As UAV technology matures and devices become both more cost-effective and more capable, individual users and organisations are looking for training solutions that enable them to operate UAVs in a broad range of settings. Recognized by the UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as a National Qualified Entity (NQE) for UAV training design and delivery, Strat Aero has developed a range of professional training solutions for both commercial and public sector clients.

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The Applied Unmanned Technical Qualification (AUTQ): Designed by Professionals for Professionals

Strat Aero's Applied Unmanned Technical Qualification (AUTQ) is designed to provide a level of knowledge and ability not currently provided by commercially available training courses. The driving factor behind the development of the AUTQ programme has been the need for professional training for operators providing professional services to commercial clients.

Specifically, the AUTQ programme helps to develop all the flight skills that operators need to operate unmanned aerial systems safely and effectively in a commercial environment.


The AUTQ syllabus has been established by leading experts from the unmanned industry. The training and instructional team includes

  • The Head of Flight Training from one of the UK's leading Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) recognised flight training schools

  • The Chief Instructor and Commander of Standards and Evaluation for the Royal Air Force MQ-9 Reaper fleet

  • Industry experts from the commercial and military unmanned aviation sector who in total have several thousand hours of flight experience with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles



The AUTQ syllabus is split into two distinct stages:

  • Ground School - classroom tuition, five days with four main lecture periods per day

  • Flight Training - field based practical flight training and assessment, a further five days

Course content includes the following modules:

  • Air Law

  • UAS principals of Flight

  • UAS components

  • Airspace Classification & Aviation Charts

  • Human Factors

  • UAS Flight Safety

  • Navigation and GPS

  • Meteorology

  • Operations Procedures & Documentation

  • Operations Manual Overview

  • Pre Planning Documentation

  • Commercial factors

  • Airmanship

Classes are limited to a maximum of 8 participants, and students will pair up at the start of each course to practice the roles of pilot and observer.


Military/Special Forces Training

As part of Strat Aero's complete package of UAV solutions, we provide specialist training for Public Sector clients, including military and law enforcement users.


Strat Aero can help by delivering custom training programmes that not only teach the basics of UAV operation, but are specifically tailored to mission objectives. These can include

  • Surveillance and intelligence gathering (ISTAR)

  • Border patrol

  • Anti-piracy

  • Counter-insurgency

  • Search-and-rescue

  • Fixed base security

All courses follow a highly structured training and assessment process, documented in the Course Training Plan (CTP). The CTP documents the Training Objectives (TOs) and incorporates Instructional Specifications (ISPECS) to ensure that key points are covered and that the Enabling Objectives (EOs) are met for each lesson.

The courses contain both formative and summative assessment elements. Formative testing helps both student and instructor recognise lapses in learning so that corrective action can be initiated, and also helps to improve retention where learning has occurred. It also enables instructors to quickly identify those students who require remedial training. The course instructors will conduct formative testing after each period of instruction as confirmation and at periods during the course as progress assessments.

The purpose of summative assessment is to confirm the competence of the student in the theoretical knowledge and practical skills as stated in relevant Training Objectives. The written summative assessments will be carried out at the most appropriate time in the course to confirm the students' ability to satisfy the requirements of the Training Objectives.

Summative assessments examine all Training Objectives on a pass/fail basis with students required to pass all assessments. Typically students must achieve 100% in each safety related assessment, 70% in each theory assessment, and must pass each summative practical assessment in order to pass the course.

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In some cases, Strat Aero will customize and deliver surrogate and/or optionally manned UAV platforms as part of the training delivery programme. These surrogate systems accurately replicate the experience of flying operational assets, enabling students to learn quickly and cost-effectively without putting high value equipment at risk. This is particularly useful for Launch & Recovery (LRE) training, enabling students to practise with systems specifically designed to support multiple LRE cycles per hour with minimum downtime.