Two members of staff have become BNUS-S qualified this week. Congratulations to Leigh Harris and Mark Entwistle on gaining this qualification.
What Is a BNUC-S Qualification
The BNUC-S™ (Basic National UAS Certificate for Small Unmanned Aircraft) introduced in April 2010 is aimed at the operation of aircraft below 20Kg. Even relatively small aircraft in this category have sophisticated flight control systems and functions which the Pilot must master before they are able to fly the aircraft safely. This is now the standard qualification accepted by the UK CAA for Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) and by the Insurance industry.
The BNUC-S™ is also applicable internationally in support of companies and National Authorities committed to the safe operation of unmanned aircraft. It provides a common basis for the acceptance of pilot competence in relation to the operation of UAS.
The BNUC-S™ qualification for systems <20Kg consists of two parts:-
PART 1 – Ground School Examination (Level 1). A 2-day course which informs attendees of the requirements necessary to become an Operator and/or Pilot. The course also covers the syllabus required for the Part 1 Examination. The course is delivered by EuroUSC™ or by an Approved Organisation. The aim of the BNUC-S™ Ground School Course is to assist potential UAS pilots and those staff involved in UAS operations, to reach the required level of knowledge and understanding to operate a light UAS in the environments that they are most likely to encounter. In the first instance most operations will be in the 500m/400′ “bubble” using Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) principles.
PART 2 – Flight Test Examination (Level 1). The examination assesses the skills of the Pilot against the Operations Manual.
As BNUS-S qualified pilots Mark and Leigh are now fully competent and insured to fly aerial surveying missions and are looking forward to the diversity of the jobs that this exciting industry provides.
Thank you to everyone at EuroUSC for their support and advice.