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Mount Desert Lodge, Lee Rd, Cork
Tel: +353 86 253 5285
Email: Paudie(at)baselinesurveys.ie

C-astral Aerospace Approved Bramor RPAS Training

This course has been designed in order to provide trainees with the skills, knowledge and attitude to fly a C-astral Aerospace Bramor RPASaccording to the manufacturer’s manual.

Course modules and learning objectives:

  1. Limitations of C-astral Bramor-geo 
  2. Safety features of C-astral Bramor-geo 
  3. Bramor-geo flight planning 
  4. Simulated Training 
  5. Parachute folding and stowing 
  6. Flight Training
  7. Maintenance of c-Astral Bramor

 

Limitations of C-astral Bramor-geo

On completion Students will be able to…

Bramor limitations:

  • State the Maximum safe Airspeed
  • State the Maximum safe operating Altitude
  • State the flight endurance of the Bramor
  • State the minimum operating Altitude
  • State the minimum altitude the parachute can be deployed
  • State the minimum take off area
  • State the minimum safe landing area
  • State the minimum amount of satellites required for a safe operation
  • State the max and min voltage of RPA
  • State the max and min voltage of ground station

Weather Limitations:

  • State the minimum operating temperature
  • State the maximum operating temperature
  • State the maximum operating wind speed
  • State the maximum operating wind speed for orthophotography
  • State the weather conditions that the Bramor should not be flown in         
  • State if it is unsafe to operate in turbulent conditions and know what causes turbulence
  • State the weather conditions that the Falcon 8 should not be flown in

 

2. Safety features of C-astral Bramor-geo

On completion Students will be able to…

Operator manual safety commands

  • Fly the bramor in manual/Altitude mode
  • Command the bramor to fly in a holding circuit around a specified point
  • Command the bramor to fly to HOME position
  • Command the bramor to land at predefined landing area
  • Command the Bramor to manually deploy it’s parachute
  • Command the Bramor to abort landing
  • Command the bramor to override its preprogrammed altitude
  • Command the bramor to override its preprogrammed airspeed

System safety features

  • Know that loss of communication results in the bramor flying to home position and landing autonomously
  • Know that loss of GPS will result in it flying in a figure 8 pattern for 60 seconds and then deploying its parachute
  • Know that at a predefined low battery level the bramor will fly home and land
  • Know that at an extremely low battery level the bramor will deploy its parachute

3. Bramor-geo flight planning

 On completion Students will be able to…

Google Earth

  • Create a google earth knl file
  • Determine WGS84 coordinates of site

 

Geo Pilot Software

  • Open a kml file in geo pilot
  • Set take off and landing area
  • Draw the fly zone area
  • Set the options –flight line spacing and camera trigger interval
  • Create a flight plan
  • Determine the time of the flight plan
  • Create a corridor mapping flight plan
  • Virtual Cockpit Software
  • Enter ground temperature set take off altitude to zero
  • Create a background google earth map for the flight
  • Check speed and altitude on waypoint list
  • Upload the flight plan, take off spiral and land area to the bramor
  • Zero pressure on the altimeter
  • Establish a GPS home position
  • Check all onboard sensors
  • Put RPAS into Take off mode
  • Launch virtual UAV
  • Navigate the RPAS to carry out its mapping mission
  • Connect to orthophoto software and command to take photos
  • Command the RPAS to stop taking photos and initiate land sequence
  • Command the RPAS to abort its landing
  • Conduct a virtual manual landing

4. Simulated Training

 On completion Students will be able to…

  • Use the transfer of learning from the  previous training unit to create and conduct a fully automated simulated flight under supervision with automatic landing and manual landing
  • Read Altitude
  • Read Airspeed
  • Read Ground speed
  • Read pitch, yaw and roll
  • Read distance from ground station
  • Read wind speed and direction at flight altitude
  • Read battery strength of airframe
  • Read battery strength of ground station

 

Parachute folding and stowing

On completion Students will be able to…

  • Fold and pack the parachute
  • Stow the parachute pack into the airframe

 

6. Flight Training

On completion Students will be able to…

Setting up the catapult

  • Unfold catapult and secure the latches
  • Point catapult into the wind
  • Load the elastics to required tension
  • Know that loading the catapult is the last thing to do before placing bramor on the saddle
  • Know that the catapult must only be loaded for 40 seconds for a safe launch
  • Assembling the Airframe/setting up ground station
  • Attach the wings to the winglets and airframe securely
  • Connect the base unit to the laptop and put antennae upright
  • Turn on laptop, turn on base unit, open virtual cockpit and read ground station battery and sound levels
  • Connect battery on airframe

Pre Flight

  • Set camera settings
  • Check the aerlon servos and propeller
  • Check the pitot tube and remove pitot tube cover
  • Check parachute hatch and remove tag
  • Check that all battery levels are full
  • Check radio link signal level
  • Set system fail safes and upload to autopilot
  • Check altitude and speed readings are at zero
  • Upload flight plan with take off and landing
  • Initiate zero pressure
  • Acquire GPS home position
  • Check sensors
  • Check propeller
  • Check wind direction and load catapult
  • Place Bramor on catapult
  • Set take off mode in Virtual cockpit
  • Release catapult brake to launch bramor

In Flight

  • Press navigate to start orthophoto mission
  • Connect to orthophoto and take photographs
  • Monitor wind speed and direction
  • Monitor airspeed and groundspeed
  • Monitor pitch, yaw and roll
  • Monitor location on google map
  • Monitor altitude
  • Monitor all battery levels
  • Monitor Radio strength levels
  • Monitor distance and time from ground station

Landing procedures

  • Stop taking photographs
  • Automatically land the RPAS
  • Manually land the RPAS
  • Disconnect the battery
  • Recover the bramor
  • Extract the flight log from the autopilot
  • Remove SD card from the camera
  • Turn off the ground station
  • Disassemble the bramor
  • Pack everything away

           

7. Maintenance of c-Astral Bramor

On completion Students will be able to…

Battery Charging

  • Charge the ground station battery
  • Charge the aircraft batteries
  • Make a charging log for each battery

 

Catapult

  • Plot each flight log to monitor catapult elastic strength over time
  • Protect catapult with latex spray
  • Tighten screws on front legs
  • Oil ramp with WD 40

Aircraft

  • Store in dry environment
  • Change propellers after 40 hours
  • Regularly blow to clear pitot tube
  • Regularly check for firmware updates