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Drone Training to Secure CAA PfCO (formerly PfAW)


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"The whole process with Heliguy couldn’t have been more efficient and professional."

"I did the ground school course in Farnborough and the flight assessment in Newcastle. I am a professional cinematographer and have worked on Emmy, Bafta and RTS award-winning films. The Heliguy team brought a lot of new insight and training to the table. The main input for me was their absolutely rigorous approach to writing the Operations Manual which is such an important part of achieving the PfCO. All of the safety and training team pull together for you on this and make sure you have a watertight manual to present to the CAA. Well done guys, and thanks again."

Tony Coldwell - Cinematographer

 

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 all the elements of the 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 the 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 hands-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 three different UK locations:

  • Newcastle
  • Manchester
  • Farnborough

Find out more about each location below:

 

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 in 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 £247.00 for the initial application, and then £185.00 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.

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 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 147 ratings.
January 20, 2019 | Stuart
PFCO Course - Comprehensive and Brilliantly Presented

A very in-depth course superbly administered and presented by 2 very knowledgeable and helpful trainers. This course contains a lot of theory and the 3 days are filled from 9-5, so be prepared to absorb a lot of information to be successful. The Manchester venue is a great venue and the lunches are superb. I would recommend the Heliguy course.

January 18, 2019 | oliver kersh
CAA DRONE TRAINING

A great company to choose for the drone training, the support is amazing through out the process and even after! if you're dyslexic (like me) the team will offer you support where they can.

December 31, 2018 | James Cachia
CAA Drone Course

Really enjoyed the course, insightful and really useful- learnt a huge amount that will help me achieve what I want from my business while maintaining the highest safety standards. The instructors were brilliant- patient, knowledgable and very helpful. Would highly recommend the course to anyone using drones-

December 21, 2018 | Max Pearson
Excellent value and service

Having done the flight school and the new improved operation manual. The guys at helpful espically Tom and Ben have been nothing but helpful and supportive. I can not recommend them enough. While it’s an expensive outlay the service you get is second to none!!!

December 18, 2018 | Steve Guy
PfCO Drone ground school

Great training course - detailed handbook - great instructors - really worth the time and money

December 13, 2018 | Sam Gillespie
Excellent training and support.

Heliguy have been fantastic throughout the whole process, from initial discussions about booking myself onto the course, carrying out the theory and practical assessments, as well as submission to the CAA for approval. The support throughout the whole process has been amazing. I'd highly recommend Heliguy for your PfCO training.

December 10, 2018 | Jeff Warburton
CAA Drone Training (PFCO)

Excellent training course. First rate instructors who delivered material in an interesting and well informed way. Plenty of opportunities to ask questions and lots of valuable practical insights.

November 16, 2018 | Ian Stewart
My PfCO

Excellent course run by committed guys. A bit daunting at first but it keeps the reason for everything clear and precise. Well planned and gives a realistic insight and direction on how to be a responsible and hopefully profitable Drone "Pilot". Highly recommended.

November 9, 2018 | Arnel Clemente
Proper Piloting brain

Heliguy has been fantastic in their delivery in bringing my hobbyist piloting thinking to a safe,competent and law abiding brain. Their hardwork and experience reflects in their training course. Very friendly. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Arnel from Sunderland City Council

November 9, 2018 | Alistair Holmes
PfCO CDOT Course

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.
Thanks Heliguy........




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Highly experienced team in their knowledge of drones & very willing to share their expertise with customers & general public. They have a great website with a vast array of kit. Competitively priced & fast delivery service. I can highly recommend them.

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Fast delivery considering I bought in-between Christmas & new year. Spot-on item at a great price too.

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Excellent service. Online ordering was well executed, product delivery was bang on time, and customer service was print and very helpful. The Osmo Pocket I bought worked as advertised.

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Always great service, I don’t go anywhere else.

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everything went smoothly great customer service and sales staff highly reccomended

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Can’t thank All concerned at heliguy especially Matthew and Michael Fantastic service and help over phone Highly recommended Will go nowhere else for my drone needs Many thanks

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Thanks for your help. I think I will design one. I did see one that wraps around the base of the handle and has the tripod screw thread offset to the side. I think I can do better, a hinged bottom plate, with a tripod screw hole in the center and a clasp that inserts into the handle release slot.

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Fabulously informative. I'm a professional photography by trade but I'm new to drones and perhaps asked some daft questions but they were replied very professionally and very informatively. Many thanks!

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Both my emails where answered to help try and fault find my problem, so I can see if it would be cost affective to repair myself. Before deciding weather it's worth spending too much to have the drone sent in for repair.

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Thank you for sending the receipt over so promptly, really appreciate your help!

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I requested a repair. Told heliguy what was wrong. He gave me advice. Totaly sorted all my problems so didnt have to send away. I got a response 29 minutes after i messaged. (Dji still havnt been in contact 24 hours later) saved me a small fortune and will deffo be using these services again. Thanks heliguy

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