Heliguy is committed to providing unbeatable drone training for aspiring commercial 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) certification and to become a confident, fully qualified drone professional.
We have taken a unique approach to our drone training. While we cover all of the important components on the NQE syllabus, we also offer a level of experience-led industry guidance to prospective drone pilots that is unavailable elsewhere.
Please Note: Our drone training courses are available on interest free finance from £39.97 per month – call 0191 296 1024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our course costs don't include any hidden fees, what you see is what you get. We offer a comprehensive support network to every one of our trainees from their initial Ground School course to Operations Manual production and even beyond the drone flight test with advice on renewals and additional permissions just a phone call away.
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:
CAA Training Timetable
|Airlaw||Human Factors||Operations Manual & Flight Assessment Prep|
|Lesson 2||Airspace Operating Procedures||Aircraft Knowledge||Operating Procedures|
|Navigation & Charts||Airmanship & Aviation Safety||Planning Exercises|
|Lesson 4||Summary||Summary||Theroy Test|
Timings may change depending on the course, the location and to ensure that all topics are covered to the satisfaction of our trainees.
An introduction to drones for both new and experienced pilots. By the end of the day, you'll know your IMU from your ESCs, the difference between Course Lock & 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.
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.
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 then complete your Ops Manual before taking the practical flight test. 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.
Heliguy's course has been designed to give you the best possible start in offering professional drone services. Our course isn't available to take online as we believe that providing our trainees face-to-face support from expert course instructors is a lot more valuable than unguided remote working.
There are no hidden fees with Heliguy, what you see is what you get and we don't charge you for any retakes of examinations that are required, letting you focus on passing without the stress of additional outlay. This also includes Operations Manual support; our team are there to support you long after the course has been completed with insights and advice as we believe in building lasting relationships with our trainees.
While the majority of NQEs charge extra (up to £200) for the addition of night flying to your Operations Manual and subsequently your CAA application, Heliguy offers guidance and support on this absolutely free.
We also offer interest free drone training finance (from £39.97 per month) to help you get started on our course.
Having been built on the mantra that our clients are the most important thing to our business – we've brought this into our approach to training. We aren't some faceless organisation, Heliguy is here to help you from your initial inquiry right through to your first commercial flight and beyond.
If you want to learn more about what sets us apart from the competition – you can give our team a call on 0191 296 1024 or email email@example.com with an enquiry.
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 plus you're guaranteed free lifetime support as your business develops.
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
The drone 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. 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.
VENUES SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Please contact the team before booking at 0191 296 1024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unit 9, Jupiter Court, Orion Business Park, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE29 7SE
Pott Shrigley, Cheshire, SK10 5SB
Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, RG27 8AS
See the drop-down menu at the top of this page for our drone training course schedule for 2016 / 2017. The maximum number of students is 16 per course.
Bespoke 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.
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 to commit.
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 for the initial submission, and then charge 50% of the submission fee for the yearly renewal of your permissions (These costs are subject to change – contact the CAA for the most up to date information).
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?
We don’t rely on distance learning. 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 with 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.
Why can't I attend your drone training course 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.