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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:

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 discuss aircraft systems.

Following a leisurely lunch, the afternoon starts with a chat about human factors, followed by airmanship and aviation safety. The day will conclude with the  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 an 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 a number of different UK locations:

  • North East - Lumley Castle and Ramside Hall
  • Manchester
  • Farnborough

Find out more about each location below:


North East

Train at Lumley Castle, Chester-Le-Street

Chester-Le-Street 

County Durham
DH3 4NX

North East

Train at Ramside Hall, Durham

Carrville
Durham
DH1 1TD

Manchester

Train at Shrigley Hall, Manchester

Pott Shrigley
Nr Macclesfield, Cheshire
SK10 5SB

Farnborough

Train at The Elvetham, 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 155 ratings.
March 3, 2019 | Simon Lee
Valuable and informative course

I attended the lovely location of Elvetham for my flight school. I have been flying about a year but the knowledge I gained from this course was something I didn't expect. All the teaching crew where excellent and had all the answers to all the questions. Overall a great experience!

March 3, 2019 | Henry Hayhurst
Helpful in every way

I would highly recommend the course with Heliguy its an intense course and there's a quite a bit to take in from a hobbyist point of view. They were very helpful throughout from 3 day course to the submission to the CAA. I did my 3 day course in Farnborough great venue and facilities the lunch was also very good :)

February 28, 2019 | Tom Barnes
Great team, something so complicated made so simple

Ben & Tom were great, making an impossibly complicated subject very straight forward and easy to understand. Great support through the whole experience and with the CAA. Couldn't be happier I chose this course.

February 13, 2019 | Brett Van-Sant
CAA Drone Training: Full Course (PfCO)

The whole team at Heliguy have been excellent throughout. They have always been easily accessible to contact and prompt to respond throughout the whole course and process. of which I took 2 months to complete from the initial 3 day course to my CAA submission. I cannot speak more highly of the team and their professionalism.

February 8, 2019 | Andrew Shaw
From start to finish...

Having decided purchased my drone from Heliguy, because of the vast range offered and great customer service. I've then undertaken the CDOT training, this again has exceeded expectations, The well structured training material, knowledgeable staff has made the whole process a great experience. I now have the knowledge and the future support.

February 1, 2019 | David Cook
Invaluable experience

This is an intensive course and there's a LOT to take in. These guys really know their stuff and put it over with enthusiasm and keep it interesting and light-hearted without letting the importance and seriousness slide. Elvetham (Farnborough) is a fabulous location for this. I can't praise the Heliguy team highly enough for the way they ran this course.

January 30, 2019 | Daniel Callen
Highly recommended!

I was a keen drone hobbyist and wanted to be able to start earning through my hobby.
Very professional course from beginning to end with complete beginners having never flown a drone to drone racers.
Would recommend to all.
Thank you.

January 29, 2019 | Ian
PFCO Training

I found that attending this course was a good choice for me. I chose Manchester as it was closest to me. I started out knowing very little about drone regs and left equipped with the knowledge required to operate legally and safely. The 3 days were pretty intensive but our instructors, Ed and Rob, used a great combination of in depth knowledge and dry wit to make it an enjoyable experience. Knowing these guys are on the end of the phone should you need them both in the short and long term is very reassuring. Five stars. Just need to book my flight assessment now!!

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.

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