at least 16 years old at the point of UAPL application.
Users who fail to comply with the UAPL requirements could face a fine of up to $50,000, or imprisonment not exceeding 2 years, or both for a first offence and up to $100,000, or imprisonment not exceeding 5 years, or both for a second or subsequent offence. In addition, users who fail to produce a valid UA Basic Training certificate, UAPL, activity or operator permit during the verification checks by CAAS enforcement officers could face a fine up to $20,000 for a first offence, and a fine of up to $40,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 15 months, or both for a second or subsequent offence.
Unmanned Aircraft Training Organisation (UATO)
UATO is the training organisation for unmanned aircraft (UA) that provides unmanned aircraft pilot licence (UAPL) training as well as UAPL assessments and proficiency checks. UATO will be authorised to conduct practical assessments on behalf of CAAS by an Authorise Flight Examiner AFE (UA) nominated by the UATO, specified under Part 4 of the Air Navigation (101 – Unmanned Aircraft Operations) Regulations. Apollo Drones Academy is a CAAS Approved Unmanned Aircraft Training and Assessment Organisation in Singapore.