Drone Flight Assessment Day

One day
various UK assessment centres
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About the assessment day

The assessment day has been designed to:

  • Assess your working knowledge of your drone aircraft system, operating skills, and the safety measures you have in place to ensure risk mitigation.
  • Provide guidance in reference to your operations manual.

At the assessment day you will be expected to:

  • Have submitted RPAS technical specifications and flight reference cards a minimum of 7 days before your scheduled flight assessment. We provide a template to help with this.
  • Pass a theory examination based on the Online PfCO Drone Pilot Training distance learning material. This is a 90 minute, closed-book exam, with a pass mark of 75%. If you require any additional support or have any special needs please let us know in advance.
  • Be guided through a deployment and planning exercise after which you will be expected to complete a full deployment survey (mission planning) of a task issued to you.
  • Complete an on-site survey (risk assessment).
  • Operate your drone within standard Visual Line Of Sight (VLOS) rules (unless otherwise specified during the booking process).

Click here if you are looking for our Extended Visual Line Of Sight (EVLOS) or night assessment courses.

The assessment day is tailored around your specific requirements and drone platform capabilities (for example, we won't test DJI Mavic Pro aircraft in Attitude (ATTI) mode, as the aircraft isn't fitted with the option to de-select GPS mode).

Drone Pilot Competency

The flight assessment will determine whether you have acquired a particular set of basic skills, to confirm safe and legal Unmanned Aviation Vehicle (UAV) Operation.

As part of the assessment you must demonstrate to your assessor competency of the skills gained including:

  • Take-off
  • Climbing
  • Descending
  • Turning
  • Holding altitudes and headings accurately
  • Landing
  • Emergency procedures.

Recognition and recovery from unusual situations such as link lost, fly away, an air incursion situation and operator incapacitation are also assessed to ensure that you have the basic 'tools' to keep yourself and those around you safe.

The assessment will be carried out using one, all or a combination of navigational modes chosen by the student to operate their drone. This could include GPS, non-GPS, ATTI, normal or height mode.

Exemptions and Adoption

If you are looking to gain your RPQ-s, and you already hold one of the following, you do not need to complete the theory training as the CAA offers you an exemption for providing alternative means of compliance:

  • Current EASA Fixed-Wing, Helicopter or Microlight licence.
  • Current UK National Fixed-Wing, Helicopter or Microlight licence
  • UK Military pilot / remote pilot or RPAS operator qualification.
  • RAF VGS Instructor qualifications commencing at G1 Instructor level.
  • British Gliding Association (BGA) – Bronze 'C' and above (and EASA equivalent).

For customers who hold British Model Flying Association (BMFA) 'A' or 'B' Certificates, we facilitate the application, although there is a complete waiver for all training requirements. Helicopter certificates will be accepted for multi-rotors.

For customers who believe that they should be allowed exemption on the basis of a non-UK SUA or RPAS qualifications or licences or other lapsed pilot licenses or certificates, please contact us and we will be able to assist further.

If you have any questions then click here to fill in our contact form or get in touch on contact@rpqs.co.uk or +44 (0) 1633 835 123.

For bookings of two or more students, military personnel / veterans, or details of how we can tailor our training to suit your needs (date or location) then please contact RUAS sales on +44 (0) 1633 835 123.