The course can lead you into employment across a number of industries such as Photography, Media/Journalism, Surveying and Infrastructure Inspection as well as meeting specific requirements in areas including Wildlife Conservation, Environmental Monitoring, Emergency Medical Supply Delivery and Search and Rescue.
The course provides the underpinning knowledge, processes and procedures to operate under a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO), the modules covered are:
Air Law, Airmanship and Aviation Safety, Human Factors, Meteorology, Principles of Flight, Systems Components, Airspace, Map and Chart Reading and Operating Procedures.
There are 3 elements to the delivery of the course:
- On-line learning (approximately 20 hours of pre-course learning)
- 2-day classroom-based Ground School (includes theory assessment)
- Optional: 1-day flight practice at an additional costs £250 per person minimum of 2 people required to run training
- 1-day practical flight assessment (can booked at a later date when ready)
An Operations Manual review is also included.
Successful completion of the course provides a Certificate of Pilot Competency and Recommendation Certificate to the CAA. These are the requirements to gain a PfCO for drone use.
Assessment is conducted via a written theory assessment paper and a practical flight assessment.
You need to apply through the college website or call us on 01216787000 to make an enrolment on the course.
None, there are no specific entry requirements to gain a Certificate of Pilot Competency, just enthusiasm for drones. However, you must be at least 18 years of age to apply to the CAA for a PfCO.
Access to a drone is not required to complete the theoretical elements of the course but is essential for the practical flight element.
The college will provide drones for you to use during flight practice and flight assessment.
Whenever you take a drone flight whether during practice or flight assessment you'll be required to take out short-term insurance cover through Flock Cover app, please note that this will be an additional cost.
*Free to those who meet WMCA eligibilty criteria. £995 otherwise.
Drones are being used extensively across a number of industries such as Photography, Media/Journalism, Surveying and Infrastructure Inspection as well as meeting specific requirements in areas including Wildlife Conservation, Environmental Monitoring, Emergency Medical Supply Delivery and Search and Rescue.