Customer Testimonials

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The UAV Academy is absolutely brilliant!

From the moment of enrolment to the completion of my Flight Ops Assessment, I found the staff incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. My examiner Simon was also amazing on the day of my exam, professional and approachable, making the whole experience a very positive one! I would like to thank Andrew Bailey and the whole UAV Academy team for everything and I would definitely recommend the company to anyone wishing to gain their permission.

Dean Lear

Great from the start to the assessment. Training material is easy to use, follow and understand. Always ready to answer questions and offer assistance. Online sessions are a great way to discuss matters that concern individuals and also creates a good environment for discussions between each student. I took the 5-hour training and assessment option which was a huge benefit. The training was invaluable and not just for flight control but also for the important pre-site and on-site paperwork and risk assessments. Was made to feel very welcome and put me at ease despite my obvious nerves. Every step of the way being given guidance and way to improve. Made to feel very welcome. I’ve had a great time doing the course and look forward to developing my skills based on the feedback from my assessment.

Mark Brown

I have just completed the CDP-C Online PfCO course, the very first to do so I believe. I have nothing but praise for the course, Andrew and Marcel, the flight operations assessor.

The course is very thorough, challenging at times but you can go at your own pace, to some extent. The online exam, which is remotely invigilated by webcam, was interesting but relaxed.
I found the FOA the most difficult and challenging, Marcel (and Roy) certainly put me through my paces but at all times they tried to keep it as relaxed as possible. Carrying out an operation briefing for the first time was daunting but rewarding when I seemed to remember almost everything.

Andrew has been so supportive throughout the course, nothing appeared to be too much trouble for him.

I thoroughly recommend this course to those of you thinking of going for your PfCO.

Peter Everett

“The online course was perfect for me – busy, working mum who couldn’t do the 3-day course due to school runs etc.
I could do the course at my own pace and book each stage once I was happy to continue. The online classes were a good time to talk through a few things. Booking the exam and flight assessment when I was ready-made sure that it didn’t feel too rushed.
All round a really great course, thanks Andrew and Co.”

Kellie Spicknell

Kellie Spicknell Photography

I simply cannot recommend UAV Academy highly enough! A thoroughly enjoyable and informative experience from start to finish. Andrew and Rob are incredibly knowledgeable and will guide you through the key areas in a clear and concise manner to enable you to fly your drone safely.

I have just returned home from my Flight Assessment with Rob at the Wiltshire test site. I was rather nervous leading up to it but Rob was fantastic helped me through the process and was there by my side when I needed guidance.

I recommend UAV Academy 100% for anyone seeking to obtain their PfCO!

Rob Tarrent

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 recommend

Chris Emsley


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

Sky View Cameras

A fantastic experience which encouraged us to ask questions and explore ideas. I think this really helped ground the theory part of the course in practical experience.

Alan Hook

Lecturer in Interactive Media, Ulster University School of Media, Film and Journalism

I came to the UAV Academy having never flown a UAV of any kind so starting right from scratch. The course was really well structured. Flight training was with Rob Coles whom I can’t speak highly enough off. Thanks Rob you put Mark and Myself at ease right from the start. I really liked the way Rob adapted the training as we improved to give us some experience of the type of work we will be undertaking. I would recommend the UAV Academy to anyone. Thanks Guys for all your help.

Chris Lock

Western Power Distribution Helicopter Division

Great relevent content. I learnt loads that will improve not only the way we operate but will help us to do a better job.

Neil Ginger

Ginger Video

I’m able to compare your service with one of your competitors and your service was far superior. Your course handbook was great and I was not overloaded with useless PDF’s to print out myself. Your competitors notes were not as detailed as yours; yours were more to the point. Having the option to take my practical examination at multiple destinations including one just 7 miles away from me was a huge benefit. You have surpassed my expectations of what I expected. Thank you.

Jon Nash

Jon Nash Photography

Successful Flight Operations Assessment with our Flight Examiner Rob Coles

What an amazing experience I had with all those associated with The UAV Academy. Highly professional staff and well-tailored resources to pass all the exams. All the way through the process I was guided and I would highly recommend the online course for those not able to make it to a ground school. Ideal for learners who prefer learning in their own time in their own way. 5/5! Fantastic!

Hamza Mujtaba

Brilliant knowledge base and support even after the course is done. Lovely People

Seb Pecchia

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

I have just completed the online PFCO course with the UAV Academy and from start, to finish the experience has been fantastic. I would recommend the online course to anyone who cannot take time away from family and work as it gives you the opportunity to learn at your own pace. Andrew Bailey has been there for me every step of the way giving support where needed and sharing real-life experiences.

This course has been the stepping stone needed to start my own aerial photography business and I cannot the team at  UAV Academy enough.

Andrew Poole

“Having just completed the course I cannot recommend using the UAV academy enough. their online learning platform is fantastic and seamless and very easily fit around an already very busy schedule. the learning resources were comprehensive and easy to understand. the flight assessment, whilst I was nervous, was a breeze thanks to the examiner Rob being great at keeping me calm and focused.”

Shane Imbrey

Outstanding course. Knowledge, skills, friendliness from an excellent team in a great location. All requirements catered for. Thank you. Awesome!!

Will Carpenter

University of Gloucestershire

The professionalism, engagement, knowledge and personality of the instructor Andrew was second to none. I recommend UAV Academy to anyone who wants a thorough and extensive training in UAV Operations

Ed Robinson

OneRedEye Visual Communications

Thanks to all of you for helping me to get my qualification process. I have been extremely impressed by the enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication to safety that you work towards. I will have no reservations in passing on the highest recommendation for your organisation in the future.

Bevan Giles-Gash

The best course I have ever been on

Trevor Fields

TGF Photography

“Many thanks to Andrew and Steve for assisting me in getting a variation to my PfCO. I contacted a number of NQEs, but UAV Academy were the only ones that followed up my enquiry and offered to organise the additional rating as well as guidance on the modifications required to my Ops Manual. I already have a PPL and PfCO and was very impressed with the professional way they helped me. If you are looking for a quality training organisation, then these are your people.”

Tony Clark

Excellent.. a totally enjoyable course, which was very interesting and informative. The staff were more than helpful, and keen to assist at all stages…. I highly recommend UAV Academy, and to be totally honest, I can not think of anything you should change!… Probably the best training course I have attended in my 31 year career…. Thank you

Mark Dobson

Alpine Surveys

Very happy with Andrew and the team at UAV Academy, went above and beyond what I expected. I would highly recommend to anybody! Thank you

Pete Verity

Brilliant course with great training and support throughout! Highly recommended! Lunch was awesome too!

Chris Watkins

Chris Watkins Media

Really good course with lots of support and great tuition. If you are planning on train and quality with your drone for your PfCO and CAA approval, look no further.

David Cavan

A great course, very informative and extremely well presented.

Ryan Cunningham

Used UAV Academy for PfCO training and it was the least stressful training experience ever. All of the guys are incredibly helpful, and still continue to help me out! Real industry leaders with quality, personal training!”

James Hutcheon

White Giant