Welcome to The UAV Academy
The UAV Academy is a CAA full National Qualified Entity (NQE) approved by the CAA to train and assess pilots of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) up to 20kg. We are here to help put you on your path to safe and rewarding commercial drone operations. The syllabus for this training is set by the CAA. Successful completion of our course culminates in our recommendation to the CAA for you to be issued with a Permission For Commercial Operations (PfCO).
UAV Academy Instructors and Examiners are all highly experienced commercial UAV operators and skilled remote pilots. Our background as professional operators has enabled us to develop and deliver training tailored to new commercial UAV pilots. We will not overload you with material which, whilst interesting, is only relevant to manned aviation. You will learn from our experiences (good and bad) and graduate from the CDP-C™ course with the skills, knowledge and processes you need to confidently and safely operate a UAV commercially.
National Qualified Entity
What We Offer
We offer a choice of two courses, both leading to the issue of a UK CAA Permission for Commercial Operations
CDP-C™ Online This unique course allows you to complete Stage 1 of the PfCO course without needing to leave home. You will have access to our Online Learning System
CDP-C™ Ground School This option is ideal if you prefer more traditional, face-to-face training. This option combines our online learning with a two-day classroom-based ‘Ground School’. You and your fellow students will be trained by one of our experienced Instructors. You will have plenty of interaction time and to immerse yourself in everything ‘drone’. The Theory Examination is taken at the end of the two day Ground School.
We deliver many private training courses to corporate customers needing to train over six staff. This is very cost effective and ensures confidentiality and training relevant to the aircraft and the type of operations. Contact us for more details.
PfCO Course Structure
Stage 1 - Theory
Stage 2 - Practical
Flight Operations Assessment: Everything you have learnt on Ground School and the procedures you set out in your Operations Manual come to together for the last part of the course which is a Flight Operations Assessment (FOA). This takes place at a location convenient to you and on a date you agree with your examiner. The FOA will take the form of an imaginary client request for Aerial Work. We will send you a client brief, with details about the location and what you are being asked to do. You will need to demonstrate to the Examiner that you are capable of operating using the procedures set out in your Operations Manual and that you, as Pilot-in-Command, have the flying skills necessary to conduct the flight competently and safely whilst operating within the rules and regulations laid down by the CAA.
Relative Time Required
- Theory training
- Operations Manual
- Flight Operations Assessment
Next Ground School
Hartham Park, Wiltshire
12th & 12th February
What our customers say
With UAV Academy my experience from the very first contact has been outstanding. Andrew took time to talk through the PfCO course with me in great detail, answered any of my questions and confirmed it was the right course for me. The quality of the printed training materials supplied, combined with simple to use online learning allowed me to prepare well in advance of the classroom learning.
My trainer was fantastic. Not only did he ensure the syllabus was delivered comprehensively, he was able to apply the learning to real world examples which really will improve my safety and also how I can maximise the commercial value of my PfCO and drone equipment. Exceptional learning delivered with care and personal service. 5 stars UAV Academy, thank you. Rob Oldland
See more of what our customers have to say about us on our Testimonial Page
The UAV Academy ground school experience from start to finish has been excellent. Andrew is a fantastic teacher and a fountain of knowledge. You can clearly feel his enthusiasm for everything aviation related! Marnie was also really helpful when I bombarded her with questions on the phone and throughout the booking process too, thank you! The online learning is very accessible and if you’re unsure or struggling to take some things in via the online portal, you recap everything on the two days at ground school so can ask questions and ensure you understand everything. I was a total novice without any understanding other than the basic drone safe guidance and scored 98% on the theory exam on the final day so I cannot recommend this course enough! Now it’s time to complete the ops manual and get my flying up to scratch for the flying assessment…Sam Parrott
Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that gaining your Commercial Drone Qualification and a CAA Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) is a serious undertaking. You will be investing a significant amount of both money and time, so we feel it is very important that you fully understand the process, the options and what will be required of you.
On the right you will see a few of the most common questions we are asked. If you have any other questions please contact us by phone on 01285 610038, by email to email@example.com, or via our Facebook Page. We love to talk with our customers, so please get in touch.
Why do I need a commercial drone pilots licence?
How long does it take?
This depends entirely upon the level of experience you already have. If you have never flown a drone before you will need to develop the necessary skills to be able to fly safely before you will be granted a PfCO. We have had a few people complete the course within a week, but most take around 4 to 6 weeks. You must complete the Flight Operations Assessment within 6 months of passing the Theory Examination.