Flight Assessment

The flight assessment has been designed to assess the student’s working knowledge of their drone, their operating skills, and the safety measures they have in place to ensure risk mitigation. The assessment is tailored around the students’ requirements and drone platforms capabilities.

This is achieved by the following:

a. The production and submission of a set of Flight Reference Cards (FRCs).
b. The submission on the RPAS technical specifications.
    (Note: The FRCs and RPAS technical specifications must be submitted a minimum of 7 days before a students’ scheduled flight assessment).
c. The student will be expected to complete a full deployment survey (mission planning) of a task issued during the flight assessment.
d. Once on site the student will be expected to complete an on-site survey (risk assessment) of the tasking area.
e. The student will operate their RPAS within Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) airspace unless specified during the booking process.  

(Note: Extended Visual Line Of Sight (EVLOS) and night assessments can be arranged on request and will be an extra charge).

Pilot Competency

The flight assessment largely determines that a student has acquired a particular set of basic skills. A student must demonstrate skills including take-off, climbing, descending, turning, holding altitudes and headings accurately as well as landing. Recognition and recovery from unusual situations, such as link lost, fly away, an air incursion situation and operator incapacitation are also assessed to ensure that the student has the basic ‘tools’ to keep themselves and/or third parties safe.

The assessment will be carried out using one, all or a combination of navigational modes chosen by the student to operate their drone. This is, however, just the start. The RPQ-s simply represents achievement of the most basic levels of operating skills, that being able to operate a drone safely. The acquisition of skill should continue throughout a Remote Pilot’s career, as a continuous process.


Student testimonials

"From the initial contact the service has been excellent with phone calls, emails and social media contact all returned swiftly and exceeding expectations…the course delivery was excellent, well-paced and the instructors a pleasure to be with. You will certainly be out preferred suppliers for UAV advice and training going forward." Matt Harmsworth

"Although the three days were very intense, we were given some great insight into every aspect of flying platforms. It was a fantastic eye opener and introduced not only CAA levels of expectation, but also standards we are all as operators expected to keep." David Caine

"The staff at Resource Group have invaluable experience and all deliver the training in friendly and approachable manner whilst always conveying the real need for abiding by regulations and best practices. We would not hesitate to recommend them to others for the training and assessment of operators and help navigating the CAA permissions process.” Helen McKenzie, Richard Allitt Associates Ltd

"There is no denying it was hard work and their standards were high, nonetheless, the training provided and the nature of everyone involved has to receive a 10/10 from me." Eddie Mitchell, Aerial-News

"The Resource Group team was very supportive on the phone and quick to respond to emails which helped me to arrive at a business solution for my production company with minimum fuss. There has never been a shred of doubt that I had made the right business decision by choosing Resource Group to help further my business goals and achieve the aim of being awarded my Permissions For Aerial Work by the CAA." Simon Orr, Dream Evolution Pictures

"Entering this new industry from a non flying background, Resource Group have given us the knowledge and skills to take our RPAS service to a professional level and enable us to provide a service that is both safe and effective." Alan Roberts, VizWorx Ltd

"I'm proud of my RPQ-s and know this will be the beginning of an effective ongoing professional relationship." Jason André, Eagle Eye Imaging

"The RPQ-s flight examination was well organised and tailored excellently to test both the capabilities of my RPAS and my skills as a pilot." Elliott Corke, Hexcam

"If you're looking to gain this qualification with Resource Group, don't delay, Do It!" Ben Kenobi, Rogue State Media

"The training provided by Resource Group was exemplary and the level of professionalism and in depth knowledge displayed by the team was outstanding. I feel it has given me all the information I need and the best start possible for a career in the UAS industry." Pat Rickerby, Director, Intelligent Mapping Solutions

Just completed my RPAS training with Resource Group in Cwmbran. Ground school was well structured and delivered clearly and effectively by the RG team. They provided plenty of support with my Ops manual and I managed to pass my Practical Assessment first time despite my sausage fingers. 10/10 - Highly recommended

Having investigated the market place for drone training I was very impressed at the services offered by Resource Group. The quality of training given at their Cwmbran office was second to none with friendly staff always ready to assist.

A full packed course, with masses of information, taught by professional staff with real world experience. Hard work, but well worth it!

Quality ground school, thorough flight assessment and great follow up support for documentation assistance and advice.

Resource Group has looked after me throughout the RPQ-S training regime and I am confident the relationship will continue.

Resource Group promised and provided me with all the tools necessary to achieve my RPAS qualifications. From the outset I recieved unequivical personal attention from the administration department right through to the outstanding instructors who delivered first class professional tuition throughout the process. The whole journey for me was a pleasure from start to end.

My experience of UAS Training and qualification was nothing less than positive. The instructors were helpful, insightful, offered guidance when I was stumped, but at the same time encouraged me to solve issues for myself. The web based training certainly paved the way for Ground School and the final Flight Assessment was as challenging as I expected - but the training had prepared me well and given me the tools to pass successfully.

From initial contact right through to Flight Assessment a very professional and customer focused approach has been show. All Staff are highly knowledgeable and will always go to extreme lengths to ensure customer satisfaction. It is a real pleasure to do business with them.

Resource Group provided me with the in-depth training and awareness necessary for me to gain sufficient knowledge to pass my Ground School Training as part of my Permission To Fly

I constantly recommend Resource Group. Many people come to me asking recommendations on getting their Permission for Aerial Work. I have found Resource to be professional, accommodating, trustworthy and have great customer service. From the first initial call to to obtaining my PFAW and beyond, I feel that Resource are there for me.

Resource Group provide an excellent and professional introduction into the growing world of commercial RPA flying through the Ground School, Flight Assessment and assistance with the preparation and submission of my application to the CAA.

Brilliant UAV training by people who really know what they are doing

Excellent UAV Course, well priced, good course content and presentation by all instructors. Flight test made to feel very relaxed and comfortable with constructive criticism and useful tips.

The quality of training is superb. Resource Group staff are both helpful and incredibly knowledgeable. A genuine pleasure to do business with.

Good people to deal with.

I have just completed a course and I wanted to say that the team was fantastic and very helpful/professional indeed. The instructors were always there to help, amazingly patient and superb trainers who guided me through areas I found challenging….they were insightful and knowledgeable in all areas and made a very difficult 2 days enjoyable... They did a splendid job.

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