At UAVAir drone training school we’ve always believed in working with the professionals who are out there setting the standards right now from both the airline world and the commercial drone industry.
Within the airline community we have representation on the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) RPAS Working Group, and more widely the European Cockpit Association (ECA) Drone Committee, who represent 37000 commercial manned aviators. We believe that airline pilots need to feel safe when flying within a likely future airspace of drones and commercial airliners operating side-by-side and by launching a drone training school that can influence the people coming into the industry we can make sure all users are able to operate together.
At the same time there has to be an engagement with those working at the grass-roots level and flying drones on a day-to-day basis within the community right now. Working with a lot of the committee from the Association of RPAS – ARPAS (covering the best operators of drones in the UK and who we highly recommend to join to continue your professional development once you begin your career) and other high-quality operators who have done the very courses you are now looking to take, based largely on their feedback we’ve designed a course that falls between covering the theory but also has a large practical element. For that reason, Day 2 goes through how one would undertake a client job from initial contact through to the point of commencement of a flight, a practical approach to Drone Operations that is proving a very popular element.
In addition we have representation via our team on the NATS Safety Partnership (Air Traffic Control) and the UK Government Cross-Party Working Group on Drones which is leading future drone policy in the UK. This also means we are at the forefront of future legislation and can adapt quickly to the commercial environment. For instance new European legislation is being proposed for 2017 that may change the rules to which we currently operate.
This is why we have such a large team of commercial drone operators and manned aviators joining our drone training team. They have knowledge of surveying, congested areas, film and TV, environmental work, consultancy etc…in short a pool of resources that are second to none. Over time the operators who have trained and approached this new industry the right way valuing safety and quality will be the successful ones. So when signing up for our course we feel you are joining and sharing the right values to make your UAQ and PFAW experience a positive one. It may not be easy, and it will be hard work, but it will be worthwhile.
Our founders and course designers are manned Airline Pilots holding ATPLs and 000’s of hours of flying in accordance with operations manuals & procedures in some of the busiest airspace in the world. Trickling down fundamental principles from manned aviation such as CRM and a ‘just culture’ ensures we equip you with the right mindset to have a safe and successful career as a drone pilot.
With many operations carried out across the world for high profile events such as the 2016 blockbuster ‘London Has Fallen’, flying in Africa & filming the Rudimental music video ‘Not Giving In’ shot on location in the Philippines; our RPAS instructors (from Cloud12 and UAViate) are some of the most experienced operators, which ensures you get the best possible start in this exciting new industry.
The combined knowledge of the executive training team comprises of over 40 years of flying, 20,000 commercial hours, 8 years in the civilian drone industry including hundreds of sub-7kg and sub-20kg drone operations. Our chief flight assessor has over 27 years of RC flying experience alone and is qualified to BMFA Club Examiner standard.
UAVAir are the leading drone training school in the UK.
Want to find out more about our drone courses? Give us a call on +44 (0)208 0450 508 to discuss obtaining your UAQ drone licence with UAVAir, or alternatively email us.