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CAA Drone Training: Full Course (PfCO)

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Drone Training to Secure CAA PfCO (formerly PfAW)


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Heliguy's PfCO Course (C-DOT) Overview

What is the C-DOT Course About?

The Commercial Drone Operators Training (C-DOT) Course is designed to deliver the theoretical knowledge necessary to obtain a Permission for Commercial Operation from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The course is delivered across the United Kingdom by our dedicated training team of professional instructors in an engaging and dynamic way.

The course teaches candidates the knowledge required to safely operate their aircraft in a commercial capacity and incorporates the CAA syllabus necessary to obtain a PfCO.

In addition, we also provide the guidance required to apply for permissions to operate your drone at night giving you the competitive edge and operate 24 hours a day in suitable conditions.

We don’t believe in hidden fees, therefore the price you pay incorporates the all elements of process with exception to the CAA application fee.

If you are unsuccessful in any element of the process, we do not charge fees for retesting.

How to Get a PfCO and Become a Commercial Drone Pilot

How do I actually become a qualified commercial drone pilot?

In order to obtain a Permission for Commercial Operation, you must first complete Ground School unless you have a valid aviation qualification.

After ground school you will compile an Operations Manual which details your organisation, operating procedures and the technical specifications of your aircraft.

Once the operations manual is complete and approved by our instructors, you will then be required to conduct a practical flight assessment to ensure that you are competent and confident operating your aircraft.

On successful conclusion of the practical flight assessment, you are then eligible to apply for a PfCO to the CAA.


Drone Training Ground School

How is the Heliguy PfCO Ground School Structured?

The course is delivered over a 3 day period between 0900 AM until 1700 PM and a brief overview of the syllabus is detailed below:

Heliguy
CAA Training Timetable
Day 1Day 2Day 3
RegistrationArrivalArrival
Operations Manual & Practical
Flight Assessment Overview
Human FactorsOperating Procedures
 
Aircraft Systems
Airlaw
Lunch
Maps & ChartsAirmanship PrinciplesPractical Planning Exercise
Airspace
Operating Procedures
Risk ManagementTheory Examination
MeteorologyClosing Address / Dispersal

How is the course content actually delivered?

The Ground School encapsulated the CAA syllabus yet delivering engaging and practical lessons.

Each lesson is integrated with tasks and exercises that allow the instructors to assess the progress of the students and compliments the theoretical knowledge which students attain.

Each day concludes with a summary and revision of what has been covered that day which helps to cement the understanding of the students in each section of the syllabus.

We teach you everything you need to know about operating a drone within the UK Airspace, from integrating with other forms of aviation, airspace knowledge and air law.

We also cover factors such as weather, airmanship principles through to obtaining a comprehensive understanding of the component parts of your aircraft.

By the end of the course, you will have the knowledge and confidence to compile an Operations Manual; a mandatory requirement to operate a drone in a commercial capacity.


PfCO Training Course Ground School Details by Day

Day One

After a meet and greet with your fellow candidates, we clearly outline how the future will look in respect of your PfCO process.

After which, we introduce you to Airlaw whereby you will learn all the relevant rules and regulations.

After a social lunch, you will get hands on the map and airspace charts to learn how you will integrate with other aviation.


Day Two

We begin day two with a recap of day one to ensure that outstanding questions are answered and the information has begun to sink in.

We then move onto Human Factors with thought-provoking discussions regarding crew resource management and other factors.

It is then time to get hand on with the latest DJI aircraft and obtain an intricate knowledge of the component parts which make up your aircraft.

Regardless if you’re completely new to drones, or a seasoned hobbyist, you’re guaranteed to learn something new.

Following a leisurely lunch, the afternoon starts with Airmanship Principles where classroom debates are the norm.

As one of the most important factors of any operation, Risk Management takes centre stage in the afternoon where you can expect to learn how to effectively conduct a risk assessment and implement control measures.

We day concludes with the Meteorology lesson where you learn about safe operating conditions and how the weather can affect your flight.


Day Three

The last day of the course starts with a comprehensive overview of how all of this theoretical knowledge is applied to a real world operation.

We take you step-by-step through operational planning from the moment you receive the task request, right through to completing the job.

The class is then split into groups and you will work together to plan an operation and apply the knowledge obtained during the course under the guidance of our instructor.

The last step of the course is the multiple-choice theoretical exam.


Drone Training Locations

Where can I train?

Heliguy's C-DOT course is currently delivered at four different UK locations:

  • Aberdeen
  • Newcastle
  • Manchester
  • Farnborough

Find out more about each location below:

Aberdeen

Location TBC

Confirmation Expected Shortly

Newcastle

Train at Heliguy Headquarters in Newcastle upon Tyne

Unit 9, Jupiter Court
North Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE29 7SE

Manchester

Train at Shrigley Hall in Manchester

Pott Shrigley
Nr Macclesfield
Cheshire
SK10 5SB

Farnborough

Train at The Elvetham in Farnborough

Fleet Rd
Hartley Wintney
Hook
RG27 8AS


What Happens After the Ground School?

Operations Manual Support

Throughout the production of your Operations Manual, you can expect continued support from our dedicated team of instructors, as well as informative online guidance material to enable you to expeditiously produce a quality document.

Our instructors will comprehensively review your operations manual to ensure that it is to the standard required by the CAA.

Once your Operations Manual has been ratified by our team, you will be invited to conduct a practical flight assessment during which you will show that you can operate your aircraft in a confident and competent manner in accordance with your operations manual.

On successful completion of the practical flight assessment, candidates are able to submit their application to the CAA to receive their PfCO.

Practical Flight Assessment

The Practical Flight Assessment is designed to assess both your ability to adequately plan a commercial operation, as well as operate your aircraft.

The test lasts approximately two hours and you will be expected to control the operation from start to finish as if it were a real job.

You will be assessed against your procedures outlined within your operations manual and you will conduct a series of exercises, manoeuvres and simulated emergency scenarios.

The format of flight assessment is discussed comprehensively during your ground school.

On successful completion of the CDOT syllabus, you are then eligible to apply to the CAA for your Permission for Commercial Operation.

On receipt of which, you are then able to operate your drone commercially but must remember to renew your PfCO annually.

Heliguy have helped hundreds of individuals and organisations successfully obtain their Permission for Commercial Operation and our reputation is a testament to our experienced instructors, unrivalled technical support and expert sales team.

We pride ourselves on providing a deeply personal service to ensure you receive the very best training experience available.



Drone Training FAQs

What are the lead times on Heliguy’s drone training from start to finish?

The average candidate takes 1-2 months to complete the whole process. This varies on the candidate’s motivation, available time and other commitments.

Can I take my drone flight test the same week as my Ground School?

You can as long as your Operations Manual has been approved by us in advance. However, it’s recommended that you take some time to absorb the information and use this opportunity practice what you have learned over the course of the week.

Are there any other costs after the Ground School?

The CAA charge £173 for the initial application, and then £130 on renewal annually.

What if I fail my drone flight test?

There are no additional charges – you can re-sit the flight test with our instructors for free.

Can I fly a drone without gaining my PfCO from the CAA?

You can as a hobbyist, but not as a commercial operator in the UK.

Why is Heliguy’s drone training course the best choice for me?

Our 3-day ground school provides the essential face-to-face contact to deliver the course syllabus and answer as many questions you may have. We also have no hidden fees and you’re guaranteed lifetime support for your Operations Manual from Heliguy.

Do I need to retrain or annually retake a drone flight test?

No, you simply need to renew your PfCO with the CAA. We can provide you with assistance when the time comes.

What if I need a larger drone and have already completed my PfCO?

We offer flight tests for 7-20Kg aircraft. Get in touch to find out more from our Training Team. If you’re changing the aircraft you’re using, you will need to amend your Operations Manual to reflect this.

Does passing Heliguy’s training course get me a drone license?

On completing the course and after the subsequent application process to the CAA, you will be awarded with Permissions for Commercial Operation which act as a sort of license and allows you to legally operate drones for profit.

Do I need to take a test to fly drones at night?

Not at all. Night Permission can be added to your PfCO for no additional charge. We will provide guidance on the process for integrating this into your Operations Manual, whilst outlining the risk mitigation and human factors aspect of flying at night.

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Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
January 19, 2018 | Stuart Allen
PfCO course Manchester

Great course guys. A great mix of people with different ideas and concepts. Opened my eyes to the possibilities and what the future will have in store as technology improves. Would recommend this course. Best of luck to Helliguy and the training team. Keep up the great work!!!!

January 19, 2018 | George Wyatt
AMAZING

The Course is fantastic in terms of what is taught as well as the presentation of the information.

There was a variety in people on the course in terms of demographics, age, business backgrounds and knowledge on drones. We then found out everyone passed their theory first time... to me that shows how well the information is presented for people to remember.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

January 19, 2018 | Paul Grimes
Great Course and very Intresting

Just returned from doing my PfCO in Manchester. Really worried and aprehensive at first, but from the momoent of walking into the training room and meeting Ben and Tom, the fears were put to rest. the course content is very full on and loads of knwledge was presented by Ben and Tom. The guys tok there time to help answer all the questions that was put to them and to ease worried minds with the thought of the exam, but with great teaching and recaps the exam was successful. Cant thank these guys enough and woudl recommend it to anybody looking to get into fly drones. Great work guys. Thanks for all your help.

January 19, 2018 | Benjamin Coyle
Comprehensive and Engaging

Rules and Regulations, Laws and Legislations... It's never going to be easy to bring such long and boring subjects to life, but Heliguy have certainly managed it. The 3 day course was engaging and interactive. The trainers brought the content to life with real life scenarios and fun activities. They ensured that nothing was ever too hard; but just enough to challenge ourselves. A brilliant course from brilliant people. Couldn't ask for more.

January 12, 2018 | Mark Percival
Farnborough January 2017

Ben worked very hard for three days in a great venue and confirmed to me that I had made exactly the right decision in buying Heliguy training. Excellent presenter and hugely knowledgeable, Ben did a great job in a fun way. I look forward to a long and profitable relationship with Heliguy. Thanks to Ben and my fellow 'students'.

January 12, 2018 | Jack
Farnborough Training Course

This is a very well constructed course and Ben was extremely knowledgable in all of the areas surrounding the training. The lessons are set up well, with ample breaks and the right amount of recapping to ensure that you can tie the different areas of the course together.

January 12, 2018 | John Miller
Farnborough training

Excellent course. Ben was an engaging trainer who made the process enjoyable while teaching us all the necessary information to understand the principles, rules, regulations, safety and planning involved.

Recommended.

December 8, 2017 | Leo Lightfoot
Best Course You Can Do

I was recommended to train with Heliguy, believing they were the best in the business - they did not disappoint. Both instructors were incredibly knowledgable, helpful and useful to speak to/train with. If you want to learn everything there is to know when it comes to commercial drone piloting, look no further than Heliguy. Well worth it.

December 5, 2017 | Hundven-Clements Photography
Great course

I was extremely overwhelmed by the depth of knowledge required to pass the course prior to joining. However the team presented all of the information in such a stimulating format that I managed to pass the theory with a 93% pass rate! Still not quite sure how I achieved that, as it's been over 15 years since my last exam. Considered some of the cheaper shorter course but very glad I opted for Heliguy. Keep an eye on our website for future aerial images in the architecture section: www.hundven-Clements.com

December 4, 2017 | Mark Rigby
Farnborough Ground school

Farnborough Ground school was a great experience. Tom and Duncan (instructors) were very good. There knowledge of the air law and industry is second to none. They made themselves availble during breaks and at the end of the day to answer questions and assist us all in other questions we had relating to drones, business and flight queries.




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Super speedy, kept up to date with details along the way. Perfect from start to finish, thanks

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Excellent delivered next day .Very pleased Well Done Heliguy I'll certainly be back

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Only phoned once but extremely helpful person and good price for the product.

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Excellent delivered next day .Very pleased Well Done Heliguy I'll certainly be back

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Excellent customer service. Had a small problem with the order, which was all sorted for me within an hour. Would highly recommend, and would definitely use again.

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Learned so much about the easy way to fly the drone I have just by watching you fly the maverick and the smaller drone. Also learnt about the does and do nots. And thanks for telling me about other courses available. Thanks again Scott for all your help. I will put this into fltlying the parrot bebop drone

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Found this company by pure chance, and the prices compared favourably with the DJI store. Took a gamble that they were supplying genuine product and placed an order. The stuff turned up the next day as promised, the courier messaged me with a 1 hour delivery window (and allowed me to tell them where to leave the package if I was out). Delivery was made 2 minutes into the 1 hour window, original product well packaged. At this price and service level I won't be shopping anywhere else!!

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