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Our RPCS Syllabus
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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
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
Post Day 3 – Operations Manual Evaluation and Approval, and Flight Assessment
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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.
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.