Military Training

Over years of continuous combat operations, the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) within the military has significantly evolved.

These adaptations are reflected in the growth of platforms available and their expanding capabilities, which have considerably increased the military’s ability to gather intelligence, conduct surveillance and reconnaissance missions to gain essential Situational Awareness. UAS offer an agile, dedicated and specialist capability which is an enduring, and critical enabler to any force.  Quickly deployable, cost effective solution that reduces manpower requirements, offers a unique view from above, but more importantly provides ground commanders with a real-time view of a situation as they develop.

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Eagle Eye Innovations, Remote Unmanned Systems Training Academy (RUSTA) instructors are all Ex-Military or Emergency Services personnel and have vast experience in both manned and unmanned aircraft, conducting UAS missions within Segregated Airspace.

RUSTA has the only trained experienced Instructors in the industry, who were integral in the integration of UAS within Military Segregated Airspace at all RAF Main Operating Bases within the UK. Allowing operation of UAS alongside 5th Generation Fixed Wing Aircraft as well as Rotary Wing assets.

Although all RUSTA courses are delivered to a CAA approved syllabus, the classroom theory content is made relevant to the audience roles and responsibilities referencing to real life scenarios through UAS experience gained through operational deployments within the UK or around the world. Additionally, RUSTA will include mandatory Military Aviation Authority (MAA) documentation such as the RA1600, and have in depth expertise regarding the Military Aviation Authority requirements for RA 1600 Series to Operate UAS and can assist military units with its compliance to categorisation.

All of RUSTA’s courses are designed to the Defence Systems Approach to Training (DSAT) protocol which is familiar to all serving personnel in any of the UK’s Armed Forces.

At the end of the theory training the candidate will sit a CAA approved theory test requiring a minimum 75% pass mark.

The flying phase of the training can be carried out on your own UAS or on RUSTA’S supplied industry standard multirotor aircraft. The flying syllabus covers all the mandated elements required by the CAA and utilises a structured approach starting with multiple Air Handling exercises, Emergency Procedures and Mission Elements, with scenarios covering Intelligence, Surveillance & Recognisance (ISR) exercises. All training follows a systematic process with key learning objectives and ongoing assessment ending with a CAA Flight Assessment. On achieving the required standard, the candidate will be issued the A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 CofC) and the General Visual Line Of Sight Certificate (GVC).

RUSTA has, to date, delivered CAA accredited courses to the RAF, Army and Navy and is proud to deliver training back to the most professional Armed Forces in the world.


In 2021 RUSTA was awarded the Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award for its continuing support to Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

‘Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards are awarded to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans and their families.

To win an award, organisations must provide 10 extra paid days leave for Reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for veterans, Reserves, and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, as well as spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.

Organisations must also advocate the benefits of supporting those within the Armed Forces community by encouraging others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme.’

This award makes EEI one of only 493 Gold holders across the UK. Eagle Eye Innovations Ltd are a veteran owned and operated company. Our support to the Armed Forces, Veterans, Reservists, and their Families is deep in our DNA.

To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant visit:

More information on the Employer Recognition Scheme can be found at Defence Employer Recognition Scheme – GOV.UK (

Your Expert Trainers

  • Ian Galloway MBE, EEI-APS Training & Risk Manager

    A former RAF Regiment Warrant Officer with 35 years military experience. Ian is a specialist in the use of sUAS within the military Force Protection and Security sector. He was instrumental in the integration of sUAS within Military Segregated airspace at all RAF Main Operating Bases within the UK. He has in-depth expertise regarding the Military Aviation Authority requirements for RA 1600 Series to operate sUAS.

  • Tim Mitchell, EEI-APS Air Operations Manager

    Former Senior Operator for sUAS within the Royal Air Force. He has a depth of experience in coordinating drone operations within controlled and uncontrolled airspace. A subject matter expert in the use of sUAS within the military Force Protection and Security sector.

  • Kev Taylor, Head of Academy

    Subject Matter Expert Flight Instructor & Flight Assessor of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Specialist in the training of Military and Emergency Services personnel. He has more than 500 UAS flying hours in addition to over 1500 hours of manned flying experience and is one of the most experienced emergency services UAS operators within the UK.

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