Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Course Description

Unmanned and remotely piloted aircraft create a range of exciting possibilities in the field of aviation. Technology appears to offer new answers to old problems and the potential to change the way we achieve our missions in the military field and the opportunity to undertake new tasks in the civilian field. We anticipate increased endurance, flight in hostile environments and live surveillance feeds networked to multiple users. However, there remains the issue of the "man in the loop" and the role to be played by people, whether controlling the aircraft in real-time, or writing software in a laboratory perhaps years before a flight takes place.

Over 4 1/2 days, the course (developed in association with the International School of Unmanned & Remotely Piloted Aviation - ISURPA) provides an excellent introduction to the world of UAS and RPAS, reviewing the history of unmanned aircraft and examining a range of current systems (both within line of sight and beyond). Topics will vary between the principles of visual presentation and the use of Digital Elevation Models; from GPS limitations to effective communication and move on to consider the requirements for effective safety management and our personal perceptions of risk. Students are introduced to the opportunities and the constraints imposed by unmanned operations, and by considering automation and autonomy, to the challenges posed to users and regulators alike.

The conclusion of the course is an in-depth case study highlighting the management of unmanned operations and covers accident investigation techniques including the role of telemetry in the reconstruction of unmanned accidents.

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone intending to fly an RPAS/UAS.
  • RPAS/UAS crews: pilots, sensor operators and maintainers.
  • Unmanned & Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems designers.
  • Regulators and those who participate in accident investigation.

How You Will Benefit

  • This course provides a solid foundation for those seeking to operate, design or regulate unmanned aircraft systems and the chance to learn from the expertise of those who have flown them. It can be taken individually or as part of a series of courses in the SCSI Program.
  • Practical examples and case studies will enhance your theoretical knowledge.

Course Topics

  • Review of unmanned aviation
  • Human error & fallibility
  • Design and functionality of the human interface
  • Absence of design standards — the consequences
  • Remote piloting — the absent senses & presentation of visual information
  • Situational awareness in unmanned aviation
  • What the manual didn't tell you
  • Safety Management Systems in Unmanned Aviation
  • Unmanned aircraft performance factors
  • Computers, automation & autonomy
  • Flight envelope protection & configuration
  • Investigation techniques - telemetry versus the black box
  • Case studies

Course Administration

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems course consists of 4.5 training days (36 hours). Classroom participants receive lecture outlines, additional reference material, and a Certificate of Completion. Classes begin daily at 0800 and end at noon on the last day.