UAS/drones training entities

General information


    With the entry into application of the Implementing Regulation as of 31/12/2020, the training powers laid down in Royal Decree 1036/2017 of 15 December 2017 cease to apply to the training of remote pilots of UAS who are to carry out activities covered by the Regulation (those other than those referred to in Article 2(3) of the basic Regulation (EC) 1139/2018).

    On the other hand, for those activities not covered by Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947, known as NO EASA activities, for a transitional period until the publication of the Royal Decree UAS, the articles concerning training of remote pilots detailed in Royal Decree 1036/2017 will continue to apply.

    For more information in this regard, see EASA’s Information Note:

    Web note training organisations v1

    To understand the levels of training and their competences, EASA has structured them into a training pyramid, which can be seen together with the training skills in the following EASA information note:

    Web note — UAS v2 Remote Pilot Training Skills

     

Open category


    In the following document you can see in detail the training required and the training scheme defined for the open category:

    Training scheme A1-A3 and A2 v2

    The following is detailed for the different subcategories of operations within the open category, who carries out the required training and examinations in each case:

    1. Subcategory A1

    a) For operations with Class C1 marked UAS, the required training and examination shall be carried out by AESA, which shall issue after passing the exam the “Test of completion of online training”.

    B) For operations with UAS other than Class C1, training is not regulated, it consists only of familiarisation with the instructions provided by the UAS manufacturer.

    1. Subcategory A2

    It is necessary to pass an additional theoretical knowledge examination carried out by AESA, which will issue the “Certificate of Remote Pilot Competence” after passing it.
    The theoretical training on which the EASA examination will be based is not regulated, either by the pilot student himself or with the help of a training institution.
    The subjects on which the examination will be based can be seen in the syllabus shown at the following link: Syllabus A2 v1

    1. Subcategory A3

    The required training and examination will be carried out by EASA, which will issue after passing the exam the “Online training pass test” (same pass test as for subcategory A1).

Specific category — Theoretical training in national standard scenarios (STS-ES)


    It is necessary to pass an additional theoretical knowledge examination carried out by AESA, which will issue after passing it the “Certificate of Remote Pilot theoretical knowledge” for STS-ES.

    The theoretical training on which the EASA examination will be based is not regulated, either by the pilot student himself or with the help of a training institution.

    The subjects on which the examination will be based can be seen in the syllabus shown at the following link:

    Syllabus exam theoretical knowledge STS v1

     

Specific category — Practical training in national standard scenarios (STS-ES)


    Training and assessment of practical skills required for remote pilots wishing to operate in national standard scenarios may be carried out by recognised entities or UAS operators declaring to provide such training.

    Such recognised entities or UAS operators shall:

    The guidance material, which can be found below, contains the model of the accreditation to be completed by the declared recognised entity or UAS operator, which has delivered the training and practical evaluation.

    Guide to Accreditation of Training and Practical Skills Assessment STS v3

     

    To see in detail this training, it is recommended to read the following training scheme:

    STS v2 training scheme

     

    1. Entities recognised by EASA

    Entities recognised by EASA that intend to provide practical remote pilot training in national standard scenarios shall first submit an operational declaration to EASA through the following link:

    Link to the electronic site for filing a declaration as a recognised entity

    In the following link you can consult a guide that indicates step by step how to correctly present the declaration as a recognised entity, as well as the student statement.

    Reporting Guide for Recognised Entities v4

     

    In summary, the documentation to be provided when making the declaration as recognised through the AESA website consists of:

    • The STS-ES declaration duly completed and signed.
    • In the case of a legal person, a notarial instrument or a document of incorporation of the company in which the person indicated as a representative has been appointed must be provided.
    • In the case of a natural person who submits the statement by representative, he/she will need to present a valid power of attorney or statement of appearance.

     

    Once your application has been submitted via an e-site, such an entity can begin to practice as recognised and provide training for this national standard scenario. In cases where the application is not correct for any reason, it will be resolved with a decision for non-compliance and a new application must be submitted.

    In addition, recognised entities that use UAS from their possession to provide practical training, must register as UAS operators and include the operator number in all their UAS. All information related to the operator register is compiled in the web section Drone Operator Register/UAS

    A List of Recognised Entities (periodic update) is available below.

     

    Recognised entities that declare to provide practical remote pilot training shall submit the declaration of students who have passed the practical assessment and obtained the accreditation of practical skills on a monthly basis. Such dispatch shall be effected through the procedure by which they have been declared. For more information, please refer to point 2 of the guide for the submission of the declaration of recognised entities, which can be found above in this section.

     

    *Note: It is only necessary to send the student statement if you have issued an accreditation of practical skills in the last period of approximately one month.

     

    1. UAS operators declared to provide practical training

    UAS operators intending to provide practical remote pilot training in national standard scenarios shall first submit to EASA an operational declaration in the desired national standard scenario (STS-ES), and subsequently declare themselves in the formation of that national standard scenario (STS-ES-TR). Both statements are made through the following link:

    Link to the electronic site for filing a declaration as UAS Operator

    These operators must send the declaration of students who have passed the practical assessment and obtained the accreditation of practical skills on a monthly basis, through a general request. For this purpose, they may use the student declaration format for operators v2.

     

    *Note: It is only necessary to send the student statement if you have issued an accreditation of practical skills in the last period of approximately one month.

Specific category — Authorisation scheme


    The theoretical and practical training necessary to carry out operations under authorisation may be independent of the other training indicated above, and must be carried out in those cases considered, in collaboration with a designated entity.

    The training requirements shall be specifically defined in each of the authorisations issued by EASA.

    In the following document you can see in detail the training required and the training scheme defined for the specific category under authorisation regime:

    Specific category training scheme under authorisation scheme v2

    To contact AESA regarding remote pilot training organisations UAS has been enabled an email:
    formaciondrones.aesa@seguridadaerea.es

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