Drone Pilot Academy

CAA General Visual Line of Sight (GVC) Course (Incl. Night Operations)

Learn how to fly a drone with one of the UK’s leading authorised drone training schools

Everything you need to pass your course

2.5 day

theoretical course & examination

Practical workshop session to complete your operations manual on the course

Hands-on flying to reinforce theory lessons

Flight assessment by experienced experts

Instructor stays on-site with you, day and night

Accommodation, meals and WiFi included

  • 2 nights accommodation

  • Breakfast, lunch and 2 course evening meal

  • Unlimited hot and cold beverages throughout the course

  • Free WiFi

Our CAA Drone Training Courses (residential or non-residential) are held at very convenient locations within easy access from all the main transport links. The benefit with this course is that you pay only one fee and we take care of everything else – all you need to do is get to the venue where we will have taken care of all the bookings! There is no prior reading required for any of our courses as we take you from the very basics right up to being ready to sit the examination.  We also believe in Quality not Quantity and as such we limit our course sizes to a maximum of 8 students.

Included in this package

  • 2.5 day theoretical course & examination
  • Practical workshop session so you can complete your operations manual whilst on the course
  • Hands On Flying to reinforce the theory lessons
  • Flight Assessment
  • 2 Nights Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 2 Course Evening Meal
  • WiFi
  • Student Study Guide
  • Unlimited hot and cold Beverages throughout the course
  • Business Start-up advice

We also offer a unique service where your instructor stays at the venue and is on hand every evening should you require any one to one revision or consolidation on any of the topics or simply want to discuss the industry over dinner. Writing an Operations Manual once you have left the course and having the usual distractions of work and home life can be a time consuming process – ask anyone who has written one! The benefit of the DPA course is that once you have sat the theoretical exam we then have a practical workshop on writing your operations manual where we take you through, step by step, the compilation of your manual. By the time the course is complete, most of you will have completed your manuals. This is INCLUDED in the package and we don’t charge for this additional service.


When you are content that your Operations Manual is at a stage ready to submit to the CAA then our staff at the DPA will proof read it as many times as required until we are confident it will pass muster when they review it. Once we get to the stage where we think your Operations Manual meets the mark we will then book your flight assessment at a mutually convenient time at one of our flight assessment venues.


On successful completion of all aspects of the training, examination, Operations Manual and flight assessment we will issue you withe GVC certificate to present to the CAA so they can issue your Operational Authorisation. This certificate tells the CAA that you have been trained and assessed by one of the leading authorised training schools! We are also on hand to assist you with the online application and provide guidance throughout to ensure this is a seamless process for you. The only additional cost at this stage is levied by the CAA for your application and is currently £253.

Weight and Class Category


Renewal Fee

DPA-C (Multi-Rotor 0-20 Kg)£257£193
DPA-C (Fixed Wing 0-20 kg)£257£193

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to bring a drone with me to the course?

Can I buy a Drone from you?

I don't know how to gain contacts to get started in the various industries that use drones. Will the course cover this area?

What about if I need support after the course and have any further questions?

What is the Operations Manual I keep reading about?

How do I apply to the Civil Aviation Authority?

What is in the flight assessment?

Can I do the course On-line?

What if the regulations change after I have passed the course?

Do I need to renew my 'licence' every so often and what's involved?

How much practical training is involved in the course?

I suffer from Dyslexia, is there any additional support offered?