The Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility is Australia’s leading University-based drone operator training and education provider.

Known as the University of Adelaide’s ‘drone hub’, we offer several short courses and training opportunities for drone users. Our commercial drone course leads to the award of a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA). 

We work alongside researchers, students, natural resource managers and industry partners throughout South Australia to provide research and consultancy services and customised training solutions.

Researchers at URAF use drones and other emerging technologies for a wide range of environmental and agricultural applications.

The University of Adelaide is the first university in Australia to be a civil aviation-certified training facility for drones, also known as unmanned aircraft or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

Flying on campus

Learn about how you can fly a drone on a University of Adelaide campus.


Meet the team of pilots, instructors and researchers at the Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility.