The UK CAA has identified 2 critical elements which, when taken together, constitute acceptable evidence of pilot competency. Our UACE Pilot qualification is granted on successful completion of our 2 part programme: Theoretical Knowledge and Operations Manual and Practical Flight Assessment.
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Theoretical elements include:
a) Pre-flight actions including:
b) In-flight procedures including:
c) Post flight actions including:
We oversee the writing, conduct, marking, results and feedback of all examinations in-house. The UACE Part 1 is formally assessed by a straight forward written examination consisting of 60 multiple choice questions which have to be answered within 2 hours; requiring a pass mark of 75%. This is taken on day 3.
Examinations are open-book and candidates may make use of the following materials in the examination:
Practical Flight Assessment
Due to the wide variety of UAV/RPAS available in either fixed-wing or rotary, our examiner will be testing you on your ability to operate your aircraft as per your operations manual (which will also be assessed as part of this Flight Assessment). Our flight assessment allows you to be examined on 2 aircraft if you choose, at no additional cost.
As this is a flight assessment, you will naturally be expected to understand every aspect of your chosen aircraft, this includes its flight controls, safety systems, operational procedures and handling characteristics.
Our flight examiner will play the role of your client who will give you a detailed brief of a task that you are to undertake in a Commercial environment. You are expected to liaise professionally with them and ask relevant questions relating to any concerns you may have prior to commencing the flight.
The examiner will be observing the role of the Pilot and crew to ensure that the task is completed safely through all phases of flight or brought to a successful safe conclusion if it cannot be completed.
The Unmanned Aviator Certificate of Expertise is recognized by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
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