After attending a drone pilot course with Avtrain you will be one step closer to flying drones in any EASA member state. We are an Irish Aviation Authority Recognised Entity (IAA REF. IRL.DUTO-10007); therefore, all EASA member states recognise our certification. We designed our courses with all drone pilots and operators in mind. So, whether you want to fly a drone as a hobby or as a professional carrying out higher risk operations with drones of any size and weight we will support you. Our certification programs cover regulations in all categories, the Open category, Specific category and Certified Category.
Discover the path for all drone pilots and operators in all categories
Register as a pilot/operator with the Irish Aviation Authority on MySRS.
Get your Open A1/A3
Enrol on MySRS for the Open Subcategory A1/A3 training course and pass the test successfully or upload your A1/A3 Proof Of Online Training Certificate received from your National Aviation Authority.
Open Subcategory A2 Course
Complete your Open A2 training and exam.
Introductory Course to Drone Operations
This course is designed for all drone pilots and operators. You will get to meet our Captain Julie Garland. Together with Julie, you will go through an overview of rules and regulations governing drone pilots and operations.
Open Category A2 Training & Certification
We designed this course for hobby and professional pilots to fly drones in the Open Category A2.
Apply for your Open A2 Online
Log in to MySRS and apply for your Open A2 Remote Pilot Certificate of Competency. Make sure you carry out all the steps required until your application says“Pending DUTO review”.
Avtrain examiner endorses your theoretical knowledge for the Open A2 application on the MySRS.
Practical Flight Experience
Once your application has been endorsed you must log back into MySRS and self certify your practical competence.
Pay the relevant fee to the IAA for the grant of your Open A2 RPC, which will be valid for five years.
Specific Category Course
Complete your Operational Authorisation & STS 01 Declaration Course for the grant of Specific Category Theoretical Knowledge Certificate.
Specific Category Remote Pilot Training Course (STSs)
Avtrain Drone Academy designed this blended learning course for drone pilots who want to operate in controlled air space, or their drone operations have a higher risk.
Additional theoretical knowledge training specific to the intended UAS operation.
EASA UAS operation-specific endorsement courses
For the EASA Specific Category, the following are UAS operation-specific endorsement courses:
Night operations. During this course, we will cover these topics:
Degradation of visual acuity;
Altered visual-scanning techniques;
Altered identification of obstacles.
Overflight (flight over known populated areas or over assemblies of people). During this course, we will cover these topics:
Identification of populated areas and assemblies of people;
Optimising flight paths to reduce risk of exposure;
Likely operating sites and alternative sites;
Adequate clearance for wind effects, especially in urban environments;
Obstructions (wires, masts, buildings, etc.);
Avoiding third-party interference with the UA;
Minimum separation distances from persons, vessels, vehicles, and structures;
Impact of electromagnetic interference, i.e. high‑intensity radio transmissions;
Crowd control strategies and public access;
BVLOS operations. During this course, we will cover these topics:
Operation planning: airspace, terrain, obstacles, expected air traffic, and restricted areas;
Sensor systems and their limitations;
Cooperative and non‑cooperative aircraft (airspace surveillance);
Roles and responsibilities of the remote pilot to remain clear of collision;
Command, control and communication (C3) link performance and limitations;
Signal or communications latency for the C2 link;
Planning for the loss of the C2 link or for system failure;
Interpreting separate data sources;
Crew resource management (CRM).
low-altitude (below 500ft) operations. During this course, we will cover these topics:
Air traffic management (ATM) procedures;
Radio communications and phraseology;
Advanced aviation terminology.
flights in non-segregated airspace. During this course, we will cover these topics:
Clear roles and responsibilities;
transport and/or dropping of cargo. During this course, we will cover these topics:
Weight and balance;
Load securing and awareness of dangerous goods;
transport of dangerous goods. During this course, we will cover these topics:
Safe transport of dangerous goods;
Collecting safety data and records.
operations with multiple UASs and swarms. During this course, we will cover these topics:
Limitations related to human factors;
Navigating multiple platforms;
Recognising system failures;
Emergency containment procedures;
UA launch and recovery using special equipment. During this course, we will cover these topics:
Flying over mountainous terrain. During this course, we will cover these topics:
Higher winds through passes;
High- and low-pressure patterns;
Density altitude effects.
UAS Operational Authorisation Specific Courses
For the EASA Specific Category Operational Authorisation or LUC holders may decide to enrol their management personnel and drone remote pilots on the following courses:
Safety Management Systems
Emergency Response Planning: ERM and ERT.
Human Factor Management
Multi-crew cooperation (MCC)
UAS Operator and Management Personnel Responsibilities
Remote Pilot training course for SORA-based Operational Authorisations.
Bespoke UAS Operator and Remote Pilot Training Courses
These are a few notable courses we have developed so far:
Search and Rescue: Land and Water.
Get to know your drone.
Complex UAS organisations: Set-up and Management.
We have already started to collect students for the next training groups. Use the following form to express your interest. Press here.
We provide Consultancy
Our team will help businesses and organisations to incorporate Unmanned Aircraft Systems into daily operations. Our drone operations consultancy services include auditing and developing UAS inventories and stations, business strategy, cost benefit analysis and assessing your operations manual and risks. With a vast range of experience in delivering successful projects, we provide your team with the required tools, technical and practical training to run your drone operations successfully.
The operations manual is an essential addition to every Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program. It defines your drone operations, the specifics of how you will run safe and compliant operations within the relevant regulations. After consulting with you, our experienced aviation consultants will assess your risk under the required operational risk assessment methodology and provide you with an Operations Manual, which you will be submitting to the National Aviation Authority. You can opt in to our Manual Update Subscription Services to ensure you are always legally compliant and up to date with the regulations.
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