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CAA Drone Training: Full Course (PfCO)

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Drone Training to Secure CAA PfCO (formerly PfAW)

Why Choose Heliguy Drone Training?


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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:

CAA Training Timetable
Day 1Day 2Day 3
Operations Manual & Practical
Flight Assessment Overview
Human FactorsOperating Procedures
Aircraft Systems
Maps & ChartsAirmanship PrinciplesPractical Planning Exercise
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 four different UK locations:

  • Aberdeen
  • Newcastle
  • Manchester
  • Farnborough

Find out more about each location below:


Location TBC

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Train at Heliguy Headquarters in Newcastle upon Tyne

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


Train at Shrigley Hall in Manchester

Pott Shrigley
Nr Macclesfield
SK10 5SB


Train at The Elvetham in Farnborough

Fleet Rd
Hartley Wintney
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.

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 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 83 ratings.
March 20, 2018 | Jack Serginson
Amazing corse awesome instructers

Not having been in any form of education for a number of years I was nervous I was going to struggle with absorbing the information that is given to you over the 3 days. However, the way it is presented and conveyed, it is made fun and interesting. As a result I was very surprised at how much I took on board, coming out with a very high score at the end. I would definitely say this is pretty much entirely down to the 3 instructors who are all awesome guys , are all really fun to be around and talk to. Even after the corse day ends, they are happy to have a beer and talk drones all night long.. or anything to that blokes! If anyone is thinking of doing their drone permission, this is the place to go. They go above and beyond what they need to do to get you a pass. Also they are there to help with anything to do with corse work, drone tech and CAA related things till the end of time once you have passed your tests. So, look no further and book your corse today and make some £$€ form your talents.

March 19, 2018 | Mike Cottrill
Drone Training Manchester

I just wanted to say a big thanks to Tom, Ben and Duncan who were friendly, very professional, incredibly knowledgeable and above all made it an interesting and enjoyable process. I would highly recommend this course to anyone considering CAA training

March 9, 2018 | Conrad Suckling

After reading customer reviews I decided to go with Heliguy for my Drone course. Was not disappointed. Have just completed the theory part of the course in Farmborough. Great instructors. Looking forward to the next part. It will definitely be with Heliguy.

March 9, 2018 | Richard Ramsay

Great course Great Tutors Great Venue
Top class by the Heliguy Team

March 1, 2018 | Sean Hayes
PFCO Course

After just competing the ground school for my PFCO i can reflect in the last couple of days with Heliguy.
From the day of booking the course the instructions off the team were fantastic. On the first day registration was seamless and relaxed. The course content was delivered by there two instructors in a precise yet easy to understand manor and any question thrown at them was answered perfectly. The three days went over in a flash, the facilities that they provide were great and nothing was ever a problem if you needed extra. The lunch was provided in the same complex by another company and was very good and a great place to get to know your fellow students. Overall I would say you would be hard pushed to find a provider for this course or anything else drone related. Many thanks.

February 26, 2018 | Stephen Barney
Got my PfCO thanks to Heliguy

The choice to use Heliguy was one of the best ones I have made in a long time. These guys are professional, helpful and very knowledgeable. Particular thanks got to Tom and Ben who held my hand all the way through the process.

The ground school was fun and informative and gave me exactly what I needed to pass the exams.

The flight test was relaxed and turned into a real fun day of flying professionally conducted and still a learning experience.

The guys were amazing helping me through the long big slog of preparing my ops manual providing some game changing and vital advise along the way.

The whole thing made the CAA assessment painless and I am so happy to have received my PfCO now thank you so much Heliguy and thank you Tom and Ben.

I highly recommend Heliguy if you are looking for a training organisation they have it just right they exceed my expectations and have managed to create a helpful and supportive community that goes beyond the training cours and on into my day to day business something that is rare in this day and age well done!

February 26, 2018 | Peter Tindall
CAA Training and Examination

Excellent job and very helpful. Maybe, look at doing group skype sessions twice a month and look at giving advice on training (Ops man and the other on Regulations etc). The training team friendly, knowledgeable and any questions they was backed up with a prompt answer. Will be promoting there good work to others, KUDOS.

February 23, 2018 | Jason Podwojski (ZENUAV)
Worth Every Penny!

Walked into this course with some basic knowledge and thanks to excellent training by all, scored 98% in my theory exam. Happy customer, great service!

February 8, 2018 | Jonathan Becker

Excellent training from Heliguy

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!!!!


Bought props they sent them.

March 9,2018


Great service as usual.

March 8,2018


1st class service and delivery overtime, thanks Guys.

March 3,2018


High delivery cost, but very fast, they communicated well, and when delivered goods was damaged during transport replacement was sent immediately. Excellent behaviour and service. Ok with high delivery cost.

March 2,2018


It as good because I got a great product and although the weather was terrible for a week meaning deliveries were delayed all was solved and the team was supportive. The only reason that I have given it a 4 star rating is because my order was placed on Friday and should have been dispatched in order for me to receive it on the Monday before this U.K snow issue, it wasn't processed due to technical issues and if I hadn't rang them I probably wouldn't have got the order in the first place but the customer service team were polite and helpful. If it wasnt for that then it would have been a 5 star rating.

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