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UK regulations for using drones part 2

Importantly, UAS used in the EU are also subject to a set of product standards. To this end, there are six ‘types’ of UAS recognised in the regulations. For our …

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 …

What is a drone?

In this course a drone is considered a Remotely Piloted Aircraft. A Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) is a type of aircraft which has no onboard crew or passengers. A RPA …

UK regulations for using drones part 1

Drone regulations in the UK In the UK and the EU the most common terms for a drone is an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) and this is the abbreviation most …

An introduction to this course

Welcome to The Institute for Drone Technology. This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube. One of our key roles in the industry is to help organisations integrate drone technology. …

How to get the most out of the course

Whether you’re learning online for the first time, or you’re new to FutureLearn, the following tips will help you get the most out of your course. Travelling through the course …

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, …

Common mistakes in drone integration

While the adoption of new technologies can create excitement about the great potential they hold, this excitement can itself lead to overly hasty adoption without a framework of systems in …

Wrapping up the week

This week we have learned about some of the basics of drone use, why organisations use drones, as well as about the regulations for operating drones in the UK. It …

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 …

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 …

Basic health – 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 …