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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?

 

Expert Instructors.

The Latest Hardware.

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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.

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 104 ratings.
May 25, 2018 | Aaron Gray
A great experience!

Had a great time during this drone training course. Very educational and informative regarding the use of drones.. My brother (Shard Guy} has a lot to learn...

May 25, 2018 | Paul Gray
Simply brilliant

I enjoyed the whole experience, meeting a lovely group of people from all walks of life.. Tutor's where very knowledgeable, funny and helpful. I would recommend anyone interested in drone piloting to go through heliguy.. Special mention to the waitresses of the hotel.. Extremely funny. Can't wait to get back to complete the course :)

May 23, 2018 | Martin Bilsborough
Comprehensive Training

This 3 day course was precise and informative and also set in the beautiful location that is Shrigley Hall. Our 2 teachers Tom and Ben and were friendly and helpful and know their drones and drone training thoroughly. On the last day we were put in to groups and asked to make a plan for a real life scenario. This was a good chance to put into effect all the things we had learned along with the tools and websites advised to use. Highly recommended

May 19, 2018 | Chris Walsh
PfCO at Manchester

Great course which covered above and beyond what I needed to secure PfCO and develop my business.

Thanks to Ben & Tom

May 18, 2018 | John Clayton
CAA DRONE TRAINING: FULL COURSE (PFCO)

Attended Course 15th May at Shrigley Hall, Pott Shrigley, Manchester. Location of Hotel, with lovely Spa and gardens was quite stunning. From time of booking, Heliguys were friendly and efficient providing plenty of helpful pre-course information. The course itself was very efficiently run by Ben and Tom, delivery from both was second to none - striking just the right balance between getting through what is a lot of information, but at the same time keeping it light and interesting and entertaining - not easy - and to be perfectly honest they could not have been better!! I can thoroughly recommend anyone wanting to attend this course to go with Heliguys.

May 15, 2018 | Kris
CAA Training with Heliguy

I went through the CAA Training Course to gain my PFCO with Heliguy. I cant fault the process and the level of professionalism of this course.

May 8, 2018 | James Goodyear
Excellent service

The Heliguy staff have been brilliant during purchasing and training, answering all questions and providing excellent support. The training course was informative and engaging, helping us to understand exactly how safely operate our drones.

May 8, 2018 | Tom
GREAT COURSE

The course covered a lot of information in 3 days but there was plenty of breaks and the instructors Tom and Andrew were brilliant and very easy to talk too. They answered all questions and put the information across in an understanding way.

May 8, 2018 | Michael Cornell
Comprehensive and Informative

I attended ground school in Newcastle at the beginning of May and the course exceeded my expectations. The instructors were enthusiastic, knowledgable and very helpful, never hesitating to answer questions, regardless of how silly they seemed. Some of the best advice I got came out of answers they gave to questions someone asked, because they always went above and beyond to make sure that they gave us as much information as possible. This was only possible because they were able to foster a very open, but well disciplined classroom environment that allowed everyone to get the information they came for. If I had one criticism it would be that we never really got to use or see an aircraft in flight during the ground school, and whilst I understand that this would have taken valuable time from what was a very compact schedule, it would have been nice to see a few of the points demonstrated practically to give us a deeper understanding of some procedures. Over all, I think this course was an excellent investment for me and my company and I can't wait to start my career as a CAA approved pilot (Once I've done the flight assessment of course.)

April 28, 2018 | Andrew Fawkes
Well worth the cost

As a retired CAA approved IRE / TRE and 53 years in aviation I can recommend this course. There is a lot of ground to cover in 3 days and it is completed in a friendly and understanding way. The only issue I had with course was the focus occasionally on unimportant issues such as remembering CAP numbers rather than the more important content of the same!




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