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UK CAA approval

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Angusforbes, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. Angusforbes

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    Is anyone going through the process to get CAA approval in the uk, the paperwork is so complicated, I would love to hear of anyone's experience
     
  2. MKheng

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    BNUCs Part 1 passed last month and Ops Manual passed today. Just need to book and do the flight test now. Thought the Part was tough going. If I was starting again I'd read the handbook another 10 times at least and highlight all the areas of importance. Ops manual took some doing but once on the right track just needed a few minor changes.
     
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    A rude question MKheng but I am sure others will want to ask it. What are the costs like? As far as I could tell it was like £1500 from start to finish if you go on group courses and more if you do 1 to 1s?
     
  4. MKheng

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    £1050 (part 1 £700, part 2 £350) plus vat = £1260. If you need to resist the exam (I did!) add £175 plus vat = £210
     
  5. MKheng

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    With EuroUSC that was.
     
  6. DeweyAXD

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    Interesting... sounds harder than one might expect given the activity but I guess it is prepping for larger craft. What tripped you up?
     
  7. MKheng

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    Simple lack of preparation. You really need to read the course book umpteen times. Failed the first exam by just one mark.
     
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    Hello.
    Please excuse this post if it appears vague, however I wish to ensure that I do not breech the terms and conditions of forum use.

    I am a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Specialist for National Air Traffic Services (NATS). Most of you may be aware that NATS is responsible for the safe and efficient provision of Air Traffic Control throughout the UK, and is regarded by many as world leaders within this domain.

    NATS is embracing the rapidly growing 'domain' of RPAS operations, and we are keen to progress towards the safe integration of operations with other airspace users. Much of the context within this thread is around regulatory confusion, and as a certified RPAS operator I can sympathise.

    NATS is therefore pleased to announce the launch of our CAA approved RPAS course which will be delivered in Scotland and England. We equip independent operators and organisations with the required knowledge, and examine flight capabilities expected to obtain 'CAA Permissions/Exemptions for Aerial Work'.

    It would be unfair for me to stipulate more detail within this thread. However as this forum, its administrators and all aviation professionals will be keen to work together and ensure compliance and awareness, I encourage you to contact us at, RPAS@nats.co.uk , if the above course may be of interest to you.

    It is essential that as a community we maintain a stringent and professional approach to support growth. May I take this opportunity to commend all those that participate and view these threads to ensure a uniform step forward.

    Kind regards

    William Brown
     
  9. cocoamedia

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    Hi William - is there a website available with details of the course? There are so many different approved courses not it's getting confusing which way to go with qualifications.

    As the MD of a professional design agency being asked for aerial footage by clients we obviously want to be safe and do everything correctly, but at the moment the CAA don't seem to be making things easy for us.
     
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  10. RPAS

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    Good afternoon.

    I appreciate and sympathise with your comments. Working directly with the CAA, I can assure everyone that every effort is being made to accelerate process, and implement 'fair' regulatory pressures. It is my opinion that the community perception of 'CAA resistance' is likely to change.

    The NATS Aero website ( www.nats.aero ), will feature course details within the coming fortnight. The focus of NATS is very much around regulation education and safe operations. Thus the NATS RPAS course will be the most comprehensive and competitively priced course to achieve commercial permissions/exemptions available.

    Please do email the NATS RPAS address previously stated to register your interest. This will allow me to send you more course details, and what you may obtain. I also extend the invite of communication to any forum administrators whom may wish to discuss other opportunities.

    On a final note, the scope of RPAS regulations is changing. EASA have drafted advisories, and our state regulator (the CAA), will make changes accordingly. It is likely that certification requirements will increase for commercial users, to protect third party person(s) and property - and rightly so. However parliamentary pressures are enforcing the need for industry growth, and thus leading instruction and guidance from the UKs Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), is a sure way of ensuring commercial users are best equipped.

    Thank you for taking the time to reply. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards

    William Brown
     
  11. cocoamedia

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    Thanks William - email sent ;)
     
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