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CAA Drone Training: Full Course (PfCO)

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Drone Training to Secure CAA PfCO (formerly PfAW)

Heliguy is committed to providing unbeatable training for commercial drone pilots. Approved by the CAA as a National Qualified Entity (NQE), we provide everything you need to gain your Commercial Drone Operations Training (C-DOT) and to become a confident, fully qualified multi-rotor drone pilot.

We have taken a unique approach to our training schools. While we cover all of the important components on the NQE syllabus, we also offer a level of experience-led industry guidance to prospective UAV / UAS pilots that is unavailable elsewhere.


PLEASE NOTE: 2016 courses will follow our previous schedule of 3.5-days before a changeover to the below syllabus in 2017.


Here's what to expect each day on Heliguy's C-DOT course:


Day One
 
Heliguy CAA Training Ground School Day One

An introduction for both new and experienced pilots. By the end of the day, you’ll know your IMU from your EMCs, the difference between Course Lock and Home Lock, which drone suits you and how to fly it correctly and safely. You’ll also learn the importance of airspace and aviation charts as well as being provided with an explanation of Air Law and instruction on the different categories of airspace. There are also in-depth sessions on Airmanship and the Human Factors of aviation.

Day Two
 

After taking a look at human factors, we move onto the Operations Manual, a document that every commercial drone business needs. It contains health and safety information as well as managerial and technical procedures specific to how you plan to operate. This is followed by risk assessments as well as pre-flight and on-site surveys and procedures.

Heliguy CAA Training Ground School Day Two
Day Three
 
Heliguy CAA Training Ground School Day Three

We begin with a planning exercise and a discussion about the importance of weather patterns before moving on to the theory exam (75% pass mark). Should you fail, re-sits are free but you must wait for ten days. Once you've passed the Ground School, you'll take the Pilot Practical Assessment before completing the Ops Manual. Finalising this document is the trainee's responsibility. You will then be able to secure a PfCO (previously PfAW) from the CAA as a form of drone licence.

 

Operations Manual

You are responsible for preparing your own Operations Manual. However, Heliguy is here to advise you how to best achieve this. Our insider knowledge and technical expertise are at your disposal, helping you complete this important document.

The second section consists of Flight Reference Cards (FRCs) which contain details of your aircraft, site surveys, risk assessments, pre- and post-flight checks, and safety procedures. This must be completed before you are able to undertake the Pilot Practical Assessment.

Your Operations Manual is a key document that should be very carefully thought through, used regularly and updated in line with the evolution of your business.

Operations Manual covers: 1.) The nature of your business 2.) What you are flying 3.) Risk mitigation
Heliguy CAA Training Practical Flight Test

Practical Flight Assessment Test

The Practical Flight Assessment will normally take place within 4-6 weeks of completing the drone training theory course dependent on good weather. You'll need to allow 2-3 hours for the test.

The test is designed to check flight planning, safety skills and piloting ability. You'll be given an assignment which you'll have to research as you would for a commercial job. After receiving the brief you'll be expected to check the weather, flight charts, NOTAMS and, if necessary, contact Air Traffic Control before heading to the location.

Once you arrive, you’re required to conduct a site survey and risk assessment. You'll then need to carry out the assignment while preparing for simulated emergencies. For example, it could be a loss of transmission or another aircraft entering your flying area.

You'll then have to carry out simple manoeuvres in two flight modes - GPS and ATTI. It's definitely worth practising with the latter mode, not just for the test, but also to improve your overall skill as a pilot. For aerial filming, proficiency with ATTI can be vital when you're trying to achieve smooth shots.

 

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Drone Training Locations

VENUES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Please contact the team before booking: Call 0191 296 1024

 

Newcastle - Heliguy Headquarters

Unit 9, Jupiter Court, Orion Business Park, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE29 7SE

 

Newcastle Venue

 

Manchester - Shrigley Hall

Pott Shrigley, Cheshire, SK10 5SB

 

Shrigley Hall Venue

 

Farnborough - The Elvetham Hotel

Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, RG27 8AS

 

Farnborough Venue

 

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Schedule

See the drop-down menu at the top of this page for our training course schedule for 2016 / 2017. The maximum number of students is 16 per course.

   
 

Closed courses are available for groups of 8 or more. Please get in touch to arrange.

For more information on how Heliguy's training differs from the BNUC, RPQ, etc, please read this blog post.

UAV Training Courses in the UK with Heliguy

Heliguy offers a holistic approach to UAV and drone training approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). With a focus on machine-specific instruction and a comprehensive understanding of the marketplace, we can instruct you on everything from the basics, to successfully joining the commercial drone sector with a professional drone pilot qualification from the UK CAA. It doesn't matter whether you have aviation experience or not - Heliguy will guide you through the basics of UAV flight towards a commercial knowledge.

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What to Expect from the Course

Our full CAA-approved drone course takes place over a 3-day period in locations across the UK and teaches you everything you need to know to become a proficient drone pilot.

The sections covered in our UAV training syllabus include:

  • Ground School: The theory section of our training gives you an understanding of the equipment you'll be using as well as safe operation standards and knowledge of UK air law. Our expert training staff will bring you up to speed with the latest advances in the industry and by the end of the Ground School, after successful completion of the theory exam, you will have the confidence to proceed to the final steps before receiving your permissions.
  • Operations Manual: The most important document for licensed drone pilots, the Operations Manual outlines how you intend to use your drone in a commercial capacity. We will instruct and guide you through the completion of your Manual, providing insights into crafting a thorough document which meets CAA criteria. Upon completion of your course, this must be updated regularly in line with your business.
  • Flight Test: The practical section of the training allows you to demonstrate the skills you have learned throughout our course. This includes control of the craft, completion of a real-world assignment scenario as well as carrying out all necessary checks and notifications just as you would in a commercial scenario.

 

Heliguy
CAA Training Timetable
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Register
8.30
Lesson 1
9.00
AirlawAircraft KnowledgeRecap & Weather
Lesson 2 Maps & ChartsHuman FactorsOperating Procedures
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lesson 3
13.30
Airspace ClassificationOps ManualPlanning Exercises
Lesson 4
Airmanship & Aviation SafetyFlight Test PrepTheory Test
Recap
Recap
Recap
Recap

Timings may change depending on the course, the location and to ensure that all topics are covered to the satisfaction of our trainees.

 

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Learn More

Now that you've seen what you can expect from the content and scheduling of our UAS training course, click the 'INFORMATION' tab to learn more about how Heliguy can help you along the pathway to permissions.

 

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Why Can't I Take My Training Online?

Heliguy is a CAA Approved NQE. In order to acquire your permissions, we will need to verify that you have the necessary knowledge to operate a UAV commercially. For us to do so, we need to work with you in the classroom to ensure that all that you have the knowledge, confidence and ability to fly in a safe way.

Will I Get a Licence at the End of the Course?

After completing our CAA Approved course, you'll then need to apply for the CAA for permissions, which we will recommend. After your practical flight test and the submission of your operations manual, you will get a permission from the CAA to fly your UAV for business. It's not a 'licence' as such, but it will allow you to operate commercially.

Showing our 9 CAA Drone Training: Full Course (PfCO) reviews with an average rating of Excellent. Would you like to write a review?
Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
December 1, 2016 |
Great course and great team

It was a pleasure to attend the course. Delivery from all the training team was very clear and easy to understand. Everyone at Heliguy go above and beyond to help you in any way they can. Can't recommend them enough!

November 29, 2016 |
Excellent attention to detail and genuine care for service

Overall we are extremely happy with the value, quality and excellent service we have received. The whole course has really set the standard for our operations going forward. Special thanks to Tom and Dan for there commitment and hard work in assisting us throughout the process. Looking forward to keeping the relationship with Heliguy going for many years.

November 22, 2016 |
Flight Assessment

Nice quite location (near a golf course on the outskirts of Macclesfield)

Tom, from Heliguy paced the test well, was very knowledgeable and gave some good tips along the way. A good experience.

November 21, 2016 |
Fly high (well too 400ft) with Heliguy!

It’s not often that you attend a “training course” and immediately feel at ease with your instructors. Too many courses these days are run on imparting information from a boring PowerPoint presentation and that is it…no real life experiences! Our instructors Dan and Tom were very helpful in all the questions asked not just by myself but by the whole group. It’s been long time since I’ve had to sit in a classroom and learn something. I particularly liked their approach to “thinking outside the box” for the situations that may present themselves to you in the “real world” It also helped that the location was top notch – the food was fab ! If you are thinking of taking your PfCO then I would without any hesitation recommend Heliguy. I’m looking forward to a long relationship with both the training and sales teams from Heliguy.

November 15, 2016 |
I Made the Right Choice!

This whole package was right for me to succeed in my aim to become gain my PfCO.
Ground School at Shrigley Hall Hotel provided and we got the excellent atmoshere for the well run course and exam. My flight test was conducted there as well and that was made as painless as possible.
The big issue is writing the ops manual. It is hard. Heliguy was excellent with their telephone support.
Suggestions for improvement
1 Reminder needed to open Heliguy's responses to submitted draft that you view in Adobe Reader and not in a Browser eg Firefox as the browser misses out vital information!
2 Reminder that your flight log is required.
Thank you all at Heliguy's, I think you are great.

November 11, 2016 |
Incredible Knowledge, Training and Support

Hi, I just wanted to say a massive thank you to the Heliguy Team based at Heliguy HQ, Newcastle. I attended you PfCO course in summer 2016. I was first a bit apprehensive as i thought i didn't have the knowledge nor skills to undertake this course, however, i spent a good amount of time on the phone to Steve who talked me through step by step how the course was laid out.

Day 1 of the course had arrived and I was welcomed into Heliguy HQ as if I was a regular customer, not just from the training guys but from the lads from Sales, Marketing and the technicians. We were introduced to Daz who was taking us for the majority of the course. He was laid back yet professional and knew his stuff. He was a really relatable guy, a great asset to the Heliguy team. When Daz left we were introduced to Tom, and I can't thank Tom enough for his ongoing support whether it was via email or phone once id finished the course and was putting my Ops Manual together.

Today I met Richard at my flight test. This was something i was fairly nervous about as I have never had to plan a job before and even if i had, i would have never had done it next to someone who is well respected in the SUA industry. Rich, just like Daz was really laid back yet professional and made me felt at ease during the whole flight test.

Thank you Heliguy for allowing my business to grow into the aerial industry.

Kind regards,

Sam Lowe
Managing Director, The Northumbrian Filming Company

November 9, 2016 |
HeliGuy Ground school (Manchester)

Our instructors Dan and Tom were awesome. Really knowledgeable, friendly and professional. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and found it very informative, I shall definitely be recommending HeliGuy training to my colleagues. Many thanks to everyone at Heliguy who helped to set-up and deliver this course.

September 14, 2016 |
Looking to fly a drone commercially?

Did my PfAW qualifying course here & couldn't recommend it more.

September 8, 2016 |
Worth Every Penny

I did this course a couple of weeks ago and can totally recommend it, professional, informative and yet managed to keep it interesting over the three and a half days. Daz and Dan were both great trainers and taught way more than just how to pass the ground exam. Worth every penny. Oh, and you meet some great people on the course.





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