Tactical UAV Crew Training - Pilot & Payload Operator

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The aim of the “Tactical UAV Pilot and Payload Operator training” is to raise the future UAV crews capabilities to a technical level allowing them to attend a Type Rating training on any Tactical UAV System.

To optimize the training and make the students work as a crew from the start, both Pilots and Payload operators are trained together.

Audience & Prerequisites

  • Intermediate level in English (B1) ;
  • Degrees in physics, geography, computer sciences, and mathematics are desirable.
  • Number of trainees: Up to 16 trainees (8 pilots and 8 operators).

Course content

Students are paired up (UAV Pilot trainees and UAV Payload Operator trainees) and go through this course as a two-person flight crew. During the initial flight training, they are trained separately on their respective jobs, during the advanced flight training, they work together, coached by the instructors.

The initial flight training, aims at acquiring basic knowledge in the control of the UAV for the pilot and the payload for the sensor operator. The systems used are basic fixed and rotary wing mini UAV, fitted with a payload.

At the end of that phase:

  • The Pilot is able to control the take-off phase, landing phase and the UAV flight path in simple, complex and degraded environment.
  • The Payload Operator is able to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance of potential targets and areas of interest, detect, analyze and discriminate between valid and invalid targets using electro-optical full-motion video imagery.

The advanced flight training objective is for the crew to be able to control the aircraft, to plan, prepare and execute ISR long range missions. The systems used is a basic fixed wing tactical UAV.

At the end of that phase:

  • The Pilot is ready to fly the operational UAV in complex and degraded environment.
  • The Payload Operator is ready to execute operational UAV missions in complex and degraded environment.