The PfCO Operations Manual just got easier
Candidates sitting Heliguy’s Commercial Drone Operators Training (C-DOT) Course will now be able to complete the vital Operations Manual quicker and easier than ever before.
The new streamlined approach, unveiled by our dedicated training team, will shave many hours off the once time-consuming and complex process, meaning more flying and less typing.
It will make the task much less onerous for budding commercial drone pilots and deliver a much more hands-on learning experience.
And the end result – candidates will gain a thorough understanding of the document and leave with a personalised and tailored Operations Manual in a fraction of the time, standing them in good stead to apply to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for their Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO).
This easier-to-digest operations manual process has already received positive feedback from users, who have said that it is ‘very good in terms of speeding things up’ and they ‘love the idea of a more standardised document’.
Ben Shirley, who is part of the Heliguy training team, said that the company is delighted to unveil its new approach to the Operations Manual as it will aid candidates significantly.
“We’re very proud to announce our new Operations Manual process, which has been developed to complement our renowned Ground School training to expedite the production of a robust, comprehensive and future-proof document.
“We have ensured that the highest operating standards are maintained thanks to our intricate knowledge of unmanned aircraft systems, while facilitating a punctual and straightforward production process for our candidates.”
Ben – Heliguy Training Team
HELPING YOU TOWARDS A PfCO
Over the last few years, Heliguy – the North East England based DJI-approved retailer and repair centre – has forged a fine reputation for its high-quality C-DOT Course, which is CAA-approved and delivered throughout the UK.
The three-day tutorials, held in Newcastle, Manchester and Farnborough by our expert and knowledgeable training team, are designed to deliver the theoretical knowledge necessary to obtain a PfCO from the CAA.
Working towards a PfCO involves numerous steps. These are:
A MORE STREAMLINED APPROACH
Prior to Heliguy introducing our more streamlined strategy for completing the Operations Manual, it is fair to say that the process was a fairly daunting and time-consuming task.
While the Heliguy training course equips candidates with the knowledge, support and confidence to compile the document, previously this would need to be done outside of the three-day tutorial.
And with the manual subject to intense scrutiny by the CAA – needing to be an original piece of work, completed to a high standard and with accurate information – this comprehensive document needs proper thought and attention.
But now, thanks to our new approach, completing the Operations Manual can be done during the three-day course.
In most cases, it can now be finished in the space of three or four hours – compared to days or weeks previously. But while Heliguy’s streamlined approach saves on time, it certainly doesn’t scrimp on quality.
Edward Jackson, from the training team, said: “This new streamlined process is approved by the CAA and we have done this in response to the CAA’s changes in the way that it accepts submissions of Operations Manuals.
“It means that the turnaround time is a lot quicker, making the process more appealing to candidates and delivering a more hands-on learning experience.”
“Our new streamlined approach will still allow each candidate to have a personalised, tailored Operations Manual, but it is now not as onerous and it has reduced the volume, time and complexity of the document.
“It will save a significant amount of time – I would say by tens of hours for some, and even more for others. This will be a huge weight lifted off people’s minds.”
Ed – Heliguy Training Team
He continued: “This more refined document and guide to creating a bespoke Operations Manual
“The time saved means that candidates will be able to focus more on practising their commercial skills and working to comply with their Operations Manual, rather than sitting at a desk. It means more flying, less typing.
“We consider ourselves a leading NQE and we will ensure that our candidates will leave the course with a completed Operations Manual which they can work with to develop their commercial operations.”
The training team, which has an impeccable approval rate for the Operations Manual – likely due to its high standards – will review each candidate’s document before submission to the CAA to ensure approval and avoid delay in the process. Below is a selection of images from a recent Heliguy training course.
PRAISE FOR HELIGUY’S NEW APPROACH TO THE OPERATIONS MANUAL
This new approach has already been praised by candidates.
Rupert Lloyd Parry said: “Being 50, it’s been a while since I needed to produce something like this, so I certainly found it the hardest part of the course. What I love is the idea of a more standardised document, particularly for regulation change in the future. Having a due diligence test to accompany that is a brilliant idea.”
Kevin Evans said: “The new approach is very good in terms of speeding things up and getting quick results. The documentation process is also very good.”
FURTHER PRAISE FOR HELIGUY
It isn’t just the new streamlined approach to the Operations Manual which is attracting positive feedback from candidates. Glowing comments have poured in for Heliguy’s C-DOT Course.
Among the recent reviews, Alistair Holmes said: “Fantastic course. I highly recommend this to any and everyone. It has to be one of the best courses I’ve been on. The team are amazing, very knowledgeable and incredibly helpful.
Arnel Clemente, from Sunderland City Council, posted: “Heliguy has been fantastic in its delivery in bringing my hobbyist piloting thinking to a safe, competent and law-abiding brain. Their hard work and experience reflect in the training course. Very friendly. Highly recommended.
Further praise came from Jonny Alderton, who wrote: “I came to Heliguy to do my practical flight assessment after doing PfCO through a different provider as Heliguy were more local. The assessor was very good, even though I wasn’t using a DJI drone, and offered a lot of constructive feedback on areas to improve after my test. Highly recommended.”
Meanwhile, Baz Vaughan described the course as well-paced and friendly and the tutors ‘exceeded my expectations by a long way’.
OTHER TRAINING AVAILABLE FROM HELIGUY
As well as Heliguy’s PfCO training course, several other training options are available through us:
James is Heliguy’s Blogger and Drone Content Executive. James keeps our readers up to date with drone news within the ever-changing industry.