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
Our CDP-C™ course consists of the highest quality online learning, two days of classroom training (Ground School), full support for the creation of your Operations Manual, and a practical Flight Operations Assessment including one hour of free flight instruction prior to your Assessment. We run Ground Schools at several locations in England and Northern Ireland and have seven flight training and assessment centres. The purpose-built UAV Academy Training Centre, located in the control tower at Cotswold Airport, sets a very high standard and is a fantastic place to learn.
When you undertake your Flight Operations Assessment we provide up to an hour of flight instruction prior to you doing your Assessment. If you need more than this, we offer flight training ranging from basic flying skills right through to advanced skills training for professional pilots wanting to be able to deliver exceptional results to their customers. We
If you hold a UK pilots license you are able to take advantage of our abbreviated course to gain your CDP-C™ and PfCO. You are exmpt from havingto attend the Ground School and take the theory examination. You will be expected to complete the Online Learning course and read the Course Handbook however, as there will be some elements of the theory course which you are unlikely to be familiar with as a manned pilot.
The PfCO Process
When you enrol on the CDP-C™ course we send you a high quality printed Course Handbook and give you access our Online Learning System. You will be expected to complete all the online courses and read the Course Handbook before you attend the Ground School. The more you can study before you arrive for your Ground School the easier and more enjoyable you will find your time with us in the classroom.
You will spend two days in a classroom with one of our highly experienced instructors. The syllabus for the Ground School is set by the CAA and they require you to have a good knowledge of all the subjects as this is considered essential to ensuring safe UAV operations complying with CAA regulations. We aim to provide the knowledge you need in both an enthusiastic and engaging way. At the end of the Ground School, you will sit a Multiple Choice Examination.
The Operations Manual is a very important document, so it is
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. On successful completion of your FOA we help you to complete your application to the CAA for a PfCO and we submit all documents to the CAA on your behalf together with our Recommendation.
Relative Time Required
- Pre-Course Study
- Ground School
- Operations Manual
- Flight Operations Assessment
Next Ground Schools
Cotswold Airport and Belfast
14th & 15th August
What our customers say
There are many companies in the UK offering training for the PfCO qualification to allow the use of drones for commercial use, so how do you decide which of these companies to trust your development to?
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.
See more of what our customers have to say about us on our Testimonial Page
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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?
Can you train me to fly?
Does my CDP-C™ qualification need to be renewed?
The CDP-C™ qualification awarded to you on successful completion of the course does not expire, so it is life-long. The UK CAA does have a pilot currency minimum and requires you to provide logbook evidence of 2 hours drone flying time in the last three months for each pilot when you submit your application to renew your Permission for Commercial Operations.