Day 3 is for those that have already began drafting their operations manual or, have an existing operations manual in place and are ready to do their operational evaluation (flight test).
Operations Manual Workshop
With guidance and advice from the instructor, the workshop will give you the knowledge and skills to be able complete your Operations Manual to a professional standard that RUSTA deem acceptable. You will be expected to produce a manual detailing the way in which you will operate your SUAS to conform to regulations and safety standards.
Having an approved Operations Manual is essential to progress to your flight test. It is a vital document for any operator and is integral to obtaining your PfCO. It is a mandatory item needed for any business commercially offering UAS services. It contains managerial, technical, health and safety, and flying procedures that will be specific to each business’ proposed operating set up.
RUSTA prides itself on the attention to detail and support it offers candidates throughout enrolment to course completion. The theory course is structured so that guidance on the Ops Manual is received from day one of the course, giving candidates the knowledge and confidence necessary to fulfil this task without undue delay.
If your company does not have an existing operations manual in place and you want to do your flight test on day 3 – You will be expected to start your operations manual prior to the course commencing (generic details only). The instructor will go through extra details in the operations manual workshop on day 3, if you choose to attend day 3. Don’t worry though, when you enrol on the course, we will send you a template that you can use to draft your own operations manual and give you our Ops Man subject matter experts’ contact details to help you along the way.
If you have a minimum of 2 hours flying time within a 3-month rolling period, you can complete your flight test on day 3.
The instructor will give you a practical scenario that reflects a normal task that you can expect from a customer in the future. You will plan the mission and carry out the practical task at one of our approved RUSTA operational sites. On successful completion of the practical task the candidate will be awarded their RUSTA wings and you will be emailed your RUSTA recommendation form to support your application to the CAA when you apply direct for your PFCO.
*If you do not have your operations manual approved or have a minimum of 2 hours flying time by the time the course ends, your flight test will be scheduled for a later date (at no extra cost).
*If you decide to complete your operations manual after the course has finished, you will have 3 months to send in, for RUSTA to approve. Once the Ops Manual is deemed and ratified satisfactory by our experts, you will be contacted to arrange a suitable date and time for your flight test.