Type Specific Technical Training

Type Specific Technical Training

Type Specific Technical Training is targeted at candidates who wish to arrange their own technical training rather than undertake training provided by the manufacturer of the RPAS they intend to operate. Candidates may choose this path if they feel manufacturer’s support is inadequate or if they wish to operate a RPAS for which no training is available. The knowledge gained during training will enable candidates discharge their AWP holder responsibility to operate and maintain airworthy aircraft.

Owing to the extensive variety of RPAS airframe types available to candidates and the wide range of backgrounds possessed by applicants, the training needs of individual candidates vary enormously. In order to cater for diverse levels of prior knowledge and practical experience, instruction takes the form of one-to-one tutorials. This approach enables instructors to deliver explanations and advice at an appropriate level of detail and ensures training covers all operating and airworthiness issues relating to the candidate’s particular RPAS and proposed missions.

Study material presented to candidates is drawn from ‘stock’ courses. These courses expand on topics introduced in the aeronautical knowledge course with particular emphasis on operation, maintenance, and airworthiness issues. For this reason it is imperative that candidates provide specifications of the airframe(s) they intend to operate prior to commencement of training. Candidates should be encouraged to complete Aeronautical Knowledge Ground School before undertaking type specific training so that they embark upon technical training possessing a solid foundation of technical knowledge.

Course Content

The following Type Specific Technical Training subjects are offered:

1) MEMS Autopilot Systems

This course is targeted at operators who intend to conduct their own autopilot maintenance yet lack technical backgrounds. It expands on material introduced in the Aeronautical Knowledge Small Unmanned Aircraft Flight Control, Telemetry and Navigation Systems course and looks in more detail at the following aspects of flight control systems:

2) Multi-Rotor (Drone) Operation and Airworthiness

This course targets RPAS candidates who plan to operate drones for which manufacturer’s operations and maintenance courses are unavailable. It aims to provide candidates with sufficient knowledge to author operational instructions, technical descriptions and maintenance details required for AWP documentation and to configure and operate their RPAS with confidence.

3) Fixed-wing Airframe Operation and Maintenance

This course targets UAS candidates who plan to operate fixed-wing airframes for which manufacturers’ operations and maintenance courses are unavailable.

4) Single-Rotor Helicopter Airframe Operation and Maintenance

Candidates whose RPAS applications demand a hovering aerial platform capable of lifting payloads of more than about 7kg usually turn to traditional helicopter airframes. This course familiarises candidates with no prior experience of remote control helicopter operation with this class of aircraft. Both theoretical and practical topics are tackled.

5) Miniature Petrol and Glow Fuel Engine Operation and Maintenance

This course introduces model aircraft two and four stroke internal combustion engines. Explanations are expressed in terms candidates with little or no engineering experience can understand. The following topics are examined.

6) Electric Propulsion Systems

In order to operate an electrically propelled aircraft confidently, the operator requires a rudimentary knowledge of electronics, needs to be thoroughly familiar with his or her aircraft’s electrical installation, and must maintain a healthy respect for battery care.


Each course requires approximately five hours of study. Self-assessment questions included in study material prepare the candidate for oral questioning that forms part of his/her operational evaluation. The IAA flight assessment will include oral questioning on type specific topics in particular relation to the candidates Technical Manual.

Once the SkyTec Academy supervisor has received sufficient details of the candidate’s RPAS, a study guide comprising relevant topics is compiled and sent to the candidate via email. The candidate is briefed before he or she commences to study each topic, and a review of that topic carried out when studies are complete. Briefings and reviews are conducted via phone/Skype.


When both tutor and candidate are satisfied that a satisfactory level of knowledge has been attained, the candidate is awarded a study completion certificate. This certificate will be acceptable to the IAA and should be presented to the Authority during the process of applying for an Aerial Work Permission.