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
2 Nights Accommodation
2 Course Evening Meal
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 have 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 then award you with the coveted Drone Pilot Academy – Certification (DPA-C). This tells the CAA that you have been trained and assessed by one of the leading authorised training schools! We then take care of your application to the CAA for your Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) and compile everything they require in order to issue you with your permission to operate commercially. Please note you will need to include proof of insurance with your application. The only additional cost at this stage is levied by the CAA for your application and is currently £253.
No, not at all, in fact if you do not own a drone you can come and try out our fleet of drones first. We have quite a range of both multi-rotor and fixed wing drones. Also, you can discuss what your business needs are and our expert instructors can give you the best advice on which drone to invest in. If you have a drone then you are more than welcome to bring this along with you.
The main part of the course is geared around learning the mandated CAA syllabus but you will be taught by an instructor who has been in the business and can offer their advice on where to start. Your instructor is also on hand in the evenings as they always stay over at the venue in case you have any further questions. If you stay over the instructor and other students normally dine together which is a nice way to unwind in the evening.
Not a problem. We have a dedicated freephone number that you can call if you have any technical questions. We would rather you called us for guidance if you have any doubt whatsoever so that you complete any tasks safely and legally. We are here every step of the way to ensure you get the most from your drone business.
This is your official document that stipulates how you are going to conduct your business, to what regulations and what safety parameters you will adhere to, the records you will keep as well as much more. The CAA will expect this to be submitted with your application and be fit for purpose. Our workshop that we offer at no extra cost, will equip you to compile your manual.
This is now an online process but don't worry as we will help you through this with a full guidance document to follow and our helpline of course. You will be expected to submit 3 documents when you apply to the CAA, Your Operations Manual, Proof of Insurance and a certificate issued by us to say you have completed the exam and flight assessment to a satisfactory standard. We provide a free proofing service for all these documents prior to submission to ensure they will meet the CAA's approval.
We will aim to demonstrate this on the course (subject to weather) and also teach you how to fly safely and competently. The flight assessment is not solely about your flying skills but also assesses your situational awareness of the environment you are operating in and all the associated paperwork. All this is taught on the course and a practical demonstration given on what needs to be completed prior to getting to site, on-site and the risk assessment which is fundamental to safe operating.
We have tried this with one of our other businesses and don't believe that an online course will give you the opportunity to expand your learning experience and leave with the knowledge we would wish you to have. Having the ability to interact with the instructor and your fellow students and ask questions particular to your business model is fundamental to your learning experience. The lessons are designed to stimulate discussion within an open and relaxed forum so you can feel confident about engaging with your instructor. There is no such thing as a daft question!
We will show you where to find all the latest updates but will also keep you on our database and email the updates too. Our 'free to attend' annual Industry day is full of informative briefs too as well as the latest drone tech for you to try. This is usually held on the last Thursday in March.
Yes there is a requirement to renew your PfCO every 12 months. You will not need to sit and exams or flight assessments but will need to resubmit your Operations Manual, proof of Insurance and a flight log showing at least 2 hours of flying in the last 3 months.
The fundamental aim of the course is to get you through the theory subjects but where we can we will go outside and reinforce the lessons with some practical sessions. We will also show you some tips for safe flying and what is in the flight assessment.
Great course on the Ebee today Jim, much aprreciated Lee and Paul, Aerial Optics
I did my PfCO at the Drone Pilot Academy great course help me get very useful knowledge and skills.
Worked with Drone Pilot Academy to gain approval to fly MultiRotor Drones and found the course and feedback to be very valuable. Highly recommended.
Excellent flight coaching and invaluable feedback on our Operations Manual has enabled us to submit our CAA application sooner than expected. Highly professional outfit but with a very friendly and pragmatic approach. Recommended.
Jim is incredibly professional and knowledgable, with a wealth of experience. I’d highly recommend the academy
Fantastic course! One of the most professionally run courses I've been on in a long time. Great socially in the evenings which gives that personal touch. If you want your PfCO train with these guys!
Completed the PfCO Residential course last week, really good course great location and the instructor clearly knows the industry and what we is needed to get the CAA Permit, will be booking more courses in the next couple of weeks
John C. Murray
Just completed a 3 days course for my PfCO with DPA. Must say I was very impressed with how the course was ran, excellently presented, informative, detailed and covers everything you need to know. Jim is a fantastic guy, makes you feel very relaxed. Would highly recommend.
Excellent course would highly recommend to anyone, Jim is very professional in the delivery of training and low numbers on the course gives you more one on one training. The venue is brilliant relaxed and plenty of food and refreshments. After ringing around many academies Jim come across the most knowledgeable and helpful. Fantastic would do it all over again.