CDP-C™ Ground School
full PfCO course
Two days in the classroom for those who prefer a more traditional face-to-face approach to training
If you feel that you would enjoy interacting with an Instructor and fellow students, in-depth discussions and sharing of experiences, then the CDP-C™ Ground School course is the right choice for you.
Stage 1 (Theory) of this course is comprised of online learning, a printed course handbook and two days of Instructor-led classroom-based theory training (Ground School) culminating in you taking a Theory Examination. Stage 2 (Practical) requires you to create an Operations Manual (using our Standard) and a half-day practical Flight Operations Assessment.
Successful completion of our CDP-C™ Ground School course leads to us making a Recommendation to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for you to be granted a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO).
Ground School & Theory Exam
Operations Manual Creation, Review and Approval
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 will take the form of an imaginary client request for Aerial imagery. We will send you a client brief, with details about the location and what you are being asked to do. You will agree a date for your FOA with your Examiner and then 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 Remote Pilot have the flying skills necessary to conduct the flight competently and safely whilst operating within the rules and regulations laid down by the CAA.
At some point during your FOA, you are likely to have to deal with a couple of simulated emergencies which will be given to you by the examiner. You will also need to demonstrate to your Examiner that you are capable of flying your aircraft without GPS position hold (ATTI Mode).
You must take your FOA within six months of passing the Theory Examination. If you are not able to do this we will ask you to complete the Online Learning again and you will be charged an additional fee of £200 + VAT.
Once you have successfully completed your Flight Operations Assessment we will submit your Operations Manual and our recommendation to the CAA who will, in due course, issue you with your Permission for Commercial Operations.
- Air Law and Responsibilities
- Maps and Navigation
- Airspace – Operating Principles
- Aircraft Knowledge
- Battery Management
- Human Factors
- Airmanship and Aviation Safety
- Planning and Operating Procedures
Once you have successfully completed all elements of the course you will hold a non-expiring CDP-C™ qualification and we will issue you with a Certificate of Recommendation which will allow you to apply to the CAA for a Permission for Commercial Operations. As soon as this has been received and you have public liability insurance in place you will be able to start flying your drone commercially.
Ground School Schedule
10-11 December, 2018
£1,140 (incl VAT)
15-16 Januuary, 2019
£1,140 (incl VAT)
Please Note: There is an application fee, currently £247, payable to the CAA when you submit your PfCO application.