The Human Element

At RUSTA we often get asked what is the most hazardous part of flying a UAV. Most candidates are worried about a technical malfunction, inclement unexpected weather or perhaps even the risk of colliding with a bird.

They are often surprised when we point out that the answer is simply you………The Human Element. Most incidents in aviation can be attributed, in some way, to the behaviour or the actions of the crew.

The same human element dangers and risks are omnipresent and, in some cases, enhanced in Unmanned Aviation, which is why at RUSTA we introduce candidates to Human Factors.  At the end of the course candidates would have been taught to adopt procedures, which will help them, recognise their shortcomings and will improve their performance after every flight.

 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure” Colin Powell.

Mitie candidates flying high after completing RUSTA theory course

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Bristol, UK – 31th June 2016

Mitie, the large national strategic outsourcing and energy services company, has completed the first round of Remote Pilot Certificate Theory training for 11 of its employees with RUSTA.

The 11 candidates were predominantly from the Mitie commercial pest control services area and are planning to use drones and UAVs for inspection of nesting birds, which eliminates risk and improves safety for their employees.

Mitie also plan to enhance their current property management services by providing aerial photography, structural inspection, thermal imaging (to indicate heat escape), and roofing inspection, using drones. This will allow servicing of their 1,500+ properties to be completed more efficiently by reducing time when inspecting for building repairs or gutter blockages.

Gareth Davies, the Southern Regional Director for Pest Control, explained how he found the course.

“The instructor was enthusiastic, and captivated everybody’s interest to ensure that all of the requirements of remote flying are taken on board. We all found it worthwhile as a whole.”

Mitie will now go on to complete practical, hands-on flight training and assessment with RUSTA.

To enhance your business through offering additional UAV services or if you simply want to get involved in the UAV industry, please contact RUSTA on 01454 643100 or info@uastraining.com to enquire about courses.

 

RUSTA

Rheinmetall’s Unmanned Systems Training Academy (RUSTA) is a leading provider of Small Unmanned Air System (SUAS) training in the UK. Owned and operated by RTP UK Ltd, a CAA approved National Qualified Entity (NQE), RUSTA’s instructors are experts in teaching and instructing candidates to become knowledgeable, proficient and above all safe SUAS operators. Specialising in training for all industries in order to fly legally and commercially in the UK, RUSTA prides itself on its professional delivery of safe aviation practices.

New venue announced for RUSTA in the northwest

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Bristol, UK – 30th June 2016

Due to an increasing demand from customers, RUSTA will now offer a course in the popular city of Chester.

The Chester Remote Pilot Certificate SUAS (RPCS) course will allow candidates located in the Liverpool, Manchester and North Wales area to attend the RUSTA UAV ground school course and be on their way to becoming a qualified commercial drone operator in the UK.

To fly a drone commercially in UK airspace an operator needs to have a Permission for Aerial Work (PfAW) from the CAA and RUSTA can get them to that point through the RPCS training course.

“It’s been an exciting year so far for RUSTA,” said Sion Roberts, Head of the Academy. “We are now running at least four courses a month, in addition to our bespoke customer courses, to keep up with the demand. The industry really is experiencing a boom.”

The Chester ground school course is scheduled to take place at the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel.

To enhance your business through offering additional UAV services or if you simply want to get involved in the UAV industry, please contact RUSTA on 01454 643100 or info@uastraining.com to enquire about courses.

 

RUSTA

Rheinmetall’s Unmanned Systems Training Academy (RUSTA) is a leading provider of Small Unmanned Air System (SUAS) training in the UK. Owned and operated by RTP UK Ltd, a CAA approved National Qualified Entity (NQE), RUSTA’s instructors are experts in teaching and instructing candidates to become knowledgeable, proficient and above all safe SUAS operators. Specialising in training for all industries in order to fly legally and commercially in the UK, RUSTA prides itself on its professional delivery of safe aviation practices.

RUSTA completes training on the Aibot X6

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Bad Arolsen, Germany – 10th June 2016

RUSTA’s partnership with Leica Geosystems sees the RUSTA team taking up the Aibotix flight training program in Bad Arolsen, Germany this week.

Leica Geosystems, specialists in capturing, analysing and presenting spatial information, delved into unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology to provide application-specific solutions to their key market segments. With the release of the Aibotix Aibot x6 v2 UAV, Leica Geosystems are able to provide their customers with an ability to collect and present high-precision data from the air.

The Aibot x6 can be used for a variety of applications including inspections and monitoring, geo-mapping, aerial imagery and filming, and surveillance and security.

“The Aibot x6 v2 is a versatile UAV with the ability to attach a multitude of sensors,” Sion Roberts, Head of the Academy at RUSTA, explains. “By attaching thermal, infrared, hyper or multispectral sensors the Aibot provides solutions for a variety of industries including surveying, inspection, emergency response, research and agriculture.”

“The fact that it is lightweight is an added bonus as this allows operators with CAA qualifications in the under 7kg category to fly commercially and legally.”

“An additional benefit is the six rotors as this provides redundancy with the ability to have a safe landing if two of the rotors fail.”

RUSTA’s partnership with Leica Geosystems will allow customers to train on the Aibot x6 platform and gain their Permission for Aerial Work (PfAW) from the CAA to operate commercially, legally and safely in the UK.

Contact RUSTA to find out more on 01454-643100 or email info@uastraining.com

 

RUSTA

Rheinmetall’s Unmanned Systems Training Academy (RUSTA) is a leading provider of Small Unmanned Air System (SUAS) training in the UK. Owned and operated by RTP UK Ltd, a CAA approved National Qualified Entity (NQE), RUSTA’s instructors are experts in teaching and instructing candidates to become knowledgeable, proficient and above all safe SUAS operators. Specialising in training for all industries in order to fly legally and commercially in the UK, RUSTA prides itself on its professional delivery of safe aviation practices.

 

Leica Geosystems

With close to 200 years of experience pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyse easily, and visualize and present spatial information. (http://www.leica-geosystems.co.uk)

UAVs: Use in Emergency Services

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UK – 5th May 2016

The benefits of using UAVs (or drones) for Law Enforcement, First Response & Search and Rescue (SAR) missions is quite simple; a fast, efficient and cost effective solution that provides real-time information.

From providing a birds-eye view of an area during a Search and Rescue mission, to manoeuvring into tight places to assess building damage for a fire department, the additional information a UAV can provide is so beneficial that some organisation have described their efficiency as improving 100 to 1 when using a UAV during an emergency situation.

Jeremiah Karpowicz’s article describes the difficulties Emergency Services in the US are having with implementing UAVs into their organisations, similar to that seen in the UK.

He highlights that although there is a slowly progressing attitude change to the use and implementation of UAVs in Emergency Service organisations, there is still some way to go to identify all of the possible benefits and develop the technology to meet the needs.

The catch-22 situation regarding the development of UAV technology involving the end user and the need for the end user to understand the technology in order to explore the possibilities is identified, which shows the importance of manufacturers working closely with their customers in this specialised industry.

Read the full article by Jeremiah Karpowicz: https://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/8JRk1WARDOEL69

To find out more about RUSTA’s Remote Pilot Certificate Advanced (RPCA) course, created with Emergency Services subject matter experts, to get your team professionally trained and qualified please contact RUSTA on 01454 643100 or email info@uastraining.com

RUSTA’s Remote Pilot Certificate Advanced (RPCA)

 

 

New drones for Surrey and Sussex Police

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UK – 14th April 2016

The Surrey and Sussex Police have acquired four new state-of-the-art Aeryon SkyRanger drones.

The Aeryon SkyRangers will add to the one already purchased by the forces in 2014.

Used to support policing operations such as missing person searches, protester responses, airport security and crash scene investigations, the Aeryon SkyRanger is designed to military and government specifications.

The remotely piloted aircraft can be used for both day time and night time flying, in high wind and heavy rain conditions, and can reach speeds of up to 30mph.

Thirty eight Police Officers from Surrey and Sussex Police Forces successfully completed their drone training to CAA competency standards with RUSTA in December 2015.

The project by Surrey and Sussex Police forces is currently the largest of its kind being carried out in the UK.

Click here to find out more.

 

If you would like to know more about RUSTA’s courses, please contact us on 01454 643100 or info@uastraining.com

New Magazine for Commercial UAV Industry

UK – 29th March 2016

The highly successful UK Drone Show has released its first issue of the #ukdroneshow magazine.

The organisers of Europe’s largest gathering of UAV and drone pilots, enthusiasts and professionals have created the magazine to keep the commercial market updated with the latest offerings. The magazine features articles on state-of-the-art technology available, upcoming events and requirements for flying a UAV in UK airspace.

To download a free copy, and read the feature on RUSTA’s Head of Academy, simply follow this link: http://www.ukdroneshow.com/ukdroneshow.html

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RUSTA introduces new Exeter venue

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UK – 21st March 2016

RUSTA will now be running a Remote Pilot Certificate course in Exeter.

Due to an increase in demand from remote pilot operators wishing to receive their Permission for Aerial Work (PfAW) from the CAA, in order to operate their UAVs in the UK commercially and legally, RUSTA has added an Exeter course to their schedule in May.

“We have seen a substantial increase in operators wishing to gain their PfAW this year,” says Sion Roberts, Head of the Academy at RUSTA. “To cater for this demand we have scheduled an additional course in the Southwest.”

Running PfAW courses to the highest standard currently in the UK UAV industry, led by a team of ex-military Aircrew Instructors, RUSTA has gone from strength to strength.

Over 300 operators have now been trained by the academy which include members of the police force and emergency services, forensic science teams, ABC and BBC journalists and camera operators, professional photographers, building surveyors and agronomists.

The PFAW training (titled the Remote Pilot Certificate SUAS by the academy) involves two and a half days in a classroom which includes a theory exam, support to develop an Operations Manual which ultimately goes to the CAA, and a practical flight test to evaluate remote pilot safety and competency.

Remote pilots have the option of completing both the theory and practical elements of the course in Devon with a flight test site also available in the area.

The classroom theory course will be taking place at Reed Hall, a grand Italianate Mansion, within the University of Exeter grounds.

To find out further information about the Exeter course please contact RUSTA on 01454-643100 or email info@uastraining.com

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RUSTA to offer cost effective route to PFAW

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UK – 20th January 2016

RUSTA has announced it is to offer the most cost effective route to achieve CAA Permission For Aerial Work (PFAW) in the UK

The decision to reduce the current cost of the Remote Pilot Certificate SUAS (RPCS) course comes after a successful first year as an original CAA National Qualified Entity (NQE).

RUSTA has reduced its 2016 prices in order to remain as a leading supplier of PFAW training.

“We sincerely believe that the high standards set by RUSTA must prevail,” explained Sion Roberts, Head of the Academy at RUSTA. “To prevent a dilution in the standards of training, and in order to further ensure that the SUAS industry is properly and correctly regulated in accordance with CAA requirements using correctly experienced flight instructors, RUSTA has decided to reduce the price for candidates.”

The full cost of the RPCS course has been reduced to £900 including VAT which provides candidates with:

  • Access to an online eLearning package
  • Groundschool (theory) course over two and a half days with an experienced aviation instructor
  • Operations manual guidance
  • Operations manual assessment
  • Operational evaluation (flight test) at one of its approved locations.

After successful completion of the RPCS course, candidates can obtain their PFAW from the CAA, which allows them to operate their UAV (or drone) for commercial gain legally in the UK.

RUSTA ran its first course in March 2015 and has since trained over 300 operators at various locations around the UK.

RUSTA

Rheinmetall’s Unmanned Systems Training Academy (RUSTA) is the leading provider of Small Unmanned Air System (SUAS) training in the UK. Owned and operated by RTP UK Ltd, a CAA approved National Qualified Entity (NQE), RUSTA’s instructors are experts in teaching and instructing candidates to become knowledgeable, proficient and above all safe SUAS operators. Specialising in training for all industries in order to fly legally and commercially in the UK, RUSTA prides itself on its professional delivery of safe aviation practices.

To find out further information or to book onto a course, please contact the RTP UK office on 01454-643100 or email info@uastraining.com

RUSTA’s Head of Academy gives the BBC radio something to talk about

 

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Sion Roberts reports on changing BBC radio’s, Carla George’s, opinion of robots

UK – 19th January 2016

In this day and age technology is a way of life.

Some people are obsessed with it, other people despise it. Either way it controls all of our lives to some degree or another. RUSTA thrives on technological advances, as our core business of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) has been quoted by Times magazine as “The biggest technological breakthrough of the next decade alongside 3-D printing.”

Whilst having my breakfast I was drawn to a discussion on the local radio station, BBC Radio Lincolnshire, in which they were debating the use of robots in modern society. Using another technological advance of modern times, Twitter, I tweeted that we were using flying robot technology and training people in Lincolnshire on an everyday basis.

BBC Radio Lincolnshire responded and invited me to speak on the show to try and persuade Carla, one of the award winning presenters (who was sceptical about such advances), that robot automated technology was not to be feared but to be embraced.

After the airtime cameo I tweeted to say thank you for the opportunity and suggest that if Carla wanted to, she could visit our test site in Lincoln and experience first hand the benefits of UAVs. She accepted my invitation and within 24 hours we were both standing on a fresh, frosty field on a beautiful sunny winter’s morning just outside of Lincoln with several UAVs at our disposal.

As an air instructor I went through the normal launch evolution of the DJI Inspire and once we were both satisfied I launched it into the clear blue Lincolnshire sky. Carla was impressed as I explained what sensors it was using and kept a running commentary going on the height and speed of the aircraft.

After the demonstration we unpacked the slightly smaller DJI Phantom and I talked Carla through the checks. Before we knew it Carla was flying the Phantom at and around the same height (and occasionally higher) than Lincoln Cathedral, which incidentally is 271 ft.

She was a natural and she genuinely enjoyed the experience. I demonstrated how the aircraft could fly itself, based on GPS satellite navigation, in order to get some fantastic footage, which I’m sure impressed her.

She landed the aircraft perfectly and then moved onto the larger Inspire. I noticed that she was already showing signs of improvement and was confident and comfortable with the machine.

As we were packing up, I asked her casually if she now trusted robots and drones and with a wry smile and a slight pause she answered, “Maybe”.

Perhaps this was a successful mission after all.

 

To listen to the report please follow these links from BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03cxz97 1:54

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03cxz6j 2:53

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03cxzf4 01:22, 01:55, 02:44