UAV Night Operations

1-Day UAV Workshop Session

When undertaking external thermal imaging building surveys, it’s essential to meet basic environmental requirements in order to avoid adverse influences such as solar gain. This usually implies that surveys will commence two hours after sunset or before sunrise. For this reason, it’s invaluable for infrared UAV pilots to understand the complexities of night flying. Based around work-flow and human factors, this workshop session covers topics including work-flow, crew management, flight planning and emergency procedures.


  • 1-Day theoretical workshop session
  • Optional evening practical session
  • Night flying considerations and procedures
  • Requires UAV flying experience

Who Should Attend

  • Those new to the industry wishing to gain a basic understanding of night flying
  • Existing pilots looking to expand their PfCO capabilities

Course Outcomes

  • How to set-up an evening take-off area

  • How to assess obstructions and issues

  • Learn how to plan minimal-risk flights

  • Learn how to produce risk assessments and method statements (RAMS)

  • Understand environmental conditions recommended within ISO 13187

Course Instructors

Steve Welland is an ex-forces instructor, CAA PfCO pilot and our UAV training manager. Steve has over 25 years of mechanical engineering and RC (Remote Control) flight experience, and is a fully qualified thermographer.

Ray Faulkner – founder of iRed Ltd – is an ex-airline jet captain with over 15 years of commercial flying experience. In addition to this, he is a CAA PfCO pilot and PCN Category 3 qualified. Ray currently sits on the BINDT CM working group, and is a committee member with BSI for ISO Standards involving thermography.

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Further Information

Course Details

As an industry-standard, building surfaces must be free from solar radiation for a minimum of 2 hours prior to the start of a thermographic survey – longer if the building consists of a heavyweight fabric. This is in order to allow for the effect of external heat gain in the wall to dissipate. For this reason, surveys can be expected to start around midnight during summer and early evening during winter.

The UAV Night Operations workshop session elaborates on this requirement, defining best-practice for UAV pilots intending to capture thermal images during night operations. The workshop covers topics including work-flow, documentation, relevant ISO standards and emergency procedures.

Our workshop sessions are delivered in our purpose-built training facility in Emsworth, Hampshire (just outside of Portsmouth). The sessions, delivered by industry experts, usually run from 10am – 4pm including lunch and refreshments. If you’re interested in us delivering a workshop to your site or premises, get in touch on 01243 370 296 or email [email protected].

Evening Practical Session

For a fixed-fee, delegates can attend an evening (night-time) practical session to practice the skills and knowledge gained from the workshop session. The evening session is supervised by trained pilots and qualified thermographers, delivered on a section of isolated private land located approximately 20 minutes away from our ground school training facility.

iRed Academy Awarding Body

£165 + VAT

Prices shown include tuition, course materials and daily lunch & refreshments.



CPD Hours

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