Drone Training for the Media Industry

The Unmanned Aircraft Qualification (UAQ) Media course, an end-to-end course aimed at giving those working in TV and video production all the practical and theoretical skills to begin to operate drones safely and efficiently. Over the past year, UAVAir has collaborated with clients including BBC Studios and NBC News to identify and provide training and expertise for unmanned filming operations.

Led by ex-BBC filmmaker, Michael Surcombe, the UAQ-Media course gives candidates more than just the theoretical and practical knowledge of UAVs, but also ties in the essential creative skills needed in production.

UAQ Media - Full Qualification:

Duration: 5 or 6 days

The full UAQ Media qualification is available to those who wish to learn how to operate a drone and use it in TV and film production. The package offers complete training for the novice operator and will provide all the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to operate a drone safely and efficiently. UAVAir is happy to host the course at the client’s base if required. The course includes:

  • Basic flight training
  • CAA-approved ground school studies
  • CAA-approved flight assessment
  • Advanced media-specific scenarios and drone camera skills

Qualification: A UAQ qualification from UAVAir plus UAQ-M certificate and candidate report/evaluation.

UAQ Media - Drone Fundamentals Course:

Duration: 3 hours

In addition to the full UAQ-Media, a primer course for accountable managers and those booking or planning drone operations is available. The course is delivered in collaboration with media safety specialists, 1st Option Safety. Taught by leading drone professionals from UAVAir, this half-day session provides candidates with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively procure and manage drones, and assist their employer’s obligation to protect staff who undertake hazardous operations. The course includes:

  • A review of serious incidents that have already happened in media productions
  • The basics of current legislation, including recent and forthcoming changes
  • Current drone technology
  • How to manage teams and book operations
  • Planning workshop
  • Drone flight simulator

Qualification: A certificate of attendance is available upon request. The course also provides the foundations for a full UAQ course for those wishing to operate drones themselves.

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