Rheinmetall’s Unmanned Systems Training Academy (RUSTA) is operated by Rheinmetall Technical Publications UK Ltd (RTP UK Ltd), a CAA approved National Qualified Entity (NQE).
RUSTA conducts training of the highest safety standard in the UK for Small Unmanned Air Systems (SUAS) operators that wish to obtain Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) from the CAA.
RUSTA was conceived in 2014 to counter demands for SUAS training requirements due to the exponential growth in the SUAS industry.
Why choose RUSTA?
RUSTA instructors are passionate about flying and safety. When operators come to us they receive advice and training that is second to none.
Our goal is to ensure every Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), drone or SUAS operator can confidently fly within the safety standards and legal requirements set by the CAA.
RUSTA is operated by RTP UK Ltd, a CAA approved National Qualified Entity (NQE) for Small Unmanned Air Systems (SUAS). What does this mean? It means the CAA has the confidence in us to carry out the training and assessment of UAV operators on their behalf. This responsibility is not taken lightly. We give operators the time and attention to ensure they can confidently carry out flight planning exercises, construct a detailed Operations Manual and safely complete a practical UAV flight assessment.
Whether you or your company’s operators need specific UAV flying training, or training in order to obtain a PfCO from the CAA, RUSTA will ensure you get the best service to keep you and your customers safe.
What’s different about RUSTA?
Our team of experienced UAV instructors and assessors are all from ex-military Aircrew Instructional backgrounds, and they love what they do! After completing classroom training candidates leave feeling motivated and empowered to use their UAVs professionally for commercial gain. This is what motivates us to continuously improve and make the experience as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
No previous UAV flying experience is necessary before joining one of our courses and we enjoy answering all questions presented by candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Why do I need permission from the CAA?
Since 2013 the SUAS industry has taken off. The CAA has recognised that in order for this industry to continue its momentum, operators need to be trained safely by qualified and trusted organisations. Through issuing permissions, the CAA can ensure pilots have the appropriate qualifications before carrying out commercial UAV work.
The CAA has currently issued over 1,400 Permissions for Aerial Work in the UK and this growth is set to increase as the technology evolves. See the latest CAA list of companies and operators who have received Permission for Aerial Work at www.caa.co.uk.
Other interesting facts about RUSTA
RUSTA is operated by Rheinmetall Technical Publications UK Ltd (RTP UK Ltd).
RTP UK Ltd is a well-established provider of support services to the defence, aerospace and commercial sectors.
RTP UK Ltd operates from secure premises in Bristol and Blackpool with the RUSTA head office located in Bristol.
RTP UK Ltd holds certifications for AS 9100:2009, ISO 9001:2008 and is a FATS D&E supplier to the UK MOD.
RTP UK Ltd provides ILS and Engineering Services, Technical Documentation and Training Solutions to its large client base around the world.