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Hone your skills with a drone training industry leader. Our experienced CAA-qualified instructors have taught 3,000+ candidates, including staff from Network Rail and UK emergency services.
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PFCO to GVC Conversion course
Make the transition with heliguy™ by your side.
Commercial Drone Pilot Training Course
Convert your PfCO to a GVC to obtain an Operational Authorisation to operate in the Specific Category.
Heliguy’s PfCO to GVC conversion course makes this transition smoother.
Benefits of training with heliguy™ include:
- Support from our full-time training team, which has taught more than 3,500 candidates and led industry-specific closed courses.
On-demand and flexible online learning through heliguy™ Learning Management System. Complete the syllabus with videos, quizzes, webinars and task sheets, and access live Q&A sessions.
Wide scope to book your theory test. Sit the exam online for a more relaxed and convenient environment.
- Super-quick Operations Manual generation and annual renewal.
Access the heliguy™ ecosystem of hardware supply and consultancy, in-house repairs, R&D, on-going training support, and our industry-wide partner network.
- heliguy™ Operations Manual framework judged to meet the highest drone industry standards, endorsed by IQ Verify against the requirements of BS ISO 21384-3: 2019.
Why Do I Need To Convert?
Drone pilots require an Operational Authorisation to operate in the Specific Category (for the majority of enterprise flights).
Up until the end of 2023, operators with a valid PfCO could use this to obtain an Operational Authorisation.
However, from January 1, 2024, PfCOs are no longer valid - even for operators with an existing Operational Authorisation. Instead, pilots must have a GVC to operate in the Specific Category and to obtain an Operational Authorisation.
So, all Remote Pilots who want to operate in the Specific category, be nominated as a Remote Pilot in an Operations Manual, or apply for an Operational Authorisation, must now hold a valid GVC from an RAE, such as Heliguy.
To sit the heliguy™ conversion course, operators must provide a copy of their existing PfCO certificate and a copy of their logbook which demonstrates a currency of two hours of flights in the last three months.
What Will I Learn?
Our conversion course will match the pathway of our standard GVC training, following a three-step process:
1: Complete GVC course online, concluding with a multiple-choice theory exam.
2: Refresh your Operations Manual through Heliguy's streamlined creation process.
3: Practical flight assessment at UK venues, including Newcastle.
Upon completion of the GVC, apply to the CAA for an Operational Authorisation.
What Do I Need?
To sit the conversion course, candidates must hold the following documents:
1: An NQE Approved Certificate of Competence in Remote Pilot Theoretical Knowledge/ General Airmanship Syllabus;
2: An NQE Approved Certificate of Practical Flight Assessment for the weight class and type of aircraft.
3: Remote pilots must submit a copy of their log book which demonstrates a currency of two hours of flight over the last three months.
How Much Does It Cost?
The PfCO to GVC conversion course is priced £399. It is open to former heliguy™ candidates who obtained a PfCO with us and PfCO holders who trained with another provider.
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