This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to manage remote pilot aircraft systems (RPAS) energy source requirements, in compliance with relevant regulatory requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and national operating standards.
It includes planning energy source requirements, managing energy source system, and refuelling and recharging the RPAS.
This unit addresses aviation technical skill requirements (physical, mental and task-management abilities) related to aircraft operational duties of flight crew and ground personnel, and contributes to safe and effective performance in complex aviation operational environments.
Operations are conducted as part of recreational, commercial and military aircraft activities across a variety of operational contexts within the Australian aviation industry.
Work is performed independently or under limited supervision within a single-pilot or multi-crew RPAS environment.
Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements are applicable to this unit.
Use for Defence Aviation is to be in accordance with relevant Defence Orders, Instructions, Publications and Regulations.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Elements describe the essential outcomes.
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.
Plan energy source requirements
Total en route and reserve energy source requirements are calculated and determined in accordance with RPAS type specific requirements
Adjusted allowances are made for possible abnormal or emergency situations
Energy source calculations are documented in accordance with workplace procedures
Manage energy source system
Energy source contents and quality are inspected and confirmed before launch
RPAS is configured to achieve desired profile, range or endurance status
Potential hazards are anticipated and relevant controls are implemented
Energy source system is operated in accordance with aircraft flight manual (AFM)/pilotâ€™s operating handbook (POH)
Energy source status is monitored throughout flight and is modified appropriately as circumstances change
Work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) procedures are followed at all times when carrying out energy source management procedures
Appropriate precautions are undertaken to ensure the safety of personnel and property during refuelling/recharging operations
RPAS is correctly refueled/recharged in accordance with AFM/POH, WHS/OHS requirements, regulatory requirements and workplace procedures
Evidence of Performance
Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements, performance criteria and range of conditions on at least one occasion and include:
adapting to differences in equipment and operating environment in accordance with standard operating procedures
applying precautions and required action to minimise, control or eliminate identified hazards
applying relevant legislation and workplace procedures
applying relevant safety practices and regulations
calculating energy source allowances, consumption and endurance
communicating effectively with others
completing relevant documentation
identifying and correctly using relevant equipment
identifying applicable grade of fuel/fuel cell/battery for remote pilot aircraft system (RPAS) type
implementing contingency plans
implementing safety precautions during RPA refuelling/recharging
implementing work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) procedures and relevant regulations
interpreting and following operational instructions and prioritising work
maintaining compliance with regulatory requirements
maintaining relevant workplace records
managing operation of RPAS energy source systems
modifying activities depending on workplace contingencies, situations and environments
monitoring and anticipating operational problems and hazards and taking appropriate action
monitoring energy source usage to achieve desired profile, range or endurance following configuration changes
monitoring work activities in terms of planned schedule
operating electronic communications equipment to required protocol
performing energy source quality control checks
planning RPAS energy source requirements
reading, interpreting and following relevant regulations, instructions, procedures, information and signs
recognising deteriorating situations impacting on energy source requirements
reporting and/or rectifying identified problems promptly, in accordance with regulatory requirements and workplace procedures
selecting and using required personal protective equipment conforming to industry and WHS/OHS standards
working collaboratively with others
working systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self or others, or damage to goods or equipment.
Evidence of Knowledge
Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements, performance criteria and range of conditions and include knowledge of:
aerodynamic, engine and airframe requirements for RPAS to achieve best range and endurance
aeronautical decision-making processes
calculation of conversion between imperial and metric measures
dangers of using the incorrect grade of fuel/fuel cell/battery
energy source consumption of RPAS at varying propulsion and systems power settings
energy source principles relating to RPAS
energy source reserve requirement for RPAS
energy source transfer equipment appropriate for the type of RPA and energy source being used
error management, including error types, causes and consequences
factors affecting energy source consumption
hazards that exist when refuelling/recharging RPAS and related hazard control procedures and precautions
in a Defence context, relevant Defence Orders and Instructions
methods of identifying applicable grade of fuel/ fuel cell/battery for RPAS type
mixture leaning or power conservation techniques
operation of the specific RPAS energy source system
principles of RPAS energy source systems
problems that may occur when managing RPAS energy source and appropriate action that should be taken in each case
regulations and procedures for refuelling/recharging RPAS
relevant sections of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations and Civil Aviation Orders
relevant WHS/OHS and environmental procedures and regulations
stress, workload and time pressure management.
As a minimum, assessors must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.
As a minimum, assessment must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.
Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.
Assessment must occur in workplace operational situations. Where this is not appropriate, assessment must occur in simulated workplace operational situations that reflect workplace conditions.
Resources for assessment must include access to:
a range of relevant exercises, case studies and/or simulations
acceptable means of simulation assessment
applicable documentation including workplace procedures, regulations, codes of practice and operation manuals
relevant materials, tools, equipment and personal protective equipment currently used in industry.
Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.
Range is restricted to essential operating conditions and any other variables essential to the work environment.
Energy source must include one or more of the following:
other power producing source
other renewable energy
power producing sources that power the on-board systems and thrust producing components of the specific RPAS
Energy source allowances must be made for one or more of the following:
en route and destination meteorological forecasts
fixed energy source reserves
operational tasking requirements
Y â€“ Aircraft Operation and Traffic Management