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Accident and incident reporting

Definitions of accident and incidents; Regulators in different countries will define accidents and incidents differently. However, in a broad sense we can think of incidents and accidents being very serious, …

Responsibilities of a remote pilot

Responsibilities of the remote pilot: Safety is the most important consideration. This means the safety of yourself, the crew, and the public. There’s a reason we hear the term “safety …

Risk Assessment and Management

The strategic risk assessment process relevant to RPA operations, including: Hazard identification Common hazards for RPAs The most common hazard when operating an RPA is the likelihood of your drone …

Risk assessment and management continued

RPA DETECTION OF HAZARDS RPA may detect hazards using optical and non-optical technologies. Detection may be supported by the use of a database (e.g. terrain and obstacles). Optical techniques: Optical …

Fatigue Management

When authorising any operation, the Chief Remote Pilot must ensure the potential for fatigue is minimised. This includes consideration of travel time to a location, the complexity and duration of …

General Operations

General considerations relating to: 1. flight and equipment batteries Aircraft Inspection Review your batteries, including their age, how they are handled and stored, and whether they are intact or have …

Decision-making

There are several important factors that influence decision making. Significant factors include past experiences, a variety of cognitive biases, an escalation of commitment and sunk outcomes, individual differences, including age …

Drone safety: how to enhance decision-making skills

An understanding of the decision-making process provides the pilot with a foundation for developing Aeronautical Decision Making skills. Aeronautical decision-making skills While some situations, such as engine failure, require an …

General Airmanship

The term ‘Human Factors’ refers to the application of scientific knowledge, mostly from the human sciences of psychology, anthropology, physiology and medicine, to the design, construction, operation, management and maintenance …

Situational awareness during RPA operations

While it is true that an RPA shares many similarities with manned aircraft, the most critical difference is the insertion of an unnatural break between the pilot and the aircraft. …

Batteries

The vast majority of drones are powered by Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries. These can be dangerous if mishandled and this topic gives you an overview of the safe management of …