Under the EASA system, the Specific Category is the next step up from the Open Category. This page provides information for professionals working in either of these categories. This includes supplementary practical training for pilots who have gained their Open Category certificate, and theory and practical courses for the EASA Standard Scenario. As a government-designated entity we are authorised to issue theory and practice certificates for UAS pilots, as required for Specific Category operations.
SPECIFIC CATEGORY STANDARD SCENARIO 01 COURSE
The EASA Specific Category is targeted at professional drone operators. These operations can be undertaken with a permit issued by ILT (Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport – Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate). The requirements for obtaining this permit include evidence that the pilots are qualified for the relevant operations. This course covers the knowledge and learning targets which EASA has set for pilots undertaking Standard Scenario 01 operations in the Specific Category. The course certificates also provide evidence of the pilot’s qualifications for other scenarios and operations.
SPECIFIC CATEGORY OPERATIONS WORKSHOP
This one-day workshop covers all aspects of applying for a permit. As a result, new operators can work independently, effectively and in full compliance with the legal requirements. The workshop addresses issues such as: What requirement is defined where, and how should I interpret it? What should an operating manual include? What is the full range of required documents? When should I use a particular template (e.g. STS-01/02 or PDRA)? When do I have to develop a Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA)?
SPECIFIC CATEGORY NAVIGATION COURSE
This four-hour classroom course is combined with a comprehensive e-learning package covering the aeronautical knowledge required to prepare for any professional UAS operation in European airspace.
EASA requires anyone operating under the Specific Category to have adequate air navigation skills. This course was developed for UAS operators and pilots intending to work under the Specific Category but who currently do not have demonstrable, relevant air navigation skills (PPL/CPL/RPA-L/etc.) . The EASA Specific Category Navigation Course concludes with a classroom exam at the end of the half-day course. Successful candidates receive a DDA certificate.
EASA SORA WORKSHOP WITH MARK HULLEGIE
During this two-day course/workshop you will learn how to write a Concept of Operations (ConOps) and Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA). It starts with the basics: the ConOps. During this course we provide you with templates to enable you to do your work more effectively. Although the course is primarily practical, it also covers the theory and background information about key SORA concepts. All SORA stages are covered: ARC, GRC, SAIL through to OSOs. The learning objectives include key SORA concepts, being able to write a ConOps and a SORA, and learning about the key choices and uncertainties.
Our training programmes cover a range of options. In most cases, the objectives and schedule are discussed during an intake session. This covers aspects such as:
- Mandatory self-training for A2
- EASA Specific Category practical training
- General flying skills practical training
- Video and photography practical training
- UAS emergency scenarios (short and long range)
- UAS flight preparation practical training
3D MAPPING (PHOTOGRAMMETRY) WITH PIETER FRANKEN
In this one-day introductory workshop to 3D mapping with a UAS you will learn about the theory and practice of mapping objects and buildings using a UA fitted with a camera. The basics of photogrammetry, coordinate systems, GPS/GNSS, data processing, suitable UAS and cameras, are covered in several presentations, along with the deliverables required and the application of the resulting data. You will learn about key concepts such as accuracy, precision and resolution, and the possibilities and limitations of photogrammetry.