If you’re looking for the best face to face learning then this may be the solution for you. Our instructors have taught candidates all over the world and are fully trained air instructors from the Royal Air Force’s Central Flying Training School.


Drone training course overview:

This is the 2-day CAA approved course (with the option to extend to 3 days if you want to complete your operations manual and flight test without delay). The price includes Ground school, Theory Examination, Operations Manual ratification and Operational Evaluation (flight test).

The structure has changed slightly, this is to make it more practical for those wanting to complete the theory course, operations manual and flight test all at once.

Alternatively, if you would prefer you can complete just the 2 day theory course – and then go away and complete your operations manual in your own time and arrange your flight test for a later date once your operations manual is approved.

Operations Manual

If your company does not have an existing operations manual in place and you want to do your flight test on day 3 – You will be expected to start your operations manual prior to the course commencing and send in a 1st draft for us to look over. The instructor will go through changes required in the operations manual workshop on day 3 to get you all approved. Don’t worry though, when you enrol on the course, we will send you a template that you can use to draft your own operations manual and give you our Ops Man subject matter experts’ contact details to help you along the way.

Flight test

As long as you have a signed-off operations manual and a minimum of 2 hours flying time in a 3 month rolling period (and you have your drone with you), you will be able to do your flight test on the afternoon of day 3. Alternatively, we can arrange your flight test for a later date.

Day 1 & 2 Ground School –

This is the two-day ground school theory element of the course. The first day of the course will begin with an introduction for both new and experienced pilots as to what the course will entail and what each day’s outcomes will be. Throughout day 1 the topics covered will include:

  • Introduction
  • Air Law
  • Principles of Flight
  • Meteorology
  • CAPS
  • Lithium Polymer Batteries
  • Emergency Procedures

The second day will include:

  • Human Factors
  • Flight Navigation & Flight Planning
  • Advanced Flight Planning
  • Exam Recap
  • Theory Examination

The afternoon of day 2 will cover how to carry out risk assessments as well as pre-flight and on-site surveys. Using the knowledge gained, you will complete a planning exercise to test you on what you have learnt and for you to experience how to effectively plan for an operation, as well as delivering a professional brief to your crew.

Theory Examination

At the end of day 2 is the important theory examination part of the RPCS. This is a 70 minute multiple choice paper that will test you on what you have learnt over the two days. You will need 75% or higher to pass. If you happen to fail the Theory Examination, you can re-sit the paper for free however at least 10 days must pass before you are able to re-sit.


Day 3 (optional) Operations Manual Workshop and Flight Assessment

Day 3 is for those that have already sent in the 1st draft of their operations manual or, have an existing operations manual in place and are ready to do their operational evaluation (flight test).

Operations Manual Workshop

With guidance and advice from the instructor, the workshop will give you the knowledge and skills to be able complete your Operations Manual to a professional standard that RUSTA deem acceptable. You will be expected to produce a manual detailing the way in which you will operate your SUAS to conform to regulations and safety standards.

Having an approved Operations Manual is essential to progress to your flight test. It is a vital document for any operator and is integral to obtaining your PfCO. It is a mandatory item needed for any business commercially offering UAS services. It contains managerial, technical, health and safety, and flying procedures that will be specific to each business’ proposed operating set up.

RUSTA prides itself on the attention to detail and support it offers candidates throughout enrolment to course completion. The theory course is structured so that guidance on the Ops Manual is received from day one of the course, giving candidates the knowledge and confidence necessary to fulfil this task without undue delay.

Flight Evaluation

If you have a minimum of 2 hours flying time within a 3-month rolling period, you can complete your flight test on day 3.

The instructor will give you a practical scenario that reflects a normal task that you can expect from a customer in the future. You will plan the mission and carry out the practical task at one of our approved RUSTA operational sites. On successful completion of the practical task the candidate will be awarded their RUSTA wings and you will be emailed your RUSTA recommendation form to support your application to the CAA when you apply direct for your PFCO.

*If you do not have your operations manual approved or have a minimum of 2 hours flying time by the time the course ends, your flight test will be scheduled for a later date (at no extra cost).

*If you decide to complete your operations manual after the course has finished, you will have 3 months to send in, for RUSTA to approve. Once the Ops Manual is deemed and ratified satisfactory by our experts, you will be contacted to arrange a suitable date and time for your flight test.