25 Sep Part101 MoS 2018 and the impact on training.
Well, the new Part101 MoS is in the final comment stage and should be in effect by end of 2018.
It will have a major impact on the RePL training format and costs, but provide a standard reference for all training.
Impact on RPAS industry
Aeronautical theory standards for ab-initio RePL applicants, including a directory of required knowledge units; aeronautical theory examination standards, including a knowledge deficiency process; practical operation standards for RePL applicants, including topics, tolerances, ranges of variables and a directory of practical operation units; and flight test standards:
• The MOS introduces a tailor-made syllabus for remote pilot training. It supersedes the original syllabus published by the Transport and Logistics Industries Skills Council (TLISC) beginning in the early 2000s and updated in recent times. The new syllabus is more relevant than the older syllabus, aiming to ensure that remote pilot training provides the necessary information and skills to ensure RPAS operations are safe for both the wider aviation industry and the public at large. The syllabus is also designed to improve professionalism in the RPAS industry, particularly as operations and equipment become more complex and remote pilots move on from simple visual-line-of-sight flying (e.g., into extended visual line of sight operations).
• Delivery of the new syllabus will most likely entail additional training time, in the order of 1 to 2 days. This additional time will probably increase costs for an applicant for a remote pilot licence. However, CASA believes that the resultant improvement in the quality of remote pilots warrants the change in the interests of ongoing safety for the wider aviation industry and the public generally.