Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Investigation Course

SCSI offer an industry leading introduction to the world of Beyond Visual Line of Sight unmanned aircraft operations. Built on over a decade of unmanned experience, our course, developed in association with the International School of Unmanned & Remotely Piloted Aviation, will teach you about the requirements of BVLoS. Our students have included staff from NASA, Boeing, FAA, the insurance industry and government agencies around the globe all wanting to know more about the critical aspects of unmanned aviation such as Human Factors, Safety Case development pilot situational awareness and the technologies associated with them. Using a classroom format of lectures, group exercises and case studies, the 4 1/2 day course provides an excellent introduction to the world of UAS and RPAS. You will learn about the history of unmanned aircraft and examine a range of current systems designed for BVLoS flight. Individual lesson 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 through effective safety management and our personal perceptions of risk to consider unmanned aircraft accident investigation. 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.

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone intending to fly BVLoS unmanned aircraft.
  • 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 conduct BVLoS Operations or to 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 and give you the tools to operate, design or procure UAS and to create a compelling safety case.

Course Topics

  • Review of unmanned aviation
  • Human error & fallibility
  • Design and functionality of the human interface
  • Remote piloting — the absent senses & presentation of visual information
  • Situational awareness in unmanned aviation
  • GNSS and other technologies
  • 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.