The Flight Assessment is designed to assess drone pilot competency with your application of knowledge and commercial operating procedures. You will cover all aspects of planning, pre-deployment and on-site risk assessment to ensure that your Unmanned Aviation Vehicle (UAV) operation meets minimum legal and safety requirements.
Our instructors will verify your flight skills and assess your level of drone pilot competency. As part of the flight assessment you must demonstrate skills including take-off, climbing, descending, turning, holding altitudes and headings accurately as well as landing. Recognition and recovery from unusual situations, such as link lost, fly away, an air incursion situation and operator incapacitation are also assessed to that safe drone operation will be maintained and safety of themselves and/or third parties isn't compromised. You will also need to demonstrate a basic technical knowledge of your aircraft to our instructors.
This is achieved by the following:
This assessment will take place in daytime conditions, and is suitable for fixed wing and multi-rotor drones. It covers UAV operation for aircraft weighing up to 20kgs.
This assessment is for those already holding day permissions, and will take place in night time conditions. It provides drone pilots the opportunity to prove a higher level of competence to us as a National Qualified Entity (NQE) so that we can report to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that we have tested the remote pilot and find them competent during night operations. This enables the CAA to make a more informed judgement, and our recommendation and assessment means the remote pilot is more likely to get their permissions granted. It is suitable for fixed wing and multi-rotor drones, covering UAV operation of aircraft weighing up to 20kgs.