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CAA Drone Training: Full Course (PfCO)

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Why Choose Heliguy?

No Hidden Costs

The three-day course costs £999 and includes guidance on night-time permissions, an unlimited amount of post Ground School support, expert consultancy and module re-sits.

Trusted & Experienced

We are a trusted NQE and have delivered PfCO courses for years. Our trainers have decades of combined industrial experience and a wide background, such as commercial manned aviation and the military. 

Stunning Venues

Our five stunning training venues help you learn in comfortable and spacious surroundings. The easily-accessible locations are based in the North East, Manchester, Farnborough and Cambridge.

Drone Training Video Overview


PfCO Drone Certification Timetable

Our 3-day ground school covers all the essential information you'll require to become a confident commercial drone pilot.

Lunch is included on all three days of the course, at all our training venues.


Day 1

  • Introduction and Registration - Photo ID Required .
  • Airlaw.
  • Maps and charts.
  • Airspace.

Day 2

  • Human Factors.
  • Aircraft systems.
  • Airmanship principles.
  • Risk management.
  • Meteorology.

Day 3

  • Theory Examination.
  • Operations manual overview.
  • Practical planning exercise.
  • Flight test preparation.
  • Closing address and dispersal.

How do I Become a Qualified Drone Pilot?


In order to obtain a PfCO, 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.
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.
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 from the CAA.



Expert Drone Training Team

Our expert commercial drone trainers have a wealth of experience to help deliver a course that reflects the demands of a real-world commercial drone operation.

Ed Jackson

Tom Anderson

Andrew Elliott

Ben Shirley


"I’m happy I chose Heliguy - it is the best training available. Heliguy made the course fun and easy to understand, which got me through the theory and practical examinations."

Ashley Wiggins

PfCO Drone Training Locations

We offer a range of locations around the UK for PfCO Courses.

The Elvetham

The Elvetham
Fleet Rd
Hartley Whitney
RG27 8AS

Shrigley Hall

Shrigley Hall
Shrigley Rd
Pott Shrigley
SK10 5SB

Ramside Hall

Ramside Hall
County Durham

Heliguy Drone Training Reviews

Robert Hansom

"Professional, helpful and friendly training team. I had a great time at ground school, which was intense but made manageable due to the experience and confidence of the training team. I have learnt a lot about flying drones safely and have completed the practical assessment."

Aldo Kane

"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."

Mark Stansfield

"Our group completed our PfCO training with the Heliguy team. Their guidance, know how and ability to adapt to any situation was unbelievable. I myself have dyslexia and the team would happily go over things a couple times and add extra guidance if needed. For that I am so grateful." 


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. 

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 charges £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.

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?

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

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 176 ratings.
August 9, 2019 | Ian
Hard work by so valuable

I'd thoroughly recommend this course. The instructors are absolutely brilliant, and even though there's a lot to learn they present it in a way which makes it as easy as possible to absorb and understand. They're patient and helpful, always willing to return to an area you didn't fully grasp. The course booklet is excellent, and Heliguy's IT in general is well thought out and implemented. Whatever your background - even if you have previous experience in aviation - this course is an unmissable experience which goes beyond simply teaching you to be safe and legal. You'll come away having been inspired and enthused by instructors who love what they do and want you to feel the same. Don't hesitate. I'm so glad I did this, and so grateful I chose Heliguy.

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy
July 29, 2019 | Jerome Sansom
Full course (pfco)

Absolute Gentlemen. Nothing is too much trouble for these guys. Fully recommend if you are thinking of taking a course with Heliguy. I had no previous experience and they guide you through each step. The best part is after you have absorbed the info, the course may have finished but their help doesn’t.

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy
July 26, 2019 | Ben Albutt
Drone Course

Ed, Tom and all the staff at Heliguy were exceptional, from advice around the course, to booking to actually running the course itself.
Ed and Tom's knowledge, learning styles, enthusiasm and flexibility was second to none and really helped us achieve the best.
The theory and practical were balanced and enabled us to gain a successful outcome at the end of the week.
10 started and 10 finished, all certified and able to continue with our Drone Flights and Operations.
I would not hesitate to book Heliguy again or recommend them.

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy
July 19, 2019 | Christopher Bibb
Brilliant course and very well run

Really enjoyed the course. Very knowledgable and professional training guys and answered any questions asked. A lot of information to fit in to 3 days, along with the planning practice sessions, but worked very well. Will highly recommend to colleagues.

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy
July 19, 2019 | John Mitchell
PfCO ground school training

The flight school course content was delivered professionally. Both Ben And Tom were clear and concise and very understanding when a topic / detailed item was not quite clear to the student, often myself. Having attended many courses / seminars over the years, this is considered by myself at the pinnacle, in it’s delivery and conclusion.. A huge thank you to Heliguy, Ben and Tom.

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy
July 17, 2019 | Simon
Police training course

Fantastic course and the staff are really friendly. I would highly recommend

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy
July 5, 2019 | Jack Lodge - BrightSpace Architects
The Best in Business

A very professional and experienced team who are experts in their field. I can’t recommend Heliguy enough for anyone wishing to operate a drone commercially. Credit to Ed and Tom for running a very successful ground school at The Elvetham. As an architectural firm, the use of drones is something we are very excited about, and the team at Heliguy made the whole process for obtaining a PfCO super intuitive.

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy
July 3, 2019 | Jon C
Brilliant Course. Perfection.

You'll walk away from this course three days later going "how did I just learn all that!?". Phenomenal course, phenomenal course leaders.

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy
July 2, 2019 | Andy Blake
Enjoyable and Informative Course

As a novice drone flyer, I found that this course covered a lot of relevant information, and was delivered with lots of energy, enthusiasm, and expertise. Some of the content could have been very dull if not delivered in such an enthusiastic manner.
I left the course feeling that I had gained good levels of knowledge that I could take back to my work environment.

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy
May 30, 2019 | JG
Comprehensive support

The Heliguy team were brilliant. For most, if not all participants, airspace laws and navigation was an intimidating minefield of information. The Heliguy team have sifted through all this to present only the most relevant subject areas.

Heliguy provides all the tools to help you source the right information and fly legally and safely. If all recreational users had to complete just one day of the training then UK drones and their operators would have a much better reputation.

Crucially, their guidance regarding the necessary Operations Manual and ongoing support has been invaluable.

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy

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August 5,2019


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As usual - super responsive to PfCO CAA queries. Great team!





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