Flight Test

Flight Test

At Droneflight we offer flight tests in the 0-7kg and 7kg-20kg range on multirotor drones.  Fixed wing drones can be accommodated by prior arrangement.

Normally the flight test is included in the price of the ground school, however if you wish to take a flight test on its own the cost is £350 plus VAT

To book a flight test, please email info@droneflight.co.uk or call 01833 605051

What happens on a flight test?

The best way of thinking about a flight test is to consider it your first real job.  When you arrive your examiner will give you a briefing on the task you are required to do and you will be expected to produce an appropriate flight plan and risk assessment.  Your examiner will expect you to brief them on the plan and assess your knowledge of air law and your aircraft.  After this you will attend the location and be expected to complete a site assessment, check your drone and setup appropriate control measures for the task.

If you were doing a real job your client would expect you to attend with all the required equipment including laptop, maps, personal protective equipment, paperwork, anemometer, first aid kit, signs, small fire extinguisher.  Also, if you have kit with you, use it!  Leaving your kit in the car doesn’t add up to being prepared!

KNOW YOUR AIRCRAFT AND PROCEDURES

This is a big area of weakness for many people, its not enough to know the model of your aircraft and that you have an “Ops Manual”!

  • What do your status lights mean?
  • How do you check if the aircraft is safe to fly?
  • What are its operating limitations?
  • What frequency does it operate on?
  • What external factors can effect aircraft performance?
  • How does it complete its return to home?
  • What are your setup procedures?
  • What are your emergency procedures?

DON’T ASSUME YOU ARE “JUST GOING TO FLY”

You will be expected to complete a flight plan and appropriate risk assessment.  Bring maps and/or a laptop so you can check the airspace, NOTAMS and collect appropriate emergency contact information.  Confirm before your test if access to the internet is available on the site, don’t assume it is.

WHAT KIND OF FLYING WILL I DO?

You will need to be able to fly in GPS and non GPS modes (ATTI on DJI equipment).  You will be asked to complete a number of tasks, set up the site appropriately, keep appropriate records and execute some of your emergency procedures.  The assessor is not looking for a “Flying Ace” but for someone who is operating to their procedures and can execute a flight in a safe way.

You don’t have to fly perfectly, but you need to be safe and maintain visual line of sight at all times.

WHAT ARE THE PRE-REQUISITES

  • a minimum of 4 hours flying on the drone you will be tested on
  • appropriate insurance
  • appropriate safety equipment
  • flight procedures (flight reference cards)
  • the drone you will be tested on

APPROPRIATE CLOTHING

It is really important that you consider your clothing in the context of the prevailing weather conditions.  Most of us are not used to being outside in the cold and not moving, the insulation requirements are much higher when you are flying your drone as you don’t move.  The same applies to warm weather and appropriate protection and eyewear.

AFTER THE FLIGHT TEST

If this is a new application get your CAA application form (SRG1320), completed operations manual, test result and insurance certificate off to the CAA.  The CAA will process your application but expect this to take at least 28 days.