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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 CPL-sU 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.

Here's what to expect each day on Heliguy's CPL-sU 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 weather patterns and aviation charts.

Day Two

The second day of your course begins with an explanation of Air Law, as well as instruction on the different categories of airspace. There are also in-depth sessions on Airmanship and the Human Factors of aviation.

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

After a recap session, 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.

Day Four

We begin with a planning exercise before moving on to the theory exam (70% 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.

Heliguy CAA Training Ground School Day Four

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


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




The training course schedule for 2016 / 2017 is below. The maximum number of students is 16 per course.



  • 24th October 2016
  • 21st November 2016
  • 12th December 2016
  • 30th January 2017
  • 27th February 2017
  • 3rd April 2017
  • 9th May 2017
  • 6th June 2017
  • 4th July 2017
  • 31st July 2017
  • 5th September 2017
  • 2nd October 2017
  • 6th November 2017
  • 4th December 2017


  • 1st November 2016
  • 9th January 2017
  • 14th March 2017
  • 16th May 2017
  • 11th July 2017
  • 12th September 2017
  • 14th November 2017


  • 18th October 2016
  • 15th November 2016
  • 6th December 2016
  • 24th January 2017
  • 21st February 2017
  • 28th March 2017
  • 25th April 2017
  • 23rd May 2017
  • 27th June 2017
  • 25th July 2017
  • 22nd August 2017
  • 26th September 2017
  • 24th October 2017
  • 28th November 2017
  • 12th December 2017

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.



What to expect from the course.

Our full CAA-approved drone course takes place over a 3.5-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.




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.



Why can't I take my training online?

Heliguy are 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 a 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.

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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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