UAV Tips – Everything You Need to Know About Your Flight Assessment

By taking our UAQ course, you can be thoroughly trained and ready to enter the world of commercial drone aviation in just three days. Yes – if you feel confident enough then we are happy to help you take your practical Flight Assessment with us on your third day of our course, following on from your initial computer-based distance learning, two days of Ground School and not to mention, the unrivalled insight gained from our experienced instructors.

In this next UAV Tip, we explain everything you need to know about your Flight Assessment. We encourage all of our candidates to make the most of this opportunity and with this post, we hope we can make the process seem less daunting, giving you the confidence you need to fly through the exam!

You must have enough logged flight time
At least two hours to be exact, and it must have been completed within the last three months. This time can be recorded using the log books we provide or using relevant pilot log sheets, such as the one used on the DJI app.

The test will be taken in ATTI mode
Or a similar non-gps mode. If you currently rely on manual settings to control your drone, then it is important to get to grips with the ATTI mode or similar in order to confidently operate your drone during the Flight Assessment.

Get to know your checklists
The assessment requires you to demonstrate your knowledge of emergency procedures as well as pre-and-post flight assessments. As such, it is important to revise and understand the relevant checklists, including pre-flight, post-flight and emergency. You will also need to conduct a site and risk assessment.

When you enrol on our course, we will provide all of our candidates with a Flight Assessment Handbook. Included in this is a flight planning form and a site assessment form as well as a normal procedures checklist, covering the pre-flight, post-flight and emergency. Other documentation included in this handbook includes helpful records such as maintenance and technical logs.

Know your specific manufacturer’s instructions
Every drone will have unique instruction from the manufacturer, and knowledge of this is essential to ensuring you operate your drone safely. Decide on the drone you will be using throughout the course well in advance so that you can learn its specific instructions.

Get insured
All pilots must take out non-commercial insurance before you fly. This can be taken as part of a full insurance policy, or as a day rate agreement. Usually, day or shorter rates are offered for under £50. When taking out full insurance, it must be third party liability up to £5m. Some insurance providers used by our previous candidates include Moonrock, Coverdrone and FPV UK.

Each UAQ candidate is also invited to join our dedicated Facebook group, alongside the other prospective students. If you have any more queries about your Flight Assessment, get in touch directly with a member of our team today!