Words By: RUSTA Training
The Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong have been investigating how the United Kingdom, America and Australian UAV businesses operate before implementing their own training course procedures and regulations.
RUSTA were honoured to be selected from a number of NQE’s to spend the week with the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong this month offering their regulatory consultancy services.
The Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong Head Quarters is located next to Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok, with the assistance of RUSTA they are exploring the concept to introduce new regulation and legislation for sub 20kg UAV market in Hong Kong.
During the week, Jim Rowlands one of the senior RUSTA instructors, covered how theoretical elements are taught in the UK. This included Air Law, Principles of Flight, Meteorology, CAPS, Lithium Polymer Batteries, Emergency Procedures and Human Factors.
Jim also engaged delegates in a practical element of basic flying exercises and proficiency evaluations which took place at Tseung Kwan O, located north east of Kowloon. This is an old land fill site which has a purpose-built runway for model aircraft and has a dedicated air space up to 200ft. The 7 members of staff who participated from the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong used a Mavic Pro and a Phantom 4 when flying, as a group they collectively wrapped up over 20 hours of flying which was a vital learning experience.
Hong Kong member of parliament Mr Jeremy Tam was present throughout the week to gain great depth and understanding of the UK regulations and processes.
RUSTA look forward to returning to Hong Kong in the near future.