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CDP-C™ Course

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CDP-C™ Certified Drone Pilot, Commercial

This is a course comprising printed and online study materials, two days of Ground School (theory) training, our review and feedback for your Operations Manual (OM), and a practical Flight Operations Assessment (FOA).
PART 1 – Preparatory Study
Once you have enrolled on the course you will received a Course Handbook in your choice of either English or Chinese. This covers all the subjects in the theory side of the course. You will also be given access to the UAV Academy Online Student Portal where you will find additional background reading and a library of past examination questions.
PART 2 – Ground School
You will spend two days in a classroom with one of our highly experienced instructors. The subjects studied during the two days cover Hong Kong air law and regulations, as well as the course contents listed below. You will need a good knowledge in all of these subjects as this is considered by the authorities to be a requirement to ensure safe UAV operations complying with regulations. At the end of the two days you will sit a Multiple Choice Examination. There are 50 questions, for each question you have to pick the correct answer from 4 possible answers; there will only be one correct answer. The course is delivered in English and is structured and delivered so as to ensure that you have the required knowledge to pass the exam by the time you come to sit it!

Course Contents

Air Law and Responsibilities
Airspace – Operating Principles
Aircraft Knowledge
Human Factors
Airmanship and Aviation Safety
Planning and Operating Procedures
Planning Scenarios
Theory Examination
Preparing for your Practical Test

PART 3 – Operations Manual (OM) Submission and Review
We will spend time during the Ground School to explain to you what is required for you to write your Operations Manual. This is a very important document and it is crucial that you are familiar with the contents. We will provide you with a comprehensive template, which takes almost all of the pain out of writing your Operations Manual. Once you have tailored the template manual to reflect your operation and the procedures you intend to follow, you submit the draft to IAMUAS, we will review it and let you know if we have any comments and suggestions.
PART 4 – Flight Operations Assessment (FOA)
Everything you have learnt in Ground School and the procedures you set out in your Operations Manual (OM) come together for the last part of the course, which is a Flight Operations Assessment (FOA). This will take the form of a notional client request for Aerial Work. We will send you a client brief, with details about the location and what you are being asked to do. You will agree a date for your FOA with your Examiner and then will need to demonstrate to the Examiner that you are capable of operating, using the procedures set out in your Operations Manual. You must further demonstrate that you, as Pilot-in-Command, have the flying skills necessary to conduct the flight competently and safely, whilst operating within the rules and regulations laid down by the HKCAD.

At some point during your FOA you will have to deal with a couple of simulated emergencies which will be given to you by the Examiner. You will also need to demonstrate to your Examiner that you are capable of flying your aircraft without GPS position hold (ATTI or Manual Mode).

IAMUAS highly recommends that pilots have their own third party liability insurance covering the requirements of the relevant legislation.

As from April 2018, Part 4 FOA is to be taken within 6 months of 1st attempt at Part 2 theory exam and after having had OM approved.

If you hold a UK, Australian or US Pilots Licence
If you hold a PPL, CPL or ATPL, provided that it has been ‘current’ since 1 January 2010, you are exempt from having to attend the theory part (Ground School) of the course. We call this option the ‘Abbreviated Course’. We give you access to the Online Learning System and send you the Course Handbook for self-study. Later, when you feel ready, you can submit your OM for review, then move on to take your Flight Operations Assessment. Part 4 FOA is to be taken within 6 months of accessing the Online Learning System, and after having had OM approved.

Please contact us directly to ask about applying for the ‘Abbreviated Course’.

Flight Training
IAMUAS also provides different levels of flight training to individual or corporation. We will bring you top-class, in-field UAV flight training and rental packages in conjunction with our CDP-C™ courses.
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