Drone Pilot Licence – please comment!

I need your advice and feedback please!

In time, it is intended that the college drone will be available to some members of staff for use in education and learning activities,  With that in mind, I am trying to devise a ‘drone pilot licence’ (achievement will only permit the user to fly the college drone, of course!).  Those wishing to apply for the licence will be provided with information regarding both the legalities and practicalities of drone use.  Once they feel ready, they can then apply for their test.  Below is my draft attempt at writing this test (the format hasn’t quite held but I think you should be able to see what I intend) but I would greatly value any views/advice/suggestions.  Thanks in advance!

Drone Pilot Licence

The Drone Pilot Licence must be achieved before you may borrow the college drone, or fly it independently.

The test has 3 parts: 1 – drone theory; 2 – ground station understanding; 3 – a flight test. You must pass all 3 elements to achieve the licence.

  Activity – Drone Theory Achieved
1 What is the maximum distance you are allowed to fly the drone?
2 What is the maximum height you are allowed to fly the drone?
3 How do you regain manual control of the drone from a pre-programmed flight?
4 How often should you calibrate the compass?
5 How can you tell how much battery life is available?
6 How close to an airport can you fly the drone?
7 What distance should you maintain between the drone and any people?
8 How does the Data Protection Act relate to using the drone?
9 What is the minimum distance required between the drone and any vehicle or structure which is not under your control?
10 Why is it essential that the college drone is not used for commercial purposes?

You must achieve all points below in order to qualify as a drone pilot.

  Activity – Ground Station Understanding Achieved
1 Connect the drone Wi-Fi
2 Calibrate the compass
3 Set a flight path of 5 waypoints
4 Set video for recording
  Activity – Flying Achieved
1 Take off and land with camera facing away from you, battery facing toward you
2 Hover in one spot, keeping camera facing away from you
3 Fly forward, back, left, right
4 Fly the Phantom 30 feet away from you, then fly back, keeping the camera facing away from you
5 Fly a 4-point square box, clockwise, hovering at each corner before proceeding
6 Fly a 4-point square box, counter clockwise, hovering at each corner before proceeding
7 Rotate the Phantom 360 degrees clockwise
8 Rotate the Phantom 360 degrees counter clockwise
9 Fly a circle, clockwise
10 Fly a circle, counter clockwise
11 Fly a figure of eight
12 Video record flying a 4-point square box
Pilot Status Drone Theory Ground Station Flying Test Action Required
Achieved
Retake required

Pilot Name:                                                                                                                

Examiner Name:             

Date:    

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