University lecturers have been given a flying lesson by leading drone training professionals at Bristol’s University of West England (UWE).
RUSTA taught 16 members of staff from three of the UWE’s faculties at the Frenchay Campus.
The lecturers were taught pre-flight processes and procedures, flight manoeuvres and emergency procedures.
The course was facilitated by Dr Mark Palmer, senior lecturer at UWE, who obtained his Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) with RUSTA in 2016.
Sion Roberts, managing director of RUSTA, said: “Although we have held many courses in Bristol over the past four years, we’ve never held one solely on the campus and solely for university staff.”
He added: “The facilities for classroom instruction were second to none and it was great to engage on such a level with a respected academic institute in the South West of England.”
Those trained on the course will now be included in the UWE operations manual, which is a prerequisite for obtaining a PfCO from the Civil Aviation Authority.
Paul Satchell, who attended the course, said: “It has given me the knowledge and airmanship to make the correct decisions whilst planning for safe and legal UAV operations. The Remote Pilots Theory course content and delivery was first-rate, and the learning resources were really well structured. This will help form the foundation of my flying career.”
Established in 2014, RUSTA was one of the original drone and UAV academies in the UK, training operators to be able to use their drones for commercial purposes.
All instructors have a Royal Air Force or Army Air Corps background, with thousands of hours flying experience on both manned and unmanned platforms.