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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
I’ve just completed the two-day CPP-C Ground School at Cotswold Airport with the two great trainers Andrew Bailey and Philip Tarry as part of the process to acquiring our PfCO and want to express my thanks to the whole UAV Academy team.
From the online LMS (Learning Management System), the Course Handbook provided prior to the two-day course, the excellent venue food and refreshments through to the all-important training & coaching itself everything was done in an extremely professional, and yet friendly manner.
The cost of the course itself is good value, and the additional materials provided, including the example Operational Procedural manual (for you to customise and personalise to your own specific business set-up) along with the soon to be taken Flight Operations Assessment mean the structured process represents exceptional value.
If you’re looking for a good, professional academy to help you achieve your Permission for Commercial Operations from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) look no further!Rob Thomas
What an amazing group of people. Having had experience flying model RC aircraft before, I still wanted to learn more about drones and how to work safely with them.
The people at UAV academy gave me so much support and advice, and that was before I even got on the course.
Throughout the ground school and the flying lessons, the staff have been extremely supportive and patient, all whilst ensuring that any queries, concerns or questions are explained fully and in depth in a simplified way.
I cannot recommend this company enough and would give more than 5 stars if I could. Granted I cannot compare to any other companies, but tbh, I count myself lucky that I was fortunate enough to find Andrew and the rest of the staff at The UAV Academy first time. Amazing teachers. Thanks 🙂
Many thanks to the team at The UAV Academy for a great course. Fantastic staff, world-class knowledge and a very friendly atmosphere. Would highly recommendChris Emsley
Faultless – from the moment one walks through the door at UAV Academy in the tower at the Cotswold Aerodrome the professionalism is obvious. Our ground school instructor was extremely knowledgable, had a ton of experience and was passionate about the subject, delivering all the salient information succinctly, patiently and with good humour.
My flight instructor and assessor was equally knowledgable, experienced and professional, managing to coax me from complete novice to passing the CDP-C over two days, in the setting of in the glorious Oxfordshire countryside.
I would highly recommend the course to anyone who has more than a fleeting interest in flying UAVs – I came away feeling completely confident to competently fly my company’s UAVs in a safe manner, following all CAA regulations and guidelines.
The UAV AcademyJason Barnes
Andrew Bailey has a very calm, clear and concise delivery of ground school course material, he is capable of delivering the required information in a way that is suitable for novices, while also being able to ramp up the complexity as far as anyone would feasibly want to take it. Andrew really does know his stuff and has huge experience in all things Multi Rotor and R/C, including the complex legal and regulation aspects of the UAV industry, as well as a good understanding of the possibilities and pitfalls of the commercial and business side of things.
Andrew adds to his technical ability by having a friendly and approachable personality, I found this to be very reassuring during ground school, and in the time between completing ground school and taking my flight assessment I was able to contact him on several occasions both by phone and email, each time I found someone happy to chat and assist with my queries.
I was lucky enough to have Andrew as the examiner for my flight exam, in addition to having a friendly and familiar face to calm my nerves, the process was a good experience from start to finish, all the requirements were clearly stated and the exam was carried out in an unhurried and relaxed manner.
Andrew has made my entry into the professional UAV industry an enjoyable experience and I feel lucky to have made a friend and associate who I hope to remain in touch with for many years to come.David Herron
Fantastic course delivered in an engaging and practical manner based on leading industry experience, so glad I didn’t opt for an online course with another provider.Rob Dennis
Today I successfully completed the flight test final stage of my UAV Commercial Operations course with The UAV Academy.
I would like to say thank you to all of the team at The UAV Academy, for their absolute professionalism and assistance throughout the overall course. Great advice and service throughout the whole process, which has been extremely helpful.
For anyone who is interested in becoming a UAV Commercial Operations Pilot, I would strongly advise contacting The UAV Academy.