This week I've studied for and handed the idea examination for a mixed A2 C of C and GVC course right here within the UK. For these not conscious; the A2 C of C is a minor qualification required to fly drones similar to my Mavic 2 in UK airspace, whereas the GVC is extra substantial and required to undertake any flights round "congested areas" i.e. residential, business, industrial buildings. I'm presently beginning out as an actual property drone photographer and so the GVC turned important for me to have the ability to function.
The GVC requires operators to finish a sensible flight examination along with the idea check - primarily demonstrating that the pilot is competent and able to planning drone operations, writing applicable danger assessments and flying the drone in a protected method.
So right here's the issue and my query:
My coaching supplier has stipulated that my pre-deployment survey should embrace and catalogue each airspace consumer and area of managed airspace beneath FL200 inside the flyaway bubble of my Mavic 2. After including the utmost permitted wind velocity to the drone's prime velocity, this creates a circle with a 35 mile radius - some three,850 sq. miles. My coaching supplier is located in southern England, which is peppered with numerous airfields, parachute websites and so forth. After working for six hours with the software program they advocate - SkyDemon and DroneAssist, I've recognized 37 distinct managed airspaces, and I've solely gone round 270 levels of the compass up to now. I can see the bottom websites - there are tons of of them. And I'm being requested to catalogue every one, together with a phone quantity which I'm suggested to seek out by way of google. All of those contribute to nothing greater than the pre-deployment aspect of 1 drone operation. There are some 6-7 different parts that I may also be assessed on.
At this level I'm utterly dejected, burned out, and have misplaced the desire to proceed. This after spending a strong eight hours a day for five days studying the idea examination content material and comfortably exceeding the move threshold on the mixed examination. I really feel as if regardless of having discovered a lot, this remaining activity is inconceivable to realize.
Has anybody else had an analogous expertise in passing (or trying to cross) the GVC flight examination? Is that this sheer quantity of labor what I ought to contemplate "regular" prior to every flight? Or is that this - as I really feel - outrageous? I don't need to identify the coaching supplier, however they've infinite "no refunds" and "no recommendation will probably be given until you pay us £100+ per hour to speak to us" clauses hooked up to the supply of their course supplies and directions. Suffice to say although, they're very very very excessive on the listing of beneficial coaching suppliers listed on the CAA web site.