Resource Group, a UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) National Qualified Entity (NQE) training organisation, has launched its Remote Pilot Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Portal.
The RPAS Portal is an integrated, web based, software solution created to dramatically streamline the day to day activities of RPAS pilots and operators. Designed to provide a central location, actively promoting airworthiness, safety and the maintenance of flight logs – the RPAS Portal functions on all mainstream technology platforms, giving users online access to the system anytime, anywhere.
Recent media coverage has highlighted growing concerns within the Aviation sector and amongst the general public for safety and data protection whilst operating RPAS. Resource Group has created the RPAS Portal to address these concerns and promote best practice and safety compliance within a rapidly growing industry.
The House of Lords “Civilian use of drones in the EU” report and the UK CAA CAP 722 guidance document, recommend adopting a risk based approach to Safety Regulations for RPAS. As stated within the House of Lords report published on March 2nd 2015, “…the creation of an online database through which commercial ators could log their flight plans and data protection policy is now needed.”
Resource Group believes the RPAS Portal is of enormous benefit to the RPAS industry by providing a convenient, efficient and secure tool through which pilots and operators can share details of their flights with other airspace users, the general public and the regulatory authorities. The RPAS Portal greatly reduces the amount of time spent planning, managing, recording and reporting information thereby driving efficiency whilst promoting a safety first, best practice approach.
The RPAS Portal is built around an online database that provides process forms, reporting formats and regulatory guidance to improve the consistency of operators’ approach to providing RPAS services including requirements related to data protection. Data on the RPAS Portal is securely stored and can be used by an operator (individual or corporate) to support Currency and Competency (C2) and Safety case submissions. The RPAS Portal provides a level playing field for all RPAS operators by recognising and supporting qualifications from all National Qualified Entity (NQE) training providers.
The RPAS Portal is of relevance to all RPAS stakeholders, including RPAS service clients searching for RPAS service providers meeting their project criteria.
Reg Gott, CEO of Resource Group commented: “With the recent release of the House of Lords report and the UK CAA CAP 722 guidance documentation, the focus on safety when operating unmanned aircraft is sharper than ever. Resource Group has a long tradition of supplying training and professional support services to the Aviation sector and holds many accreditations from the UK CAA, not least of which is our accreditation as a National Qualified Entity (NQE) to deliver required RPAS training leading to CAA Permissions for Aerial Work. Building on our safety ethos, we use our knowledge, expertise and established training solutions to educate RPAS operators and pilots as well as RPAS service clients on how to deliver safe and effective RPAS operations. Regulatory compliance is a cornerstone of the Resource Group RPAS Portal. The RPAS Portal is an excellent platform for the entire RPAS community and through our close links with both Industry experts and regulators we have established an extensive functionality road map to ensure all RPAS Portal users stay ahead of the rapidly evolving curve.”