[OSM-talk] RPAS school

Oleksiy Muzalyev oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch
Thu Dec 1 21:47:03 UTC 2016

Dear Fellow Mappers,

I would like to share information about one of the first RPAS (Remotely 
Piloted Aircraft System) schools in Europe, Fly & Film SA 
<http://www.rpas-school.com/>. The school is situated in the town of 
Sierre <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierre> in the canton of Valais.

I studied for one week at this school and received a RPAS pilot 
certificate (1). The course was in French language, and the certificate 
is in two languages French and English, since the latter is the de facto 
language of civil aviation.

I fly RPAS for quite a while already, nevertheless this training was 
interesting and useful. Among instructors were helicopter & RPAS pilots, 
a director of an international airport, an ornithologist. Five days of 
intensive training were followed by a theoretical exam and a practical 
(piloting) exam, which I passed both successfully. It is mentioned in 
the certificate that the piloting exam was with and without GPS 
stabilization, and that is why the certificate has got a "no 
restrictions" clause (fr. Restrictions: aucune).

We studied legal and insurance issues, environment protection, general 
aviation topics, meteorology, maintenance and safety. The practical 
training was focused on precision flying, safety procedures, etc.

I fly mostly to produce oblique low-altitude aerial photographs, which I 
add to the OSM map via an /image/ tag. You can see how much additional 
information provides such an aerial image on an example of the UEFA 
headquarters (2) on the map or a Colovray Stadium in Nyon (3) (the 
clickable /image/ link is in the left part of a page).

Perhaps, there are other approaches of using RPAS for mapping and data 
fusion. In this respect I think it would be a good idea to create in 
future an OSM Aviation working group, similar to the HOT Aviation 
working group, but for general mapping, not only for mapping of disaster 
areas. In such a working group we could share know-hows, technics, 
ideas, organize workshops, etc.

(1) https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwIBJzM0u50qOEVkUWVyaGJENUk

(2) http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/258913915

(3) http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/245395546

With best regards,

Oleksiy (Alex-7)

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