RPCS Syllabus

Syllabus

From whatever walk of life or background our syllabus is designed to turn you into a competent safe small-unmanned air system operator.

We can divide the course into three clear distinct sections:

  • Theoretical
  • Operations Manual
  • Practical Assessment

 

Theory

1) The theoretical side looks at the important topics that concern all aviators namely:

  • Meteorology (weather)
  • Principles of flight
  • Air Law
  • Human factors/ Crew Resource Management
  • Navigation
  • Flight Planning

In addition we also study topics pertinent to UAS Operations:

  • Civilian Aviation Publications
  • Lipo batteries
  • Emergency Procedures

The theoretical phase culminates with a number of flight planning exercises designed to bring together all the areas the students have covered so far. This is a critical but enjoyable part of the phase that demonstrates to the instructors that the candidates have the understanding to operate safely and within the regulations.

A RUSTA syndicate conductinga flight planning exercise

A RUSTA syndicate conducting a flight planning exercise

 

The theoretical phase ends with an examination and on successful completion the candidate is awarded the Remote Pilot Certificate Theory – RPC(T).

 

TheRPC(T) Examination

The RPC(T) Examination

Operations Manual

2) The second phase is done in the candidates’ own time. It consists of compiling all the information he/she has learnt so far and incorporating it into a simple, concise Operations Manual. The Operations Manual details everything from how the prospective business is organised to how to handle an emergency. We start the Operations Manual process from day 1 of the theoretical phase so that the candidate can gather the information he/she needs as the course progresses.

A RUSTA instructor will assist you with your Operations Manual by providing advice by email and/or telephone. You must submit the first draft of your Operations Manual to RUSTA within 3 months of passing the RPC(T) theory exam or you will have to enrol for a new course.

 

A typical operations manual

A typical operations manual

 

Following your three day course it will then be your responsibility to complete your Operations Manual to a professional standard that RUSTA deems acceptable (details for this process will be given during the course). This is essential to progress to your Flight 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 3 months of passing the theory exam or you will have to enrol for a new course.

Practical Assessment

 3) The Practical Assessment is the final phase of the process and usually takes about three hours.

Once the Operations Manual is deemed satisfactory by RUSTA, we will assign you to an academy evaluator. The evaluator will give the candidate a scenario that will accurately reflect a normal task he/she can expect in the future. The candidate will then plan the mission exactly as they did during the flight-planning exercise taking into account real time weather, airspace issues, risk assessments etc.  The difference this time will be that the candidate will have to carry out the task for real at one of the many approved RUSTA Operational Sites. Providing the candidate operates safely, within the regulations and within their own Operations Manual they will receive a pass and be awarded with the Remote Pilot Certificate SUAS (RPCS).

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Once the RPCS has been obtained, candidates can then apply for Permission For Commercial Operation from the CAA.

All course specific items, timings etc. will be included in the joining instructions and  will be issued upon enrollment of a RUSTA course.

 

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