Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulation

Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulation

1-day course | London Gatwick & In-company
  • Overview of Regulatory Framework from ICAO and EASA
  • Understand the principles of UAS operations
  • Explore the role of operational risk assessments
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19/11/2020 London Gatwick £505.00 More than 5 places Book
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Course overview

What is Unmanned Aircraft Systems?

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are a new and evolutionary component of the aviation system. UAS may also be referred to as Drones, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), model aircraft or radio controlled aircraft. They all share the common characteristic that the person responsible for piloting the aircraft is not on board the aircraft.

Course Overview

This course provides delegates with an understanding of the regulatory framework associated with the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Delegates will gain knowledge and an understanding of the evolving regulations and how they apply to leisure and commercial UAS operations. Delegates will explore guidance on the requirements, operational and technical aspects and the risk-based processes underpinning the application and granting of authorisations for UAS operations.

Key topics

  • An overview of the regulatory framework from ICAO to national and EASA regulation
  • Development of regulations
  • UAS platforms, their capabilities and deficiencies
  • Accommodating UAS operations within the current aviation infrastructure
  • Typical use cases
  • The requirement for the operator to demonstrate flight safety and how this is achieved
  • Implementation of technology to help control risks and hazards
  • Provision of an environment for safe operation (u-space)

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for anyone who requires a generic overview of the requirements surrounding UAS operations.

Course objectives

By the end of this course, delegates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following:

  • The current and future regulatory system and how it impacts on UAS operations
  • The role of rulemaking advisory groups
  • The different types of UAS platform and why they are wanted
  • Essential system elements and features
  • The fundamental principles of UAS operation (VLOS, BVLOS)
  • The fundamental elements of a safety case and the role of specific operational risk assessments
  • An overview of future developments and their role in enhancing UAS operational safety


No specialist knowledge on UAS systems is required other than a basic understanding of the aviation regulatory framework.

Further reading

Dronesafe is designed to help ensure that drone users in the UK can easily access the information they need about how to fly their drones safely and legally, without endangering others.

The ICAO UAS Toolkit
ICAO has published some helpful tools to assist States in realising effective UAS operational guidance and safe domestic operations.

EASA Regulatory Framework Background for Drones
The EASA development of the regulatory framework for operations in ‘certified’ category is planned for 2018 and 2019.

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Course Type Course Name Start Date End Date Venue Cost Availability Book
Class Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Regulation 19/11/2020 19/11/2020 London Gatwick £505.00 More than 5 places Book

Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulation Instructors

Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulation Instructors

Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton

Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulation
Submitting an Unmanned Aircraft System Safety Case

Andrew leads the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) at the UK CAA. The team are responsible for assessing operating safety cases and leading on the auditing and oversight of permission holders and National Qualified Entities. Andrew works alongside the UAS unit Policy team looking at how the new EASA regulations will affect the drone industry and Emergency Services. Prior to joining the UK CAA, Andrew was a Police officer in both the Metropolitan Police and Devon and Cornwall Police where he completed his 31 years’ service. Prior to his retirement, Andrew set up his own personal drone business and also set up the Devon & Cornwall Police drone team where he led on the procurement of equipment and training as well as developing the policies and procedures for using Police drones. Andrew has a wealth of knowledge and experience in operating drones in an emergency service environment.

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