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Commercial Drone Operations

£495.00 excl. VAT

An introduction to the knowledge and skills required to become a commercial drone pilot. This course is tailored for candidates who are thinking of embarking on a career as a commercial drone pilot, but do not want to commit to a full NQE course or purchase expensive equipment.

This course does not lead to a recommendation to the CAA for a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) as it is just an introduction.  If you are after the full PfCO training and qualification course, we have partnered with one of the UK’s leading CAA NQE training schools to enable you to receive a preferential rate on their course.  Please contact us for details.

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Course Aim

  • Maximum of 4 candidates per course.
  • A day predominantly focused on theory training with the afternoon dedicated to practical multi-rotor drone operations. Includes a demonstration of risk assessment, planning for safe operations and (weather permitting) flying techniques
  • Variety of locations (High Wycombe, St Andrews, Newbury, Andover, Portsmouth)
  • All equipment will be provided
  • For those looking for guidance on what equipment to purchase, the trainers will also provide individually tailored advice

Course Content

  • Aircraft Knowledge – What is an unmanned aircraft & how does it work?
  • Air Law & Pilot Responsibilities – What am I allowed/not allowed to do?
  • Airspace Operating Principles – Where am I allowed to fly?
  • Navigation & Charts – How can I understand the airspace above me?
  • Meteorology – How does the weather affect my planned flight?
  • Airmanship, Aviation Safety & Human Factors – How does the human fit into unmanned aviation and how can I manage the risks?
  • Operating Procedures – Links all the topics together into a set of procedures for operating safely; includes an example of a risk assessment process

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the candidate will:

  • Understand what is required to conduct safe flights as a commercial drone pilot
  • Understand Air Law as currently applicable and be in no doubt as to where flights are permitted and where they are not permitted
  • Understand how the human fits into unmanned flying and understand the challenges this can present
  • Understand how to manage risk when planning drone flights
  • Understand that it is the commander’s responsibility to ensure each flight is conducted safely, but that well-designed Operating Procedures can make this process logical and straightforward
  • Leave feeling enthused about unmanned aircraft

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