At this point you will have submitted your Flight reference cards – FRC’s, you will have done some mock flight plans and you will have stood in a field practicing. The best piece of advice given to me when approaching this is get extra batteries. I started with two and so by the time I had travelled to my practice field and set everything up got flying and got going, I needed more time. Once qualified you will need batteries when flying for clients so its not an issue.
These are the things you must be able to do when flying:-
1)Set up the drone according to the FRC’s that you have written for your platforms. It used to be that you had to demonstrate flight on every platform you intended to fly. This is not the case anymore.
2) Be able to fly in GPS mode, a circuit with the drone camera facing forward, to fly towards objects and hover over them, these may be cones. To be able comfortable with the drone far away from you. A figure of 8. To land the drone on a landing area. The same with the camera facing you – so your operations from your RC are the opposite.
3) In atti mode (GPS off) all off the above movements including landing, camera facing forwards and backwards.
4) Comfortable flying the drone at height (legal height)
5) Demonstrate your emergency procedures
So I would recommend you practice, practice these maneuvers it needs to be second nature. You are likely to be nervous on the day as you are only human and want to pass! You won’t be asked to demonstrate all these but they
You need to know your forms – your planning forms and your FRC’s
You need to know platform and what error messages and what can go wrong, what does 2 red lights flashing mean
You need to know how to control the drone if the ipad / tablet stops working – do you know how to calibrate the compass without the app to drive this?
You need to know the law and be able to quote parts of it, your training provider will flag up lots during the ground school.
You also need to know how to plan a flight, that includes reading maps, both aviation and ordinance survey.
So next up will be my flight test – what happened step by step.