|What is RPQ-s?
This abbreviation stands for Remote Pilot Qualification. The 's' refers to small unmanned aerial vehicles below 20Kg. The RPQ-s is offered through training with the Resource Group. The qualification is an important accreditation, accepted by the CAA, for all commercial UK drone flying. To operate without such certification for commercial purposes is to do so illegally. Vistaworx and it's pilots are each approved by the CAA and have the PfCO (Permissions for Commercial Operation)
What's involved in attaining the RPQ-s?
Training involves completing an online training module that covers such things as map reading, meteorology, aircraft dynamics and the workings of multirotor aircraft. Once completed, the student then attends a three day ground course training programme which covers many aspects of aviation, and comprehensive coverage of flying unmanned aircraft.
Following successful completion of the final exam papers the submission of a set of flight reference cards is required. These FRC's, as they are more commonly referred to, are a type of informational 'job aid' and are used to reduce pilot error at both the pre planning stage and during flying. Once submitted, a flight assessment is carried out to ensure the pilot is suitably capable of flying their craft in a safe and responsible manner.
If the flight assessment is successful and the pilot passes this last hurdle, then there is a requirement for the pilot to submit to the CAA an Operations Manual. The Operations Manual is similar in practice to a kind of business plan, a submission to the CAA to show that the pilot can conduct their operations in a safe and responsible manner. If the CAA is happy with the application then it will grant a PfCO, Permissions For Commercial Operation. It is often thought that acquiring a PfCO is simply a matter of paperwork and a rubber stamp, but in practice the CAA adhere to very stringent guidelines in approving such applications.
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