Remote Pilot Licence (RPL) Training Course Outline
UAV Industries Flight School is open for Training during Lockdown and is conducting live, lecturer-led online training for students enrolled in a Remote Pilot License (RPL) course. The 5-day web-based training will replace our in-class Part 1 ‘Theory’ component.
Courses run every Monday – Friday from 9am – 3pm, according to demand.
Individual pricing for theory and practical components is available.
Exams and 1-to-1 practical flight instruction will take place at our Flight Schools in Cape Town or Johannesburg, where strict screening, physical distancing and hygiene measures have been put in place to maximise safety for both students and staff members alike.
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UAV Industries is a licensed Aviation Training Organisation (ATO Number: CAA/0380), certified by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) for remotely piloted aircraft (RPAS) or drones.
We have taken away much of the hard work of obtaining an RPL for commercial drone operations, by designing an all-inclusive training course that equips students with the skill and knowledge required to safely operate unmanned aircraft in a commercial capacity and also guides and supports you through all the required steps to obtain your license from the SACAA.
RPL Training is divided into two parts: theory and practical training.
Once both training and practical elements have been completed (allow a minimum of 4-8 weeks), UAV Industries will prepare, lodge and manage your Remote Pilot License application with the SACAA directly, saving you time and hassle!
In addition to the theory exams, students will be required to complete:
- Restricted Radio License training (theory and practical included in above)
- English Proficiency Exam, which includes an oral interview with examiner (exemption might be available for some tertiary degrees or English first language).
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RPL Training Part 1: Theory
Theory Training takes place in one of our two approved training facilities in Cape Town (Paarden Eiland) or Joburg (Grand Central Airport, Midrand).
1 June 2020 update: until further notice, UAV Industries will continue to offer Classroom or Theory training online via live, lecturer-led sessions as described above. This opens access to prospective students from all over South Africa and internationally. Students should have a stable internet connection and camera enabled tablet or laptop to support video conferencing. Exams and practical instruction will take place at our Flight Schools.
Classroom training covers a wide range of subjects, followed by multiple choice examinations.
- Air Law
- Flight Planning and Navigation
- Human Factors
- Principles of Flight
- Technical aspects and related items
- Recapitulation of coursework and practical planning session
Duration of theory component: 5 days
Once all theory training has been covered, students will be required to complete and pass the required multiple choice exams based on theory content. Exam times are flexible and can be arranged individually.
30 March 2020 update: Please note that all exams will take place once lockdown has ended, or at such time where lockdown restrictions allow staff and students to return to our accredited training facilities.
RPL Training Part 2: Practical
The practical component of the RPL Training Course is very flexible in terms of timings as it is scheduled around the student’s individual availability. Practical training consists of one-to-one training sessions using a Blade Chroma drone.
- Training slots are booked online in advance for convenience.
- UAV Industries does not actively limit the flight training to only a few hours as some flight schools do.
- Duration of practical element depends on students’ skill, experience, progress, availability and weather conditions (allow 4 – 8 weeks on average)
The practical training component culminates in a practical exam or skills test called a ‘Sign Out’ with a Designated Flight Examiner.