Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulation
1-day course | Classroom, Virtual & In-company training
- Classroom courses at London Gatwick
- Understand the evolving UAS the regulatory framework
- Review how the regulatory system impacts UAS operations
What are 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.
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.
This course is suitable for anyone who requires a generic overview of the requirements surrounding UAS operations.
- An overview of the regulatory framework from ICAO to what was EASA and is now national UK 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)
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
- 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.
Meet your Instructors
Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulation
Submitting an Unmanned Aircraft System Safety Case
Alain is a Remotely Pilot Aircraft System (RPAS) Technical Surveyor within the UK CAA General Aviation (GA) and RPAS Unit. Alain has worked at the CAA for the past seven years, beginning in the Shared Service Centre (SSC) Flight Crew Licensing Department, processing licensing applications, before moving into the SSC Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Unit approximately 3.5 years ago. Alain has since developed his knowledge of the regulations from the ground up by initially assessing standard permission applications for commercial operators. Eighteen months ago, after progressing to Team Leader of the SSC UAS Unit, Alain accepted his current position of Technical Surveyor within the Safety and Airspace Regulation Group (SARG) GA and RPAS Unit. Since working in GA and RPAS, Alain has taken over as the lead focal point for CAA approved Recognised Assessment Entities (RAEs). He was heavily involved with the European Union Safety Agency (EASA) transition project which saw the implementation of a new set of UAS regulations within the UK at the end of 2020.
We offer two different ways to attend this course:
- Face-to-Face Classroom Course: Embrace the traditional learning method by attending our physical training venue. Benefit from direct interaction with our instructors and fellow participants, creating an immersive and hands-on learning experience. To book a classroom course, please check the booking table at the top of this page and select your preferred training venue location.
- Instructor-Led Virtual Course: Enjoy the flexibility of attending this training remotely from your home or office with our live virtual course. Engage in interactive learning from anywhere in the world. We usually use WebEx or Zoom for our virtual courses. To attend this course virtually, look for the ‘online’ venue option in the booking table above.
Please note that course durations may vary slightly between our face-to-face and virtual deliveries. Please refer to the start and end date of your chosen course.
Our goal is to offer flexible, effective and convenient course delivery methods that suit your preferences and learning needs. Please choose the option that works best for you!
If you can’t see a classroom or virtual option, we likely haven’t released the next set of dates. Please get in touch to find out when we’ll announce the new dates, and we’ll be sure to keep you informed once they are available or even add you to our waiting list.
The ICAO UAS Toolkit
ICAO has published some helpful tools to assist States in realising effective UAS operational guidance and safe domestic operations.
CAA CAP 722 Series
The CAA published CAP722 series are the baseline and guidance documents for UAS operations in the UK and will heavily feature in this course.
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