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  1. Hello, I am Rusty, from Austria and right now at the end of my South African commercial helicopter pilots license (from the theoretical part). Since a good half year, the UAV sector is giving me headaches according to a lot of job conflicts with the future, specially for chopper pilots, thats why I am very interested in doing the UAV license now too. I am already holder of the private pilot license for helicopters and as mentioned right before my hour building for my commercial license, the hardest part the theory is already done. But getting more and more involved in the topic UAV´s, rationally thinking, it makes more and more sense to put a pilot in a cockpit on ground instead of in the aircraft. For pilots its hard to accept this and a lot of excuses would be found, but honestly I have to say that this is the future. Of course to get this development into passenger flights would take longer, but cargo and all the other non pax flights could happen fast. With pax it´s only a mindset thing, where already my generation in the 30s say, they dont care if there is a pilot in front of the cockpit or not as long as there is someone, somewhere supervising and in charge of the flight. So I got a few questions where someone maybe here might help me, because out of the authorities I am not getting smarter. 1.) is there a benefit of having already an existing pilot license, when gaining an UAV license? If yes, is there more benefit from a license higher then private pilot license? 2.) would there be a special license for UAV´s >55lbs (or in a few countries >300lbs) and BVLOS or are these additional ratings on top of the existing UAV license? 3.) would there be a special license for UAV-kits which turns real aircrafts into remoteable controlled aircrafts, or would this be again another kind of rating? Appreciate your feedback! Thanks, Rusty