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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
Day 1Day 2Day 3
Registration
Photo ID Required
ArrivalArrival
Operations Manual & Practical
Flight Assessment Overview
Human FactorsTheory Examination
Aircraft Systems
Airlaw
Lunch
Maps & ChartsAirmanship PrinciplesPractical Planning Exercise
AirspaceRisk Management
Operating Procedures
Flight Test Preparation
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 a multiple-choice theory test and 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 flight test preparation. For those looking for fixed-wing drones, we offer an additional module before finishing the course.


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
  • Cambridge

Find out more about each location below:


North East Drone Training

Drone Training in Newcastle

Train at Lumley Castle, Chester-Le-Street

Chester-Le-Street 

County Durham
DH3 4NX

Drone Training in Durham

Drone Training in Durham

Train at Ramside Hall, Durham

Carrville
Durham
DH1 1TD

Drone Training in Manchester

Drone Training in Manchester

Train at Shrigley Hall, Manchester

Pott Shrigley
Nr Macclesfield, Cheshire
SK10 5SB

Farnborough Drone Training

Train at The Elvetham, Farnborough

Fleet Rd
Hartley Wintney, Hook
RG27 8AS

Cambridge Drone Training

Drone Training in Cambridge

Train at Madingley Hall, Cambridge

Madingley Hall
Madingley, Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

 

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. We ensure you understand how to update, manage and renew your documents as required.

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 £250 for the initial application, and then £190 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 annually. 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 166 ratings.
May 17, 2019 | Scott Eburne
Superb Heliguy

It was a privilege to attend the Heliguy course at Shrigley Hall. The venue and surroundings were breathtaking. The instructors Ed and Ben were brilliant at breaking down a really complex subject into manageable chunks and made the whole process very enjoyable. I'm delighted I chose Heliguy to start this journey with.

May 16, 2019 | Robert Hansom
Excellent Course.

Excellent venue, professional, very helpful and friendly training team. I had a great time over the three days ground school, which was intense but made manageable due to the experience and confidence of the training team. I have certainly learnt a lot about flying drones safely and have recently completed the practical assessment. I feel great satisfaction and achievement. This will open new doors for me with my employer, Local Government, as I believe this is an industry in its infancy with endless potential for the use of drones to be developed.

May 16, 2019 | Eric Hardwick
PfCO Course

Good course and very good support once it was completed - helped out with queries to get through the flight assessment.

May 15, 2019 | Richard Bruin
Great Experience

After successfully attaining my PFCO with the help of Heliguy, I can honestly say that it was great fun and the staff at Heliguy were fantastic! Thanks guys for all your help

May 5, 2019 | Aldo Kane
Fastball

Heliguy were exceptional throughout the process of Ground School, Testing and Flight assessment. The course work was relevant and ensured a thorough knowledge of the subject before examination. Would thoroughly endorse Heliguy for any would be Drone Operator.

May 4, 2019 | Ashley Wiggins
The best training available!

I’m happy I chose Heliguy for my training. Extremely helpful from start to finish, especially as I spend a lot of time outside of the UK. They made the course fun and easy to understand which got me through the theory and practical examinations. Fantastic venue and the food was lovely! I’d do it again just for the lunch ;)
Thank you Heliguy team, absolutely fantastic!

April 27, 2019 | Rob Wainwright
Outstanding!!

I am very pleased I choose to train with Heliguy. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and professional whilst managing to make the course highly enjoyable. I would definitely recommend Heliguy training to anyone.

April 13, 2019 | Manny Drones
High Quality Training

The instructors were super knowledgable and the training facility and environment was of high quality.

April 12, 2019 | Mark Stansfield
The highest of training standards

Today our group completed our pfco training with the aid of Ben and Andrews guidance , their know how and ability to adapt to any situation was unbelievable, bens and Andrew made you feel at home around the complex situations you could face apart of being an pfco holder .

I my self have dyslexia,both Ben and Andrew would happily go over things a couple times and add extra guidance if needed. For that I am so great full.

I’d like to thank Heliguy for providing us with an fantastic week full of knowledge and new experiences

Thanks

April 10, 2019 | Leigh Coombs
Great course with great instructors

I booked the Heliguy PfCO course based on the reputation of Heliguy as a company. The course details online were extensive so I knew exactly what I was buying. The whole course was not only informative but very interesting as-well, the course was delivered by instructors who had personality and passion for the subject. I found the information sunk in easily due to the way the course was delivered and the supporting materials, therefore passing the theory test wasn't a problem. Support and guidance was continued right through to the flight assessment and continues now as I embark on my work as a commercial drone pilot. I have the back up of a industry expert behind me and they have all been extremely helpful right from the start. 5 Star? i say more. Thank you Heliguy

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