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Drone Training Courses

Here are the drone courses that HELIGUY.com™ offer.

A2 CofC

CAA Drone Training Online for A2 CofC

Online Training Available

Early Booking Discount

£209.00 ex Tax

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GVC

Online Drone Training GVC

Online Training Available

Early Booking Discount

£624.00 ex Tax

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Online Training

HELIGUY Blackbox Online Drone Training Platform

Online Training Available

Online Training Courses

No Extra Cost

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What kind of drone training do you need?

Cut through the often confusing regulatory setup and use our simple guide to understand what drone training is right for you.

Do I Need to Take a Drone Training Course?

If you're going to be flying in any of these circumstances - then yes - you'll need some form of commercial drone training in the UK:

  • Closer than 150m horizontally from any kind of built up area - that includes commercial, residential or recreational areas.
  • Flying over or around people you don't have any control over.
  • Flying closer than 50m horizontally from people - even when using "low speed" or tripod mode.
  • You're flying a drone over 4kg in weight.

When do I not need Drone Training?

The only exception is if you're flying any drone under 250g - the DJI Mavic Mini for example. Any drone under 250g can be flown without any training if risk to people and property is low.

These new laws are derived from EASA regulation and will come into force on December 31, 2020. However - you can still take your training course now ahead of the regulatory change.

Salient Differences Between A2 CofC and GVC Approvals:

There are some key differences between the A2 CofC and GVC, including which drones you can fly, CAA fees, and the training requirements you need to undertake to obtain your certificate.

 

You Need A2 CofC Training

You'll Need a GVC

Training Requirements

  • Theoretical Learning
  • Theoretical Exam
  • Self-Guided Practical Flight Training
  • Theoretical Learning
  • Theoretical Exam
  • Operations Manual
  • RAE Practical Flight Assessment

CAA Fees

None

  • Initial Application
  • Annual Renewal
  • Approx £450 total

Permitted SUA

  • A1 Transitional
  • A2 Transitional
  • C2
  • 0-20kg SUA
  • (increasing to 25kg in Dec 2020)

Commercial Activity Permitted

 

 

Qualification Validity

5 Years

5 Years

Advantage

  • No costs with CAA
  • No Operations Manual
  • No flight assessment
  • Reduced separation distances (C2)
  • +400ft structure inspection permitted
  • Available to use now
  • EVLOS/ BVLOS Bolt-on Modules
  • Any SUA (0-20kg)
  • Governance & operating procedures
  • Multiple RP permitted

Disadvantage

  • Limited to aircraft
  • Not available to use until 31/12/2020
  • No recognised qualification
  • Currently no C2 aircraft
  • Single RP only
  • Longer training pathway
  • Comprehensive Syllabus
  • Longer Examination
  • Ongoing CAA Costs
  • Audit & Governance
 
If you're still confused about whether you need training - you can get much more detail in our blog post.

Click here to read our New Drone Regulations Guide.

Drone Licenses - do you need one?

Learn more about drone licenses in the UK - and if you'll need further training.

Do I need a drone licence?

If you’re planning on using your drone strictly as a hobby, a drone licence is not required as long as you follow the CAA regulations.

If you’re planning on using your drone for profit or for business purposes, you will need to get a drone licence (or PfCO) from a CAA approved provider.

The ‘drone licence’ referred to by Heliguy is actually known as PfCO (Permissions for Commercial Operations), A2 CofC or GVC. Rather than a licence, UK permissions are granted by the CAA following your training and successful completion of some level of testing - depending on the level of qualification you take.

As far as the UK goes - it's a permission - NOT a license.

In order to get a drone license, you'll need to train with a National Qualified Entity (NQE) or Recognised Assessment Entity (RAE). Heliguy are one of the leading NQE's in the UK who have successfully trainsitioned to RAE status, and can provide industry-leading training to secure your license.

How much does a UK Drone License Cost?

Course

Cost

A2 Certificate of Competency (CofC) Course

£209.00 ex Tax

General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC) Course

£624.00 ex Tax

Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) Course

No Longer Applicable

An interest free finance option is also available for your drone license training course.

There are no hidden costs to our PfCO, A2 CofC or GVC Courses - you will not be charged for extras at any point, unlike many other RAEs.

If you're outside the UK - we provide more guidance on drone rules and regulations around the world on our blog.

Now Choose The Right Drone Training

There Are No Drone Licenses In The UK

Drone License Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a license to own a drone?

No - not at the moment.

However - there is now a drone registration scheme that you'll need to use to register any drone with a takeoff weight of 250g or above.

This involves a short questionnaire to ensure that new drone pilots understand the current regulations.

Learn More About Drone Registration

However, if you want to buy a drone, there's nothing stopping you!

Do I need a license to fly a drone in the UK?

No - you can still have great fun with a drone without the need for a license.

However - getting some form of drone license, particularly the A2 CofC will open up a wealth of new, legal opportunities for drone pilots.

If you're flying commercially however, you'll need insurance to protect yourself, your equipment, and other people or property.

Be a responsible operator and make sure you have the correct licence in place for the type of drone activity you're undertaking.

A 'Drone License' Wording Reminder...

The CAA does not issues licences. There is no such thing as a 'Drone licence' in the UK.

You'll actually receive a Permission for Commercial Operations (or PfCO), A2 Certificate of Competency (CofC) or General Visual Line of Sight Certification (GVC) after completing the necessary course.

However, as this isn't common knowledge. we've created this article on drone licences to educate and inform the public.

Do I need a Drone License for Photography?

The fact that you're taking images or video with your drone doesn't automatically mean you need a license.

It's where you'll be capturing those images and the circumstances surrounding the flight that dictate whether or not you'll need some form of training.

Click the button below to use our Training Requirements by Drone calculator to understand if you'll need training or not:

Training Required By Drone

Where can I get my drone licence?

Your licence can only be given following the CAA’s review of your completion of either a PfCO, A2 CofC or GVC course.

Heliguy, a CAA approved NQE (now RAE), can offer training for your licence in their Newcastle, Farnborough and Manchester, or online through our Heliguy Blackbox platform.

Online Drone Training

Heliguy have a brand new "Blackbox" system in place so that you can secure a permission online. Click the button below to find out more.

More About Online Drone Training

Can I get my drone licence online?

Yes - Heliguy now offer fully online courses for the A2 CofC course and partially online training for the GVC.

This gives you complete flexibility to learn as, when and how you want!

Use the button below to find out more.

More About Online Drone Training in the UK

I have a Ground School Certificate, Flight Assessment or Operations Manual. Can I finish my training with Heliguy?

In the past - Heliguy were happy to assist candidates who had started their training elsewhere.

However, due to the improvement in the structure of the A2 CofC and GVC courses when compared to the PfCO, there is no longer the chance to switch midway through your training.

If you're in the position where you have completed some part of your training, please give the training team a call on 862 298 5964 to discuss what options you may have.

Do different types of drones need different licences?

Different types of licenses are required for the different drones available.

Different licences are required for fixed wing or multirotor as well as different weight categories.

Click the button below to use our Training Requirements by Drone calculator to find out what kind of drone license you'll need:

Training Required By Drone

I already have a pilots licence - can I fly my drone commercially?

No - separate training is required to operate drones in the UK and throughout Europe.

Will my English drone licence apply in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland?

Your drone license will apply in any country in the UK.

How old do you have to be to get a drone licence?

The CAA won’t grant permission to anyone under the age of 18.

Do I need a Commercial Drone License or a Hobbyist Licence?

As of the time of writing, there is no hobbyist drone license in the UK.

Whether or not you'll need some form of qualification depends on the circumstances of your flight.

Use the button below to learn more about the "categories" of flight.

Open Category Drone Flights

Is there a Drone License Test?

Yes- there is a theory test to take when you've finished a drone license course.

The A2 CofC course does not have a practical test, but the PfCO and GVC courses do.

Use the button below to learn more about these courses.

Drone Training Courses

Is there a European Drone License?

At this point there is no central authority for issuing drone licenses - they're only approved country by country.

Are there Drone License Schools in the UK?

Yes - they're called CAA National Qualified Entities (NQEs) - or Recognised Assessment Entities (RAEs).

Heliguy are proud to be one of the leading NQE's in the UK and one of the first to transition to RAE status!

Training By Drone

Simply select the drone you're flying - and get detailed information on the training you'll need.

To help clarify how the new drone regulations are going to affect you, we've broken down all the pertinent rules by drone model.

Simply choose the drone you're flying from the menu below and you'll be shown the advice that applies specifically to that drone.

DJI Mavic Mini

Mavic Mini Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Spark

Spark Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Mavic Air

Mavic Air Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

Mavic 2 Zoom Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Mavic 2 Pro Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise

Mavic 2 Enterprise Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Phantom 3

Phantom 3 Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

Phantom 4 Pro Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Phantom 4 RTK

Phantom 4 RTK Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Inspire 2

Inspire 2 Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Matrice 600

Matrice 600 Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Matrice 200 Series

Matrice 200 Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

Mavic Mini


Until 31 December 2020

Where Can I Fly?

Drone pilots should follow the Drone Code, or permissions granted by their PfCO.

Do I need to register my drone in the UK?

No. There is no need to register under the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service.


After December 31 2020 (Transitional Period)

Where Can I Fly?

As standard, the Mavic Mini weighs 249g, meaning that you can operate in the A1 Category of the Open Category. This means that you can fly over uninvolved people, but not over crowds. All you need to do before you fly is read the drone's user manual.

However, if you are operating outside and add items to your Mavic Mini, such as prop guards or the snap adaptor, this will take the weight over the 250g threshold, meaning that you will have to operate in the A1 Transitional category, which stipulates no intentional flight over uninvolved persons. However, to be able to do this, you will need to complete an A2 Certificate of Competency.

If your Mavic Mini exceeds the 250g flying weight and you are flying outdoors, but you do not have an A2 CofC, then you will have to operate your drone within the rules of the A3 subcategory of the Open Category, which stipulates no uninvolved people present within the area of flight; and no flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial or recreational areas

Do I need to register my drone?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.

What Happens If I Have a PfCO?

Holders of a PfCO valid beyond December 31 2020, can operate under the terms of the permission, until their renewal date. Then apply to fly under an Operational Authorisation (replacing the PfCO).


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Spark


Until 31 December 2020

Where Can I Fly?

Drone pilots should follow the Drone Code, or permissions granted by their PfCO.

Do I need to register my drone in the UK?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.


After December 31 2020 (Transitional Period)

Where Can I Fly?

No uninvolved people present within the area of flight; No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial or recreational areas (A3 subcategory of Open category).

Want more freedom? Complete an A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 CofC) and you can fly in the A1 Transitional section of the A1 subcategory - meaning no intentional flight over uninvolved persons.

There is no limitation on proximity to buildings. But this is not a free for all, because the prescribed separation distances from uninvolved people still apply to persons that are occupants of any vehicle, vessel or structure.

Do I need to register my drone?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.

What Happens If I Have a PfCO?

Holders of a PfCO valid beyond December 31 2020, can operate under the terms of the permission, until their renewal date. Then apply to fly under an Operational Authorisation (replacing the PfCO).


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Mavic Air


Until 31 December 2020

Where Can I Fly?

Drone pilots should follow the Drone Code, or permissions granted by their PfCO.

Do I need to register my drone in the UK?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.


After December 31 2020 (Transitional Period)

Where Can I Fly?

No uninvolved people present within the area of flight; No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial or recreational areas (A3 subcategory of Open category).

Want more freedom? Complete an A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 CofC) and you can fly in the A1 Transitional section of the A1 subcategory - meaning no intentional flight over uninvolved persons.

There is no limitation on proximity to buildings. But this is not a free for all, because the prescribed separation distances from uninvolved people still apply to persons that are occupants of any vehicle, vessel or structure.

Do I need to register my drone?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.

What Happens If I Have a PfCO?

Holders of a PfCO valid beyond December 31 2020, can operate under the terms of the permission, until their renewal date. Then apply to fly under an Operational Authorisation (replacing the PfCO).


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Mavic 2 Zoom


Until 31 December 2020

Where Can I Fly?

Drone pilots should follow the Drone Code, or permissions granted by their PfCO.

Do I need to register my drone in the UK?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.


After December 31 2020 (Transitional Period)

Where Can I Fly?

There can be no uninvolved people present within the area of flight; and there can be no flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, or recreational areas (A3 subcategory of Open category).

Want more freedom? Complete an A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 C of C) and you can fly as close as 50m horizontally of uninvolved people (A2 subcategory).

There is no limitation on proximity to buildings. But this is not a free for all, because the prescribed separation distances from uninvolved people still apply to persons that are occupants of any vehicle, vessel or structure.

How Do I Get an A2 C of C?

Sit an A2 C of C with a Recognised Assessment Entity, such as Heliguy. This is a one-day course, priced at £249.00 for a limited time only, normally £299.00.

Do I need to register my drone?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.

What Happens If I Have a PfCO?

Holders of a PfCO valid beyond December 31 2020, can operate under the terms of the permission, until their renewal date. Then apply to fly under an Operational Authorisation (replacing the PfCO).


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Mavic 2 Pro


Until 31 December 2020

Where Can I Fly?

Drone pilots should follow the Drone Code, or permissions granted by their PfCO.

Do I need to register my drone in the UK?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.


After December 31 2020 (Transitional Period)

Where Can I Fly?

There can be no uninvolved people present within the area of flight; and there can be no flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, or recreational areas (A3 subcategory of Open category).

Want more freedom? Complete an A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 C of C) and you can fly as close as 50m horizontally of uninvolved people (A2 subcategory).

There is no limitation on proximity to buildings. But this is not a free for all, because the prescribed separation distances from uninvolved people still apply to persons that are occupants of any vehicle, vessel or structure.

How Do I Get an A2 C of C?

Sit an A2 C of C with a Recognised Assessment Entity, such as Heliguy. This is a one-day course, priced at £249.00 for a limited time only, normally £299.00.

Do I need to register my drone?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.

What Happens If I Have a PfCO?

Holders of a PfCO valid beyond December 31 2020, can operate under the terms of the permission, until their renewal date. Then apply to fly under an Operational Authorisation (replacing the PfCO).


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Mavic 2 Enterprise


Until 31 December 2020

Where Can I Fly?

Drone pilots should follow the Drone Code, or permissions granted by their PfCO.

Do I need to register my drone in the UK?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.


After December 31 2020 (Transitional Period)

Where Can I Fly?

There can be no uninvolved people present within the area of flight; and there can be no flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, or recreational areas (A3 subcategory of Open category).

Want more freedom? Complete an A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 C of C) and you can fly as close as 50m horizontally of uninvolved people (A2 subcategory).

There is no limitation on proximity to buildings. But this is not a free for all, because the prescribed separation distances from uninvolved people still apply to persons that are occupants of any vehicle, vessel or structure.

How Do I Get an A2 C of C?

Sit an A2 C of C with a Recognised Assessment Entity, such as Heliguy. This is a one-day course, priced at £249.00 for a limited time only, normally £299.00.

Do I need to register my drone?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.

What Happens If I Have a PfCO?

Holders of a PfCO valid beyond December 31 2020, can operate under the terms of the permission, until their renewal date. Then apply to fly under an Operational Authorisation (replacing the PfCO).


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Phantom 3


Until 31 December 2020

Where Can I Fly?

Drone pilots should follow the Drone Code, or permissions granted by their PfCO.

Do I need to register my drone in the UK?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.


After December 31 2020 (Transitional Period)

Where Can I Fly?

There can be no uninvolved people present within the area of flight; and there can be no flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, or recreational areas (A3 subcategory of Open category).

Want more freedom? Complete an A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 C of C) and you can fly as close as 50m horizontally of uninvolved people (A2 subcategory).

There is no limitation on proximity to buildings. But this is not a free for all, because the prescribed separation distances from uninvolved people still apply to persons that are occupants of any vehicle, vessel or structure.

How Do I Get an A2 C of C?

Sit an A2 C of C with a Recognised Assessment Entity, such as Heliguy. This is a one-day course, priced at £249.00 for a limited time only, normally £299.00.

Do I need to register my drone?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.

What Happens If I Have a PfCO?

Holders of a PfCO valid beyond December 31 2020, can operate under the terms of the permission, until their renewal date. Then apply to fly under an Operational Authorisation (replacing the PfCO).


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Phantom 4 Pro


Until 31 December 2020

Where Can I Fly?

Drone pilots should follow the Drone Code, or permissions granted by their PfCO.

Do I need to register my drone in the UK?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.


After December 31 2020 (Transitional Period)

Where Can I Fly?

There can be no uninvolved people present within the area of flight; and there can be no flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, or recreational areas (A3 subcategory of Open category).

Want more freedom? Complete an A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 C of C) and you can fly as close as 50m horizontally of uninvolved people (A2 subcategory).

There is no limitation on proximity to buildings. But this is not a free for all, because the prescribed separation distances from uninvolved people still apply to persons that are occupants of any vehicle, vessel or structure.

How Do I Get an A2 C of C?

Sit an A2 C of C with a Recognised Assessment Entity, such as Heliguy. This is a one-day course, priced at £249.00 for a limited time only, normally £299.00.

Do I need to register my drone?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.

What Happens If I Have a PfCO?

Holders of a PfCO valid beyond December 31 2020, can operate under the terms of the permission, until their renewal date. Then apply to fly under an Operational Authorisation (replacing the PfCO).


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Phantom 4 RTK


Until 31 December 2020

Where Can I Fly?

Drone pilots should follow the Drone Code, or permissions granted by their PfCO.

Do I need to register my drone in the UK?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.


After December 31 2020 (Transitional Period)

Where Can I Fly?

There can be no uninvolved people present within the area of flight; and there can be no flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, or recreational areas (A3 subcategory of Open category).

Want more freedom? Complete an A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 C of C) and you can fly as close as 50m horizontally of uninvolved people (A2 subcategory).

There is no limitation on proximity to buildings. But this is not a free for all, because the prescribed separation distances from uninvolved people still apply to persons that are occupants of any vehicle, vessel or structure.

How Do I Get an A2 C of C?

Sit an A2 C of C with a Recognised Assessment Entity, such as Heliguy. This is a one-day course, priced at £249.00 for a limited time only, normally £299.00.

Do I need to register my drone?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.

What Happens If I Have a PfCO?

Holders of a PfCO valid beyond December 31 2020, can operate under the terms of the permission, until their renewal date. Then apply to fly under an Operational Authorisation (replacing the PfCO).


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Matrice 200 Series


Until 31 December 2020

Where Can I Fly?

Drone pilots should follow the Drone Code, or permissions granted by their PfCO.

Do I need to register my drone in the UK?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.


After December 31 2020 (Transitional Period)

Where Can I Fly?

There can be no uninvolved people present within the area of flight; and there can be no flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, or recreational areas (A3 subcategory of Open category).

Want more freedom? Complete a GVC (General VLOS Certificate).

How Do I Get a GVC?

Sit a GVC course with Heliguy. The GVC consists of a theoretical syllabus, followed by a multiple-choice examination.

Following completion of the course, candidates are required to produce an Operations Manual embracing the applicable Pre-Defined Risk Assessments (PDRA) and/or Standard Scenarios (STS).and will undergo a practical flight assessment with a flight examiner. Following completion, candidates will receive a recommendation for the issue of the GVC.

Do I need to register my drone?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.

What Happens If I Have a PfCO?

Holders of a PfCO valid beyond December 31 2020, can operate under the terms of the permission, until their renewal date. Then apply to fly under an Operational Authorisation (replacing the PfCO).


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Matrice 600


Until 31 December 2020

Where Can I Fly?

Drone pilots should follow the Drone Code, or permissions granted by their PfCO.

Do I need to register my drone in the UK?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.


After December 31 2020 (Transitional Period)

Where Can I Fly?

There can be no uninvolved people present within the area of flight; and there can be no flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, or recreational areas (A3 subcategory of Open category).

Want more freedom? Complete a GVC (General VLOS Certificate).

How Do I Get a GVC?

Sit a GVC course with Heliguy. The GVC consists of a theoretical syllabus, followed by a multiple-choice examination.

Following completion of the course, candidates are required to produce an Operations Manual embracing the applicable Pre-Defined Risk Assessments (PDRA) and/or Standard Scenarios (STS).and will undergo a practical flight assessment with a flight examiner. Following completion, candidates will receive a recommendation for the issue of the GVC.

Do I need to register my drone?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.

What Happens If I Have a PfCO?

Holders of a PfCO valid beyond December 31 2020, can operate under the terms of the permission, until their renewal date. Then apply to fly under an Operational Authorisation (replacing the PfCO).


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Inspire 2


Until 31 December 2020

Where Can I Fly?

Drone pilots should follow the Drone Code, or permissions granted by their PfCO.

Do I need to register my drone in the UK?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.


After December 31 2020 (Transitional Period)

Where Can I Fly?

There can be no uninvolved people present within the area of flight; and there can be no flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, or recreational areas (A3 subcategory of Open category).

Want more freedom? Complete a GVC (General VLOS Certificate).

How Do I Get a GVC?

Sit a GVC course with Heliguy. The GVC consists of a theoretical syllabus, followed by a multiple-choice examination.

Following completion of the course, candidates are required to produce an Operations Manual embracing the applicable Pre-Defined Risk Assessments (PDRA) and/or Standard Scenarios (STS).and will undergo a practical flight assessment with a flight examiner. Following completion, candidates will receive a recommendation for the issue of the GVC.

Do I need to register my drone?

Yes. See the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service page for more details.

What Happens If I Have a PfCO?

Holders of a PfCO valid beyond December 31 2020, can operate under the terms of the permission, until their renewal date. Then apply to fly under an Operational Authorisation (replacing the PfCO).


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Drone Training Videos

We've created some video guidance around drone training. Simply click the images below to watch.

 

 

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ONLINE DRONE TRAINING

Learn more about Heliguy Blackbox - our digital learning portal.

New Online Drone Training Solution

  • Accessible, on demand content
  • Blended and flexible learning solution
  • Live interactive chat with Heliguy instructors
  • Training Hub for PfCO, A2 CofC and GVC
  • Bonus material and product discounts
  • Free for past and current candidates
  • Free transition to A2 CofC / GVC course for candidates who have not completed PfCO

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Drone Training Locations

Where can you take our in-person drone training courses.

Drone Training Southern England

The Elvetham

With a fascinating history, beautiful gardens and secluded in the heart of an 8,000 acre estate, The Elvetham is an opulent venue to complete your drone training.

Address

Fleet Rd, Hartley Whitney,
Hook, Hampshire
RG27 8AS

Drone Training Manchester

Shrigley Hall

This elegant Georgian country house and spa is nestled in 262 acres of grounds on the edge of the Peak District National Park and has an 18-hole championship golf course.

Address

Shrigley Rd, Pott Shrigley,
Macclesfield, Cheshire
SK10 5SB

Drone Training Newcastle

The Village Hotel

A stylish hotel with a pub & grill, spa and a gym all under one roof, located between the bustling city centre of Newcastle and the stunning beaches at Longsands and Whitley Bay.

Address

10 The Silverlink North, Newcastle-upon-Tyne,
Tyne and Wear
NE27 0BY

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak - all our training is currently being delivered online.

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Here are just some of the reasons to choose Heliguy as your partner in the drone industry, for training and beyond!

Heliguy Drone Training Benefits

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Drone Training Case Studies

Real-world examples of our training expertise.

Drone Training Case Study with Balfour Beatty Construction

Heliguy has trained pilots from global infrastructure firm Balfour Beatty - and their pilots are using drones to save time, improve safety and collect data across their sites.

Pilot Wayne Hughes said: "Heliguy has industry-recognised expertise and offers a fantastic range of products which have supported us in our business. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Heliguy to others in the industry."

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Drone Training Case Study with Network Rail Infrastructure

Heliguy delivered drone pilot training to Network Rail to build a 'strong team' of skilled operators to bolster its UAS division, as part of a £2.6million framework agreement.

Paul Lindup, of Network Rail, said: "The course was very professional, very well structured and very well delivered. I know Heliguy's instructors are great at what they do and the candidates are in safe hands."

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Drone Training Case Study with Derbyshire Police

Two officers from Derbyshire Constabulary were called into action with their drone less than 48 hours after completing their drone training with Heliguy - filling a vital gap in operational capability.

PC Tom Gee, Derbyshire Constabulary, said: "It was great to see that our officers had the confidence and ability to deploy so quickly after passing their assessment.

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PfCO CAA Drone Training Course

Get your Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) with Heliguy

Heliguy’s PfCO course is no longer available. It has been replaced by the GVC course - available now.

Until 31 December 2020, candidates will be taught a hybrid syllabus, comprising the current and future drone regulations for the UK

Upon successful completion of the GVC course, candidates can apply to the CAA for Standard Permissions to operate commercially.

From 31 December 2020, holders can continue to operate under the terms of their current permissions, but on renewal, these will convert to an Operational Authorisation.

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CAA Drone Training for A2 CofC

Get your A2 Certificate of Competency (CofC) with Heliguy

From December 31 2020, holding an A2 CofC will allow you to fly in the A2 subcategory and the A1 Transitional subcategory of the Open Category. If you don't hold an A2 CofC, you could find yourself having to operate in the A3 subcategory, ie fly far from people.

If you have an A2 CofC, then the A2 subcategory (fly close to people) will let you fly a C2-class aircraft down to a maximum distance of 30m horizontally from uninvolved people. Or up to 5m in 'low-speed mode'.

During the Transitional Period, an A2 CofC will let you operate ‘legacy’ aircraft (such as your current DJI drone) with a flying weight of up to 2kg in the A2 Transitional subcategory. You will be able to fly up to 50m horizontally from uninvolved people.

During the Transitional Period, having an A2 CofC will also allow you to operate a ‘legacy’ drone with a flying weight of up to 500g in the A1 Transitional subcategory, which stipulates no intentional flight over uninvolved persons.

If your DJI Mavic Mini’s flying weight exceeds 250g, then you will have to fly it in the A1 Transitional subcategory - as long as you have an A2 CofC. Otherwise you will need to operate by the terms of the A3 subcategory.

The A2 CofC is valid for five years. While you can’t use your A2 CofC until the new UK drone laws start, you can book your course with Heliguy and complete your A2 CofC training now.

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A2 CofC Frequent Asked Questions

What is the A2 CofC?

The A2 CofC (Certificate of Competency) is a remote pilot competency certificate primarily intended to assure safe operations of drones close to uninvolved persons. It is being introduced as part of the new EASA drone regulations, starting in the UK on December 31 2020.

 
Why do I need an A2 CofC?

An A2 CofC allows pilots to fly an C2 class aircraft within the A2 subcategory of the Open Category and small legacy aircraft within the A1 transitional subcategory. This contrasts with the GVC, which allows pilots to fly in the specific category using visual line of sight (VLOS) and is required to obtain an Operational Authorisation.

Where can I fly my drone if I have an A2 CofC?

Providing you have an A2 CofC, operators can use a C2-rated drone (up to 4kg) in the A2 subcategory to fly up to 30m horizontally from uninvolved people, or 5 metres in ‘low speed’ mode. This will be a huge benefit for drone pilots.

During the Transitional Period operators who have an A2 CofC can fly a ‘legacy’ drone weighing up to 2kg (ie a DJI Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom, or Phantom 4) in the A2 subcategory and get as close as 50m horizontally from uninvolved people.

During the Transitional Period, operators who have an A2 CofC can also fly a ‘legacy’ aircraft which weighs up to 500g – such as the DJI Mavic Mini – in the A1 Transitional subcategory, where the stipulation is that you must not fly over uninvolved people.

Interestingly, there is no specification in the A2 subcategory/A1 Transitional about operating close to buildings, cars, trains or boats.

Does the A2 CofC allow me to operate commercially?

Yes. Post 2020, anyone can operate a UAS for commercial gain within any category or subcategory. The purpose of the flight no longer dictates your requirement for training meaning there is no distinction between commercial and non-commercial operations.

What Happens If I Haven’t Got an A2 CofC?

If you haven’t got an A2 CofC, you could find yourself limited in terms of where you can fly your drone.

From December 31 2020, to January 1, 2023, if you have a ‘legacy’ drone weighing between 500g and 2kg (such as Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom, Phantom Series) and you don’t have an A2 CofC, you will have to operate in the A3 subcategory (far from people), which stipulates that there can be no uninvolved people present within the area of flight, and no flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial or recreational areas.

Likewise, if you have a ‘legacy’ aircraft which weighs up to 500g – such as the DJI Mavic Mini/Spark/Mavic Air – and you don’t have an A2 CofC, you will be restricted to flying in the A3 subcategory from December 31 2020.

How Do I Obtain an A2 CofC?

You can obtain an A2 CofC by completing a one-day Ground School course with Heliguy. You can sit your A2 CofC at one of three Heliguy training venues (The Elvetham, Shrigley Hall, and The Village Hotel). Alternatively, sit the course online via Heliguy Blackbox and complete the modules remotely in your own time and at your own convenience.

The A2 CofC course will cover topics such as basic principles of flight, congested area operations, avoiding collision, battery safety, and environmental factors. It will culminate in a theory examination. As a Recognised Assessment Entity (RAE), we now have dispensation from the CAA to allow us to invigilate the A2 CofC theory examination remotely using your webcam to maintain virtual exam conditions within Blackbox - if you choose to sit our online drone training

There are no requirements to complete a practical flight test or an Operations Manual for the A2 CofC.

 
What Do I Have To Do In The A2 CofC Theory Examination?

The exam – sat in formal conditions – comprises a minimum of 30 multiple-choice questions, specifically covering meteorology; UAS flight performance; and technical and operational mitigations for ground risk.

The exam is a closed-book format (except when questions require reference to charts, or other sources of specific aeronautical information) and the minimum pass mark is 75%.

The examination will last for 75 minutes. Any candidate with a recognised disability or additional needs (e.g. dyslexia or dyspraxia) will be given an additional 15 minutes.

 
What Happens If I Fail The A2 CofC Exam?

Heliguy will offer free resits for a period of 12 months after you have failed your first exam. Any candidates who need to resit the test a year after failing the first will have to pay a nominal fee and re-do the one-day A2 CofC course, as well as sit the exam.

Do I Need To Do Anything Other Than My A2 CofC?

Yes. You must complete a period of practical flight training, either under the guidance of an RAE (ie Heliguy - additional charge applies) or under self-monitored circumstances, conducted within the operating conditions of subcategory A3 but simulating the operating situations associated with the A2 subcategory. You can complete the practical flight training before or after the A2 CofC Ground School. When conducting the self-guided practical training, you should perform as many flights as you deem necessary to gain a reasonable level of knowledge/skills to operate your drone. Heliguy recommends a flight time of eight hours. 

After you have completed your practical flight training, fill out the Candidate Practical Flight Training and Declaration Form and sign it. Scan this form or take an image of it with your phone, and then upload it to the Heliguy site.

In preparation for your practical flight training, you must first complete the following activities:

    • Register your drone and complete the CAA’s Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service mandatory training and examination, and be in possession of the Flyer ID number associated with that test;
    • Download the Candidate Practical Flight Training and Declaration Form;
    • Familiarise yourself with your drone's user manual;
    • Download NATS Drone Assist App.

 

How Long Does An A2 CofC Last For?

Your qualification lasts for five years, after which you’ll have to renew it.

Can I Use My A2 CofC Before 31 December 2020?

No. Heliguy is allowing candidates to sit the A2 CofC course and obtain this qualification before the new EASA regulations start in the UK, but successful candidates must not fly under the terms of the A2 CofC until 31 December 2020.

CAA Approved GVC Training

Get your General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC) with Heliguy.

The GVC is a remote pilot competency certificate which provides a single qualification that is suitable for VLOS (Visual Line of Sight) operations within the Specific Category.

The Specific Category hinges on an Operational Authorisation being held by the drone operator, which has been issued by the CAA, before the operation can be commenced.

The Operational Authorisation – to replace the term PfCO – will be based upon a Pre-Defined Risk Assessment (PDRA). PDRAs are still currently under development and will be published soon.

After the GVC Ground School training course, candidates will be required to produce an Operations Manual and undergo a practical flight assessment with a flight examiner.

The GVC is valid for a period of five years and you can book your course with Heliguy and complete your GVC training now.

Until 31 December 2020, candidates will be taught a hybrid syllabus, comprising the current and future drone regulations for the UK.

Upon successful completion of the GVC course, candidates can apply to the CAA for Standard Permissions to operate commercially.

From December 31 2020, holders can continue to operate under the terms of their current permissions, but on renewal, these will convert to an Operational Authorisation.

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  • Flight assessment
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GVC Course Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The GVC?

The GVC (General Visual Line of Sight Certificate) is a remote pilot competency certificate - being introduced as part of the new EASA drone regulations, starting in the UK on December 31 2020 - which provides a single qualification that is suitable for VLOS (Visual Line of Sight) operations within the Specific Category. 

The Specific Category hinges on an Operational Authorisation being held by the drone operator, which has been issued by the CAA, before the operation can be commenced.

The GVC is acceptable for all VLOS operations conducted under a published STS (Standard Scenario) or PDRA (Pre-Defined Risk Assessment) and, in most circumstances, it will be considered an acceptable level of remote pilot competency within an operational risk assessment for any other VLOS operation.

What Is An Operational Authorisation?

The Operational Authorisation – to replace the term PfCO – will be based upon a risk assessment that is completed by the UAS operator, or through a series of Pre-Defined Risk Assessments (PDRA) and/or Standard Scenarios (STS).

This means that individuals or organisations that wish to operate a drone within the Specific Category must either provide a risk assessment to the CAA (by following the OSC – Operating Safety Case – process), or adhere to the requirements of the PDRA and/ or STS.

PDRAs are still currently under development. Current holders of a PfCO will be pleased to hear that the current provisions of a Standard Permission will be converted into a PDRA.

How Do I Obtain a GVC?

You can obtain a GVC by sitting a two-day Ground School course with Heliguy. You can sit your A2 CofC at one of three Heliguy training venues (The Elvetham; Shrigley Hall; and The Village Hotel). Alternatively, sit the course online via Heliguy Blackbox and complete the modules remotely in your own time and at your own convenience.

The GVC course syllabus will cover topics such as airlaw/responsibilities, UAS airspace operating principles, airmanship/aviation safety, meteorology, and navigation/charts, among other things. The GVC course will culminate in a theory test. As a Recognised Assessment Entity (RAE), we now have dispensation from the CAA to allow us to invigilate the GVC theory examination remotely using your webcam to maintain virtual exam conditions within Blackbox - if you choose to sit our online drone training.

All candidates will also be required to complete a practical flight test, which will be taken on a separate date following successful completion of the Ground School course. 

Candidates with a current aviation qualification are exempt from taking the two-day course and theory test. But they must pass the practical flight test. Heliguy recommends that all candidates sit the two-day course/theory test, no matter their previous qualifications.

What Do I Have To Do In The GVC Exam?

The GVC examination – sat in formal conditions – will comprise a minimum of 40 questions. 

There will be a minimum of five questions in each of the following subject areas:

  • Air law/responsibilities;
  • UAS airspace operating principles;
  • Airmanship and aviation safety.


The exam questions may be in the following formats:

  • Multiple-choice questions – a choice of no less than 4 answers;
  • Long answer questions;
  • A mixture of both multiple-choice and long answer questions.


The exam will be a closed-book format (except when questions require reference to charts, or other sources of specific aeronautical information) and the minimum overall pass mark is 75%. 

The duration of the examination can be determined by the RAE and is subject to acceptance by the CAA. Any candidate with a recognised disability or additional needs (e.g. dyslexia or dyspraxia) should be granted an extra 10% of the allocated assessment time to complete the examination.

What Do I Have To Do In The GVC Practical Flight Test?

The GVC practical flight test is designed to provide assurance that the remote pilot being examined can safely undertake a wide range of VLOS operations within the Specific Category, including those conducted under a published STS or PDRA, whilst adhering to a set of procedures contained within an operations manual.

The test will be conducted outdoors and candidates must sufficiently show competence in a range of pre-and-post-flight actions, and in-flight procedures.

All candidates must complete the practical flight test.

What Happens If I Fail The GVC Exam/Flight Assessment?

Heliguy will offer free resits for a period of 12 months after you have failed your first exam. Any candidates who need to resit the test/flight assessment a year after failing the first will have to pay a nominal fee and re-do the GVC course, as well as sit the exam/flight assessment.

Do I Need To Do Anything Other Than My GVC?

Yes. You must successfully complete the CAA’s Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service online training course for basic remote pilot competency and the associated competency test, and be in possession of the Flyer ID number associated with that test.

Are There Bolt-on Modules For The GVC?

Yes, there are. The GVC can be augmented by a number of additional modules. Currently, one additional module has been developed; this is the GVC Module 1, which covers operations that involve an unmanned aircraft being flown beyond the VLOS of the remote pilot but make use of visual observers for the purpose of avoiding collisions (ie Extended VLOS operations).

These bolt-on modules will allow you to complete more complex missions with your drone, similar to what is now granted through an OSC (Operating Safety Case).

Heliguy will be releasing more information on these bolt-on modules in due course.

How Long Does My GVC Last For?

The GVC, along with any additional modules that are attached to it, is valid for a period of five years from the date that the examination was taken.

Can I Use My GVC Before December 31 2020?

No you can’t. Heliguy is allowing candidates to sit the GVC course and obtain this qualification before the new EASA regulations start in the UK, but successful candidates must not fly under the terms of the GVC until 31 December 2020.

What Happens If I Have A Valid PfCO?

Holders of a PfCO valid beyond December 31 2020, can operate under the terms of the permission, until their renewal date. 

When you renew after the new legislation begins, the PfCO will become known as an Operational Authorisation, but you will be granted the same Standard Permissions as before.

This means it is still worth pursuing a PfCO course before December 31 2020. You can sit a PfCO with Heliguy. Click here for more details.

Practical Flight Assessments for Drones

Here's what a practical flight assessment entails.

The practical flight assessment is an important part of both the PfCO and GVC. Operators must demonstrate their ability to control their drones safely and accurately through a series of manoeuvres.

Gain access to the exclusive video highlighting which tasks and manoeuvres you should be practising before your assessment, including:

  • 45 degree ascent & descent
  • Figure of eight
  • Aircraft re-orientation
  • Aerial photography manouvres
  • Aerial videography manouvres
 

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Bespoke training for Police, Fire, Search & Rescue and other emergency service clients.

ES-DOT

Heliguy have created an Emergency Services Drone Operator Training (ES-DOT) course specifically for the emergency services in the UK.

Using our wealth of experience training, supporting and supplying the emergency services, we have produced a tailored course that will give the pilots in your organisation the confidence to succeed while on operations.

The ES-DOT course can be taken at one of our existing venues, or our training team can delivery the course at a more convinient location of your choice.

We have trained over 50 emergency service organisations using our ES-DOT programme and have had some incredible feedback.

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  • Includes theory test, flight test and operations manual
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Drone Regulations under New Legislation

Commencing in the UK from December 31 2020

The new regulations - commencing in the UK from December 31 2020 - are designed to align with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and build on the recently-introduced Drone and Model Aircraft Registration Service in the UK.

The main aim is to standardise the overall process for drone operations across Europe, instead of having different rules in various countries.

The regulations are intended to do away with the limitations and ambiguity around commercial and non-commercial drone operations, and instead follow three basic concepts, based around:

  • the type of operation being conducted;
  • the level of risk;
  • the level of performance;

In the long run, the new regulations will open up new possibilities for operating a drone, including letting you fly closer to people than you currently can, and letting you sell your stunning drone images without needing to complete a PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operation).

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New Drone Legislation

CAA Drone Flight Categorisation

Here are the categories you'll be flying in from December 31 2020.

New Drone 'Open' Category Rules

Open category

Operations that present a low (or no) risk to third parties.

Operations are conducted in accordance with basic and pre-defined characteristics and are not subject to any further authorisation requirement.

Open Category Video Guide

New Drone 'Specific' Category Rules

Specific category

Operations that present a greater risk than that of the Open category, or where one or more elements of the operation fall outside the boundaries of the Open category.

Operations will require an Operational Authorisation from the CAA, based on a safety risk assessment.

Get Specific Category Guide

New Drone 'Certified' Category Rules

Certified category

Operations that present an equivalent risk to that of manned aviation and will be subjected to the same regulatory regime (i.e. certification of the aircraft, certification of the operator, licensing of the pilot).

This category is reserved for operations of the highest complexity which will fall outside the remit of the majority of drone operators.

Get Certified Category Guide

Training Requirements in the Open Category

The extent of training required will depend on which Open subcategory (A1-A3) you wish to fly in.

Each subcategory will stipulate how/where you can fly your aircraft.

New classes for drones (C0-C4) will be introduced, based on factors such as maximum take-off weight, speed, and geo-awareness systems, among other things. Specific classes of drones can be flown in certain subcategories of the Open category.

However, there are currently no drones on the market which meet this class criteria - so a Transitional period has been introduced. This means you can continue to use your current drone (to become known as legacy from January 2023), and fly it in the Transitional subcategories of the Open category, as determined by your drone's weight.

Click any of the subcategories to learn more about the specific training requirements:

A1 (No intentional flight over uninvolved persons) Flight with C0 (Under 250g) drone:

Training requirements:

 - UK Drone Registration required (if camera equipped but not a toy)
 - Read user manual
 - DMARES online training (if not a toy)
 - DMARES online foundation test (if not a toy)

A1 (No intentional flight over uninvolved persons) Flight with C1 (Under 900g) drone:

Training requirements:

 - UK Drone Registration Registration required
 - Read user manual
 - DMARES online training
 - DMARES online foundation test

A1 Transitional (No intentional flight over uninvolved person) Flight with 'legacy' drone (under 500g):

Training requirements:

 - UK Drone Registration Registration required;
 - Read user manual
 - DMARES online training
 - DMARES online foundation test
 - Self-practical training (with an RAE, such as Heliguy, or self-monitored)
 - A2 CofC Theory Test (with an RAE, such as Heliguy)

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A2 (Fly 'Close to' People) Flight with C2 (Under 4kg) drone:

Training requirements:

 - UK Drone Registration Registration required
 - Read user manual
 - DMARES online training
 - DMARES online foundation test
 - Self-practical training (with an RAE, such as Heliguy, or self-monitored)
 - A2 CofC theory test (with an RAE, such as Heliguy)

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A2 Transitional (Fly 'Close to' People) Flight with 'legacy' drone (under 2kg):

Training requirements:

 - UK Drone Registration Registration required
 - Read user manual
 - DMARES online training
 - DMARES online foundation test
 - Self-practical training (with an RAE, such as Heliguy, or self-monitored)
 - A2 CofC theory test (with an RAE, such as Heliguy)

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A3 Flight (Fly 'Far from' People) with C3 and C4 (Under 25kg) drones:

Training requirements: 

 - UK Drone Registration Registration required
 - Read user manual
 - DMARES online training
 - DMARES online foundation test

A3 Transitional (Fly 'Far from' People) Flight with 'legacy' drone (between 2kg and 25kg):

Training requirements: 

 - UK Drone Registration Registration required
 - Read user manual
 - DMARES online training
 - DMARES online foundation test

DMARES

Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service

The UK Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service (DMARES) applies to aircraft weighing from 250g to 20kg, and are used outdoors.

From December 31 2020, the DJI Mavic Mini will also need to be registered, because its maximum take-off weight exceeds the 250g threshold.

There are two elements to DMARES.

Anyone responsible for a drone or unmanned aircraft (including model aircraft) weighing between 250g and 20kg needs to register as an operator. The cost for this is £9 renewable annually. You must display your Operator ID on all of your drones

Anyone flying a drone or unmanned aircraft (including model aircraft) weighing between 250g and 20kg must take and pass an online education package. This is free and renewable every three years.

A Guide To The UK Drone Registration Service

Drone Training FAQs

Answers to your most frequently asked questions about drone training.

Do I need any experience with Drones before attending the coures?

No. Whether you have experience or not - our drone training school helps take you from novice to commercial pilot, regardless of any existing drone experience.

Our curriculum is well-paced to ensure that those more recently entering the industry can get up to speed, while experienced pilots will still be getting value at every stage.

If you're looking for CAA approved drone training near you - check out our locations here.

How long does it take to become a professional drone operator?

From start to finish the entire process takes around 4 - 6 weeks.

You'll attend a 3 day ground school, during which you'll learn all the necessary knowledge and produce an Operations Manual.

From there, you'll book a practical flight assessment to ensure that you've learnt the required piloting skills.

Once that's done - it's just a case of applying to the CAA with a recommendation from your NQE - which Heliguy are authorised to make! 

We normally say it's between 7 and 14 days from when your application hits the CAA to receiving your permissions.

What do I do if I fail one of the tests on this course?

The first thing is not to panic - there's a lot of information to take in and you might slip up on a difficult question or a complex flight task.

Either way - Heliguy never  charge you to resit these tests - unlike some of our competitors!

You'll have a chance to go away and brush up on your skills before re-taking the test at a time that's right for you.

Do I need any kind of insurance before I take the course?

No - Heliguy offer free insurance for your practical flight assessment through their partners at Coverdrone.

Once you're operating commercially of course, you'll need to have insurance in place to protect your operations and your equipment.

How Does The Open Category Grant Greater Freedom Than The Current Drone Code?

The new rules will grant drone pilots (not holding as PfCO) greater freedom than the current Drone Code - provided you’ve had the relevant training.

For instance, the Drone Code states that you must not fly closer than 50m to people, and  even when your drone is more than 50m away from people it is safer to avoid directly overflying them.

It also states that you can never fly closer than 50m to buildings, cars, trains or boats, and you must never fly within a built-up area.

However, these rules are relaxed if, for instance, you fly in the new A2 category - as long as you have an A2 Certificate of Competency.

Under the new rules, and during the transitional period, if you have your A2 C of C, you can fly your drone up to, but no closer than, 50 metres of people. While that is the same as the current Drone Code, there is no specification about operating close to buildings, cars, trains or boats.

Once you have a C2-rated aircraft, the A2 subcategory will allow you to get even closer to people - up to 30m horizontally, or even up to 5m in low speed mode. This is a definite relaxation of the rules and should open up more possibilities for drone pilots.

What are the Open, Specific and Certified drone categories?

Under the new EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) laws, three categories will define where drones can be flown.

These categories are:

Open: Operations that present a low (or no) risk to third parties.

Specific : Operations that present a greater risk than that of the Open category, or where one or more elements of the operation fall outside the boundaries of the Open Category. Holding an Operational Authorisation allows you to fly in this category.

Certified : Operations that present an equivalent risk to that of manned aviation. This category is for high-complexity missions.


The Open Category is broken down into three subcategories:

A1: Fly over people.
A2 : Fly close to people.
A3 : Fly far from people.

Each of these subcategories has more specified criteria of where/how your drone can be operated.


More Information On New UK Drone Regulations

 
What Are The New Drone Classes?

As part of the new regulations, a new class system for drones will be introduced. Each make of drone will have its own class rating – from C0 to C4 – which will be based on certain criteria, such as weight, maximum speed and other features based around safety and geo-awareness.

 

Specific classes of drone can be flown in specific subcategories of the Open category.

 

Currently, no drones meet the current class requirements, so no C0-C4 aircraft exists.


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What Is The Transitional Period?

Because no drones currently meet the class requirements, a Transitional Period will run from December 31 2020, to January 1, 2023, to give manufacturers the chance to bring out C0-C4 drones. 

This means that you can continue to fly your current DJI drones - to become known as legacy aircraft - in accordance with the new rules.


A2 CofC vs GVC - Which Do You Need?

How old do I have to be to sit the A2 CofC or the GVC?

You have to be at least 13 years old to conduct the A2 CofC course, and at least 14 years old to sit the GVC course. Please note that for the GVC course, you must be at least 18 years old to be a UAS operator, and 14 years and over to be a remote pilot.

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