UAV Photography Perth

Pixel Pilot are licensed remote pilots (RePL) operating independently under the remote pilot operator certification (ReOC) granted to Pixel Pilot by CASA, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (view certificate). All Pixel Pilot remote pilots completed training in Australian aviation regulations, flight theory, radio operation procedures, flight planning, RPA navigation and meteorology at Jandakot Aerodrome in Perth, Western Australia to gain their initial remote pilots licence (RePL).

(RePL) certification involved recorded flight log assessments, radio operator and RPA theory examinations, as well as drone / RPA flight training and examinations. (ReOC) certification involved additional training, theory assessments and includes ongoing monitoring by CASA.

Licensed, Certified & Insured

RPAS Certification for Pixel Pilot

After working with light weight Phantom drones and moving to the Inspire 2 drone with X5S camera, Pixel Pilot moved away from working under the UOC of it’s training organisation and gained it’s ReOC certification from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Pixel Pilot works to ensure the CASA moto of safe skies for all is reflected in every operation we do by conducting JSA risk assessments and in depth flight planning for every aerial booking made. With full public liability insurance up to $10 million, in-depth training, qualifications, certification and licensing, state of the art equipment and commitment to safe operations along with our highly competitive prices, Pixel Pilot is the best value aerial photography business in Perth.

UAV Flight Rules

UAV photography training at Jandakot Aerodrome in Perth, Western Australia.
UAV photography training at Jandakot Aerodrome in Perth, Western Australia.

Some rules that govern the use of drones apply to both certified operators and rules for model aircraft enthusiasts. The Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) apply to remotely piloted aircraft and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) administers the civil aviation act or the Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR 1988 or CASR 1998). For more information read this post.

UAV Navigation

Learning how to read and understand aerial navigation maps and charts formed part of the training Pixel Pilot operators receive, including:
  • VTC Chart (Visual Terminal Chart) – Scale 1:250, 000
  • VNC Chart (Visual Navigation Chart) – Scale 1:500, 000
  • WAC Chart (World Aeronautical Chart) – Scale 1:100,000
  • ERC-Low (En-Route Chart) – For operations below FL200
  • ERC-High (En-Route Chart) – For operations above FL200
  • PCA Chart (Planning Chart Australia)
  • ERSA Document (En-Route Supplement Australia)

Pixel Pilot operators have been trained in advanced aeronautical navigation and planning techniques, including topics such as the effects of density altitude, safe take of and landing, flight planning tools and navigation tools.

Theory of Flight

Before moving on to specific aspects of UAV / RPA operator training, Pixel Pilot was exposed to flight theory training. This component ensured our operators fully understand the basics of how both drones and fixed wing aircraft work. This included information regarding:

  • General control principles
  • Effects of aircraft controls
  • Stability
  • Drag – including wake turbulence
  • Induced drag
  • Skin friction
  • Form drag
  • Straight and level flight
  • Principles of climbing and descending
  • Propeller slipstream effects
  • Forced landing situations
  • Medium turns and steep turns
  • Stall effects

Radio

Pixel Pilot operators underwent radio operator training, hold aeronautical radio operator certificates and use two-way radios for communication with other aircraft. Our radio operator training included:

  • Radio frequency allocations – VHF – HF
  • Radio installation and controls
  • Instrument panel switches
  • Transponder codes
  • Aircraft radio call-signs
  • Registration numbers
  • Phonetic alphabet
  • Airspace classificationNon-towered aerodromes and CTAF’s
  • Radio procedures
  • Standard phraseology
  • Radio procedures – controlled airspace

Meteorology

Avoiding dangerous flight conditions is key to ensuring that no accidents happen, and not paying attention or ignoring dangerous conditions is a primary reason why pilots find themselves in trouble. As such, meteorology formed part of Pixel Pilot UAV training and included:

  • Cloud types and formation
  • Wind
  • Mechanical turbulence
  • Standard atmosphere figures for altitude, pressure and temperature
  • Weather synoptic charts
  • Weather forecast and NOTAM availability
  • Aera forecasts
  • The importance of checking NOTAMs and weather before flight