NATS and Sky-Futures unveil combined RPAS course


Quote from Rupert Dent
Legislation Director  at ARPAS-UK
“On 15th May ARPAS UK was invited to the launch of the NATS and SkyFutures training partnership.It is located at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. After presentations by both NATS and Sky Futures, attendees toured the site, which is very well equipped to replicate many different scenarios relevant to both Search and Rescue teams, as well as Fire and Police Services. The Northampton Fire Service gave a demonstration on the use of UAS to help in the identification of survivors in the rubble of a building after an explosion, using their recently commissioned mobile command centre to stream thermal and RGB imagery to the response team in charge. Attendance by industry representatives was good and it gave ARPAS UK the chance to see what new initiatives are being taken on the training front.”


NATS and drone-based inspection services and training provider Sky-Futures, have unveiled a combined RemotelyPiloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) course for commercial pilots at a launch event featuring hi-tech drone search-and-rescue and inspection demonstrations, at an emergency services training facility in Gloucestershire.


The demonstrations, which saw state-of-the-art Intel Falcon 8+ and DJI Inspire 1 drones conducting complex, high-spec inspections of mocked-up disaster sites including a collapsed building, showcased some of the practical skills-training offered by the new drone pilot ‘combined’ course.

The combined Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) course syllabus can be adapted to meet the individual needs of trainees working in specific areas such as construction, offshore oil and gas, or the emergency services for example, and encompasses in-depth theoretical instruction in airspace and safety as well as real-life scenario-based training. It is designed to ensure organisations can secure the Civil Aviation Authority permissions required for drone pilots to operate commercially, whilst providing expert guidance on using drones safely in professional or commercial environments.

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Image: (left to right) Ged Richmond, Technical Advisor and Remote Pilot for Sky-Futures, and Sky-Futures pilots Mike Belither and Andrew Lake flying an Intel Falcon 8+ drone.

Posted 18 May 2018