Responding to the rapid growth in demand for training in the area of unmanned aerial systems, Qinetiq’s Empire Test Pilots’ School, located at the UK Ministry of Defence MOD Boscombe Down site, late last month completed its first “Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems Trials and Evaluation” short course. Fourteen delegates from the UK armed forces and civilian personnel from Qinetiq attended.
Part of the course allowed students to apply techniques learned in the classroom during a simulated flight trial with an observer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). They also witnessed a live demonstration of a British Army UAV being flown in an operational scenario. Qinetiq developed the course over the past year in response to the large number of UAVs in development and the need for armed services and other organizations to evaluate the effectiveness and suitability of the systems for various roles.