UACE Part 2: Unmanned Aviator Certificate of Expertise
Unmanned Aviator Certificate of Expertise (UACE): 2 hours (Part 2)
Prior to taking any flight assessment, it is a mandatory requirement that the UACE Part 1 (Theoretical Knowledge) course have been taken and its associated examination passed.
There are an array of different UAV Platforms to choose from, as a result your flight assessment on either your rotary or fixed wing UAV will be generic. Our Flight Examiners are experienced on many times and will adjust the assessment where necessary to suit your particular type of UAV/RPAS.
Ultimately, the purpose of the flight assessment is to check that you can operate your UAV/RPAS safely in your chosen setting and that the key concepts from your theoretical courses can be put into practice.
UACE Flight Assessment
Due to the wide variety of UAV/RPAS available in either fixed-wing or rotary, our examiner will be testing you on your ability to operate your aircraft as per your operations manual (which will also be assessed as part of this Flight Assessment). Our UACE Part 2 flight assessment allows you to be examined on 2 aircraft if you choose, at no additional cost.
As this is a flight assessment, you will naturally be expected to understand every aspect of your chosen aircraft, this includes its flight controls, safety systems, operational procedures and handling characteristics. It is unwise to book a flight assessment if you are unsure of any elements you make reference to in your Operations Manual. Candidates will be tested extensively on the fail-safe mechanisms of their chosen aircraft and the associated procedures.
Our flight examiner will play the role of your client who will give you a detailed brief of a task that you are to undertake in a Commercial environment. You are expected to liaise professionally with them and ask relevant questions relating to any concerns you may have prior to commencing the flight.
The examiner will be observing the role of the Pilot and crew to ensure that the task is completed safely through all phases of flight or brought to a successful safe conclusion if it cannot be completed.
a) Pre-flight actions including:
Mission planning, airspace considerations and site risk-assessment.
Aircraft pre-flight inspection and set-up (including flight controller modes and power-source hazards).
Knowledge of the basic actions to be taken in the event of an aircraft emergency or if a mid-air collision hazard arises during the flight.
b) In-flight procedures including:
Maintaining an effective lookout and keeping the aircraft within Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) at all times.
Performing accurate and controlled flight manoeuvres at representative heights and distances (including flight in ‘Atti’ (non-GPS assisted) mode or equivalent where fitted).
Real-time monitoring of aircraft status and endurance limitations.
Demonstration of ‘return-home’ following control-link transmission failure. Fixed-wing may demonstrate equivalent procedure that results in an automated,low-impact descent and landing.
c) Post flight actions including:
Shutting down/making-safe the aircraft.
Post-flight inspection and recording of any relevant data relating to aircraft general condition, aircraft systems, aircraft components and power-sources, controller functionality and crew health.
Although in many countries a certificate of airworthiness is not required for UAV/RPAS under 20kg, we must point out that it is your responsibility to ensure that your aircraft is airworthy and safe to use for the flight assessment. If you are unsure, our examiner and flight crew can conduct an independent assessment on your aircraft prior to commencement of the assessment. There will be an additional fee for this and it is advised that you give us as much advance notice although we appreciate this is not always possible due to ‘last minute’ glitches! Under these circumstances we will do our utmost to accommodate you on the day.
Upon satisfactory completion of the flight assessment, you will be recommended to the regulatory authority as suitable to apply for a ‘Permission to undertake Aerial Work’.