Flight Training at Phoenix UAV Centre

We provide practical flight training for UAS/RPAS. This training, whilst tailored to suit individual requirements, is broken down into two key elements, firstly, Basic Flying Technique, this is your basic ability to fly an aircraft of this type. It covers a series of set manoeuvres which all pilots are expected to demonstrate as part of the Operational Assessment. The second element of the flight training is Operational Flight Training, this is done using your own aircraft. We make sure the onboard systems are configured correctly and are working properly and we also look at your ability to fly the aircraft operating all it’s relevant functionality confidentially and competently. We perform mock operations from start to finish, following the guidelines and check lists set out in your Operations Manual, fine tuning it where necessary in order to ensure you are following it to the letter.

We operate modules of 2, 3 and 4 days at a time as well as individual days and half days, each one consists of a structured combination of actual flight and computer simulator based training, assessments and briefings. The actual flight training will be conducted using the tried and tested “Buddy Box” method. This uses two transmitters connected together via a cable, one for the instructor and one for the trainee. This method ensures the highest possible level of safety throughout the training process, as the instructor can take over full control of the aircraft at a moments notice in order to recover from difficult situations.

This method also means that the instructor can give the trainee just the controls they can handle at any one time. This is a huge advantage when someone is learning to fly, as it allows them to concentrate on only the controls they are comfortable with at that time, without the need to worry about any of the others, thus building confidence to progress on to taking full control of the aircraft.

Our flight training starts with an introduction to UAS/RPAS aircraft type, what the controls are, and what they do. This will be followed by an overview of the transmitter, it’s functions, a brief description of their purpose and what effect they will have on the aircraft.

Following this introduction, the training will progress to flying; getting to know the aircraft and how it flies. Any trainee who has any kind of previous flying experience will be started by quickly running through the lesson structure, having their basic flying technique assessed for any weak points - any that are found will be ironed out during this process. Those with little or no flying experience will be taken through the lessons one at a time to build up their skills, and crucially, their confidence.