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BNUC-S - Basic National UAS Certificate – Small Unmanned Systems

Started by Jumpy07, Wednesday,November 21, 2012, 18:02:43

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Been looking at whats involved in being able to do commercial work.. looks like... in UK there are only two locations that do the training and tests.... Warwickshire and Ireland .. costs and detail below..


Basic National UAS Certificate - Small Unmanned Systems

FEES, TERMS and CONDITIONS - Issue 2.1 Valid from 1st November 2012

To obtain a BNUC-S™ qualification candidates must pass both a multiple choice Ground School

Examination (PART 1) covering theory and a Flight Test Examination (PART 2) covering flight
operation skills.

A Ground School Course is now included which provides the necessary knowledge and
understanding specifically for the BNUC-S™ PART 1 Ground School Examination.

BNUC-S™ PART 1 - Ground School Course and Examination:
• Ground School Course including Examination and debrief (2 days). £700
The Course includes all required materials, refreshments and lunch
on both days. Accommodation is not included.
• Ground School Examination only. £350

BNUC-S™ PART 2 - Flight Test Examinations:
• Ad hoc Flight Examination Day (single candidate) £500
• Scheduled Flight Examination Day £350

PILOT/CREW CURRENCY - Annual inspection of BNUC-S™ Log Book £75

Annual update subscription to EuroUSC™ Light UAS Handbook £250

So from this I assume that you have to get annual update and annual log book inspection .. is this mandatory ?.. as this seems quite expensive.. total £325 pa
BNUC-S Pilot with PfCo /PFAW.
UAQ / CAA PfCo Instructor / Flight Assessor

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing"


Yikes this is a no go I think..

CAA annual fee is £130

Insurance - 5 million liability and 6k equipment /for example) £570 per year

So after sitting your test etc,.. quite heavy annual fees..  so would need to be serious about earning a living doing aerial work before it would make sense...
BNUC-S Pilot with PfCo /PFAW.
UAQ / CAA PfCo Instructor / Flight Assessor

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing"


Think you would need some work lined up before shelling all that out  :shrug:


The guy I taught to fly his Mikrocopter is doing his theory tests today!  He';s a photographer/film maker and has got work lined up.
Growing old is mandatory...Growing up is optional

FPV Guru
BNUC-S qualified


Well, I had a pretty crappy day at work today, and it';s got me thinking a bit more seriously about the BNUC-S.  I think there';s a market for a qualified pilot for aerial work, not saying it would replace the day job but could potentially supplement it and who knows, eventually...

I';m going to have a chat with the guy I taught to fly his mikrocopter, he passed his theory last week, although he';s yet to do his practical test.  I want to get a feel for just what';s involved both from a classroom and airframe point of view.  I';ve got some share maturing next year which might help pay for it.

Probably a pipe dream because I had a sh1tty day at work :)
Growing old is mandatory...Growing up is optional

FPV Guru
BNUC-S qualified



I live in a new build house (3 years old) and the land opposite me has been landscaped with a lake and a wooden bridge and some sports pitches, trees etc.

I drove home the other day to see a Transit van parked up with a big 50/60 foot mast attached taking aerial pictures of the work done. I thought looking at the transit van with the bespoke mast and extending feet and all that, surely a car and a quad would have been easier :hmm: