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RPL008 – Human Factors

Understanding human factors are important for all areas of aviation. Pilot error accounts for a high percentage of major aircraft accidents; with advances in technology, it is now a human ability that is the weakest link in the aviation chain. Consideration of human factors is not just relevant to manned aviation but is also important for RPA controllers and can determine the successful outcome of a flight.


Technical & General

• Air Frame For all components to be mounted on
• Power Source - usually a battery
• Power Distribution System - one at battery voltage, another for low voltage
• Electronic speed controller(s) (ESC) - vary the speed of the motors



All air vehicles are subject to the forces of nature. Understanding meteorology is equally important for the safety of large aircraft as it is for small aircraft and RPAs. 26% of all general accidents are weather-related. 70% of all airline delays are due to weather. Every flight requires a study of forecasts before flight planning.



The signal from the satellites actually slows down as it passes through the Earth's atmosphere. GPS technology accounts for this error by taking an average time, which means the error still exists but is limited.


Air Law – Part 101 CATS & CARS

"Remotely piloted aircraft" (RPAS) means an unmanned aircraft that is piloted from a remote pilot station, excluding model aircraft and toy aircraft.
"Toy aircraft" means a product falling under the definition of aircraft which is designed or intended for use in play by children.


Flight Performance & Planning

General rules for operating a UAS must be followed as a part of the flight planning process.
Any deviation from a stated rule requires approval from the UAS Coordinator.


Radio Telephony – Restricted Radio Licence

You will require a restricted radio license in order to be allowed to communicate on the radio with air traffic controllers or other traffic around us.


RPL003 – Energy Management

All RPAs require an energy source. The type of energy source depends mostly on the type of motor. Larger RPAs rely on fuel and have larger flight times. For smaller battery-powered RPAs LiPo batteries are the most widely used battery option.


Operational Procedures

This section describes the fundamental safe Operating Procedures and methods used for the practical implementation, flight, and maintenance of any RPAS program or operation.


Principles of Flight – Multi-rotor

Multi-rotors are a popular platform, with many applications for many remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). Multi-rotors do not rely on complex mechanical linkages or actuating control surfaces to get their movement. Instead, they rely on fixed pitch rotors and use variation in motor speed for vehicle control.


(FOO) Operational Control and Flight Monitoring


(FOO) Security Awareness Training November 2023


(FOO) Flight Operations Officer – Certificate of Completion

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