The UAV Academy


Drone with Aston Martin DB9The UAV Academy is a Recognised Assessment Entity (RAE) approved by the CAA to train and assess pilots of drones up to 25kg. We are here to help put you on your path to safe and rewarding drone operations.

UAV Academy Instructors are all highly experienced commercial drone operators and skilled remote pilots. Several of our instructors also have military or civilian manned aviation experience. Our background as professional drone operators has enabled us to develop and deliver training tailored to new drone 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 course with the skills, knowledge and processes you need to confidently and safely operate a drone.

Exceptional service and support. Allowing me to complete PfCo and followed up with the new regulations in 2021. I have also just completed my A2CofC. The Courses are easy to follow and complete at your own pace. With friendly and helpful advice to get you more than prepared for exams and practical. Couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

Kev Jones

Ericsson Telecom

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Andrew Bailey

Founder and Head of Training

Andrew has been flying RC models and manned aircraft for many years and holds both aeroplane and helicopter private pilots licences.

He started building and flying multirotors back in 2006 and this interest ultimately led to him gaining a CAA Permission in early 2013. Andrew went on to operate an aerial filming and survey business. He became involved in training new commercial drone pilots and was a ground school instructor and flight examiner for EuroUSC, the first National Qualified Entity appointed by the CAA.

He has personally trained well over 1,000 drone pilots to help them gain their commercial pilot qualification.

Steve Elias

Chief Flight Examiner

Steve been operating remotely piloted vehicles for over 40 years. He holds a BNUC-S as well as BMFA A and B certificates for both fixed wing and helicopter and the ‘J’ certificate for Gas turbine powered jets.

Steve has been the drone Pilot-in-Charge for numerous film and TV ventures including major feature films such as Empire of the Sun and Golden Eye the James Bond movie.

Steve is very active in the UK ‘Jet Scene’ and has always promoted all aspects of safety and competency above all else. He is also a world class RC competitor having secured a World Championship as well as USA and UK Top Gun titles in the Jet class.