Belfast Venue Announced for UAV Pilot Training

Belfast plane

12 October 2015 – Bristol, UK

RUSTA has announced that it will be heading over to Belfast to train Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operators in November.

To become a trusted, professional UAV pilot, and legally qualified to use an unmanned aircraft for commercial work in the UK, Northern Ireland candidates can now book onto the Remote Pilot Certificate SUAS course which will begin on Tuesday 3rd of November.

The first phase of the course consists of Ground School training over two and a half days. This will be held at offices in Dunmurry and cover all aspects of UAV operation including:

  • Air Law
  • Theory of Flight
  • Meteorology
  • Civil Aviation Procedures (CAPS)
  • Navigation
  • Lithium Polymer Batteries
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Human Factors
  • Flight Planning and
  • Ops Manual Development


Completion of the ground school course provides candidates with their CAA approved theory certificate (Remote Pilot Certificate Theory).

Once the ground school phase has been completed, candidates will go on to create their Ops Manual with the full support of the RUSTA team.

The final stage in the process is the Operational Evaluation (or Flight Test). This will take place at a location outside of Belfast at a date in January, or can be completed earlier at one of the existing RUSTA test sites including Bristol, Lincoln and Blackpool.

No previous UAV experience is necessary to join the course, as the highly experienced instructors adapt training to cover every candidate’s needs.

The Belfast course is a first for RUSTA, to cater for the demand it has received from the Northern Ireland UAV market. There are limited space available, so please call RUSTA on +44 (0)1454 643 100 or email to book on the course or discuss training options.