Our chief pilot, Andrew Gransden, has completed the CAA required Small Unmanned Aircraft (SAU) operator training through Resource Group.
This comprised a computer-based training package followed by a 3 day ground school. This training covered key knowledge such as weather, aviation law, human factors and safe operation of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) or small unmanned aircraft System (SAU). The course concluded with a written exam to test that the minimum level of knowledge had be attained.
Several weeks were then needed to compile a test of flight reference cards detailing standard and emergency procedures. Once this task was completed, Andrew was required to complete a flight assessment. The aim of this practical assessment is to demonstrate that the pilot has the essential skills required to operate the SUA competently and, above all, safely. It showed that Andrew was able to fly both in automatic and manual modes to complete a number of task related manoeuvres and react to emergencies. The assessment also required the student pilot to carry out detailed planning and risk assessments prior to the practical flight.
Finally, MoraySky had to complete a comprehensive Operations Manual detailing how our operations are to be conducted and how emergencies would be handled. This was submitted to the CAA for approval. The was that MoraySky were granted a Permission For Aerial Work (PFAW) by the CAA (ID 1216) allowing us to carry out aerial work for commercial gain.
Although modern RPA are fully stabilised and easy to fly, our team undergoes continuous flight training to maintain and develop the necessary skill levels in flying and photography to complete any task asked for by clients.