Classroom Courses

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If you’re looking for the best face to face learning then this may be the solution for you. Our instructors have taught candidates all over the world and are fully trained air instructors from the Royal Air Force’s Central Flying Training School.

Our RPCS Syllabus

Learn from the best

The RPCS course is designed to teach you everything that you need to know to become a safe and professional Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) pilot. The theory phase of the course will last for two and a half days at one of our UK wide locations and will cover a variety of subjects.  The RPCS course is made up of two phases, which can be broken down into three main components; Theory, Ops Manual Assessment and Practical Assessment. Phase One consists of classroom theory, with Phase Two containing the Ops Manual Assessment and Practical Assessment.

Drone training course overview:

Day 1 – Introduction, Air Law, Principles of Flight, Meteorology, CAPS and Lithium Polymer Batteries

The first day of the drone training course will begin with an introduction for both new and experienced pilots as to what the course will entail and what each day’s outcomes will be. Throughout the morning topics covered will include Air Law and Principles of Flight, with the second half of the day covering Meteorology, CAPS and Lithium Polymer Batteries.

Day 2 – Emergency Procedures, Operations Manual and Introduction to Human Factors

The second day will begin with Emergency Procedures where you will learn how to correctly and safely manage an inflight emergency. Following this, the instructor will cover the importance of the Operations Manual. This is a vital document for any operator and is integral to obtaining your RPCS. It is a mandatory item needed for any business commercially offering UAS services. It contains managerial, technical, health and safety, and flying procedures that will be specific to each business’ proposed operating set up.The remainder of the morning is taken up with an Introduction into the multi-faceted Human Factors lesson. This topic is vast and cannot be covered in one lesson, however it is a good foundation and covers some pertinent subjects for UAS operators. The afternoon of day 2 will cover how to carry out risk assessments as well as pre-flight and on-site surveys. Using the knowledge gained, you will complete a planning exercise to test you on what you have learnt and for you to experience how to effectively plan for an operation, as well as delivering a professional brief to your crew.

Day 3 – Theory Examination

The morning of day 3 will include the important Theory Examination part of the RPCS. This is a 70 minute multiple choice paper that will test you on what you have learnt over the two days. You will need 75% or higher to pass. If you happen to fail the Theory Examination you can re-sit the paper for free however at least 10 days must pass before you are able to re-sit.

Post Day 3 – Operations Manual Evaluation and Approval, and Flight Assessment

Following the two and a half day course it will then be your responsibility to complete your Operations Manual to a professional standard that RUSTA deem acceptable (details for this process will be provided during the course). This is essential to progress to your pilot Practical Assessment. RUSTA instructors will assist you with your Operations Manual by providing advice by email and/or telephone. You must submit your Operations Manual to RUSTA within three months of passing the Theory Examination or an additional administrative fee will be charged.

Operations Manual

How you operate

After successful completion of the RPCT, candidates must complete and submit their Ops Manual for approval by one of RUSTA’s highly qualified experts. This is completed in the candidate’s own time and requires them to produce a manual detailing the way in which they operate their SUAS to conform to regulations and safety standards.

RUSTA prides itself on the attention to detail and support it offers candidates throughout this process. The theory course is structured so that guidance on the Ops Manual is received from day one of the course, giving candidates the knowledge and confidence necessary to fulfill this task without undue delay.

Flight Evaluation

Proving yourself

Once the Ops Manual is deemed and ratified satisfactory by our experts, you will be assigned a RUSTA evaluator. The evaluator will give you a practical scenario that reflects a normal task that you can expect from a customer in the future. You will plan the mission and carry out the practical task at one of the approved RUSTA operational sites. On Successful completion of the practical task the candidate will be awarded their RUSTA wings and will have the ability to apply to the CAA for their PFCO.