Aviation – Small UAS (sUAS)

The team goes through a series of steps to pilot UAVs:

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  1. Safety

Aviation and drone safety is important to the here at Post 888. Some of the students of the team have accomplished the ground school and are planning on acquiring FAA certification to pilot drones commercially. The post regularly stays up to date on changes to the FAA rules and regulations.

 

Click here to learn about the new FAA Part 107FAA-Logo rule and other important information about operating UAS in the United States.

  1. Training

Proper training is important to the post. Beyond proper safety and regulation training, Post 888 also operates a number of flight simulators, such as the RealFlight RF7.5 RC Flight Simulator, to train students on how to pilot different aerial vehicles. The training of students on the flight simulator makes them more familiar with the elements that affect the aircraft in flight. In addition, the students fly smaller crafts to gain more practice before flying larger ones.

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  1. Flight Procedure

The team goes through a series of steps before even touching the drones.

  1. Check for land clearance and assess flight area.
  2. Setup drone and batteries.
  3. Look over drone components, propellers, and connect battery.
  4. Turn on the transmitter.
  5. Have the co-pilot visually observe the flight process and advise the pilot.
  6. Safely and efficiently pilot the aircraft under the established flight plan.

The pilot during the flight has his eyes always on the drone. The co-pilot is on standby making sure the operation is safe and clear from potential hazards.