Flight Test

Keep Calm and FlyRyte

 Section 1: General Instructions

 

This page is designed to guide you in your preparation for your flight test, after you have completed your groundschool course of training.

The test itself is very straightforward but it is very important that students prepare in advance to ensure that the test runs in as smooth a manner as possible.

Step 1: Personalise the operations manual which was sent to you by the student liaison after the course. Ensure that the operations manual reflects how you actually plan to conduct your flight operations

Step 2: Plan the flight test scenarios. The link is available below and the scenarios are different depending on whether you have completed the initial course or renewal course, so click on the relevant document below for guidance. To prepare for these scenarios, at a minimum you should complete a risk assessment and an application for flight in controlled airspace (UF101) if the flight is in controlled airspace. These are linked to below in the resources area (document 2 & 3).

Step 3: Review the and practice the specific disciplines which will be completed in the exam. You will find these at the bottom of this page (with images).

Step 4: When you feel ready email [email protected] and [email protected] and notify them that you would like to schedule your test. INCLUDE YOUR OPERATIONS MANUAL in this email

Step 5: Print and complete the ‘personal details’ sections of forms UF100 and UF102. Bring these with you on the day of the test. Document 4 & 5 below.

Step 6: Please note that you need to have an insurance policy in place to complete the test

Section 2: Flight Test Resources

 

Document 1A: Initial Test Planning Scenarios

Document 1B: Renewal Test Planning Scenarios

Document 2: Risk assessment form

Document 3: Class C (controlled airspace) application form – UF101

Document 4: UF100 (Specific Operator Permission Application)

Document 5: UF102 (Pilot Competency Certificate Application)

Check the airspace map

Section 3: Flight Test Disciplines Tested

 

  1. Upon arrival the format of the test will be explained by the examiner
  2. After this, you can proceed to complete a pre-site risk assessment (talk the examiner through the positive and negative elements of this particular site and the task which has been assigned)
  3. Choose a suitable area to set up your aircraft based on your pre-site risk assessment
  4. Demonstrate competence in the following four disciplines:

FlyRyte lateral placement in drone exam

Discipline 1: Lateral placement

Objective: Demonstrate safe placement of aircraft abeam an object, including yaw function

Instructions: Setup the aircraft as per a standard flight. Take off and stabilise the aircraft in a hover, complete a control check if desired. Transition to a position abeam an object (this will be nominated by the examiner). Establish the aircraft in a hover and then yaw so that the aircraft is pointing toward the object. From here the aircraft will be brought back and landed

FlyRyte Tracking drone exam example

Discipline 2: Oblique tracking

Objective: Demonstrate safe placement of aircraft abeam an object, including yaw function

Instructions: Establish the aircraft in a hover. You will be instructed to track an object which will move through the flight area. You objective is to keep the drone in the same position relative to the drone. You should look at the aircraft rather than a screen or monitor as your primary reference. The instructor will be testing your ability to fly the aircraft out of standard orientation and also your ability to fly the aircraft in a scenario which has increased levels of difficulty. TIP: remember that it is not important to actually keep the object in the field of view of the camera. The most important thing is that you fly the aircraft in a safe and calm manner.

Non-GPS take off and landing in drone exam

Discipline 3: Simulated GPS failure

Objective: Demonstrate safe placement of aircraft abeam an object, including yaw function

Instructions: You will be instructed to disable the GPS before take-off (ATTI mode or similar). After take-off you will be required to complete a control check to ensure normal transmitter operation. Upon completion you can position the aircraft to land. TIP: this scenario can take 10secs or several minutes, depending on your ability and the strength of the wind. Prior practice of flying without GPS assistance is vital. Remember that if there is any lateral movement when the aircraft is landing it is likely to flip which will result in a failed result.

FlyRyte Range of Operation

Discipline 4: Range of operation as per Operations Manual & Failsafe operation

Objective: Demonstrate safe placement of aircraft abeam an object, including yaw function

Instructions: You will be required to position the aircraft as far and as high as you have listed in your operations manual. Once in this position you will be instructed to initiate FAILSAFE and describe what the aircraft will do (this will normally initiate return-to-home mode). At some point between the maximum range and the landing zone the instructor will prompt you to take back control of the aircraft and reposition for landing. You may use GPS throughout. TIP: you should spend at least 80% of your time monitoring the drone, with frequent but short references to your telemetry. If you have an assistant you should assign them the role of annunciating range and height to decrease your workload and increase your situational awareness.

CONCLUSION:

If you have any questions in advance of your examination ensure that you discuss them with your examiner. The examiner is responsible for guiding you through the process on the day and will do everything they can to ensure you are comfortable and understand the various tasks that are required.