Drone Ground School

Get the best support to get your PfCO

Drone Ground School

Are you looking for a ground school to really help you get started?  The DronePartners course takes you beyond a basic ground school course.  With 3 days of classroom training covering the key education goals required by the UK CAA, practical flight planning and safe setup demonstration we really give you the confidence you need.  With a team that has delivered over 200 ground schools in the UK we give you the best start possible.

Our 3 flight assessment levels enable us to assess you in the context of your operations as required by the UK CAA – see IN 2017/018.

Upon completion of this course and passing the two stage assessment you will be able to apply for a Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) with the UK CAA.

The Process

There are 6 elements to this process starting with pre-study and ending with your application for your PfCO to the UK CAA.  The optional element is flight coaching, which we would recommend if you are new to flying drones.

  • Complete your course pre-study
  • Complete the 3 day ground school
  • Prepare your Operations Manual
  • Obtain Insurance
  • Complete your Flight Test
  • Submit your application to the CAA

The pre-study materials help you arrive at the course prepared to get the most out of the course.  In addition we provide you with an operations manual template to help you complete your own operations manual.  The course price includes the ground school, exam, flight reference card templates, operations manual template, forms templates and flight test.

Ground School Day 1 and 2

Droneflight provides a 3 day Ground school.  The first two days cover the syllabus requirements of the UK CAA.  The topics covered are:

  • UAS Airspace Operating Principles
  • Airmanship and Aviation Safety
  • Air Law and Responsibilities
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation Charts
  • Human Factors
  • Aircraft Knowledge
  • Operating Procedures

The ground school examination complies with the CAA’s assessment criteria and is closed book and is a multiple choice examination.  It is followed by a Flight Planning Assessment, which is outside the CAA’s syllabus, but as a practical test provides the student with first hand planning experience for real commercial operations.

Day 3

On day three we will demonstrate a safe setup and discuss queries relating to developing your operations manual.  If you meet the pre-requisites to complete your flight test you complete this on the third day (subject to availability).  This needs to be arranged in advance and you need to have completed the first draft of your operations manual.  For further information about pre-requisites for the flight test visit the Flight Test Page.

If you don’t meet the pre-requisites or you just want more time to practice you can schedule your flight test for a later date.  However, you need to complete your flight test within 3 months of passing your ground school exam.

You’ll be provided with the result of your ground school examination and feedback on your Flight Planning Assessment at the start of Day 3.  If you haven’t met the CAA’s required pass mark of 75% on the ground school examination there will be an opportunity to resit the ground school examination later on Day 3.

Operations Manual

You need to write your operations manual, this document sets out your policies and how you will conduct safe operations with your drone.  This can seem like a daunting document, but when you book onto the ground school we provide you with comprehensive templates and advice during the course to help you complete this.

In addition we complete a review of your operations manual before you submit your application to the CAA.

Obtain Insurance

You can not take your flight test or submit your application to the CAA without having insurance in place covering flying your drone.  Standard public liability polices almost always do not cover drone flying activities.  You usually need to obtain this type of insurance from specialists.  Also, some insurers will not cover you if you do not have a PfCO – creating a real problem for new pilots.  We can point you towards a number of insurers who offer policies for new pilots, specifically for this “pre-PfCO” situation.

We would recommend Moonrock they offer very comprehensive policies and a flight test policy too.

Submission to the CAA

When you have completed all elements of the ground school, flight test, obtained insurance and we have reviewed your operations manual you will be able to complete your submission to the CAA.  This submission is made using an SRG 1320 – see the CAA’s website.

Insurance and the fee payable to the CAA for your PfCO are additional costs.  The turn around time on these applications is usually within 28 days.

Training Date

  • 16-18 January 2018, Witney, Oxfordshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1194.00 inc VAT
  • 23-25 January 2018, Richmond, North Yorkshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 6-8 February 2018, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 20-22 February 2018, Witney, Oxfordshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 6-8 March 2018, Richmond, North Yorkshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194 inc VAT
  • 20-22 March, 2018, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire,  Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 10-12 April, 2018, Witney, Oxfordshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 24-26 April, 2018, Richmond, North Yorkshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 15-17 May, 2018, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire,  Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 5-7 June, 2018, Witney, Oxfordshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 26-28 June, 2018, Richmond, North Yorkshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 10-12 July, 2018, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire,  Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 24-26 July, Witney, Oxfordshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 14-16  August, Richmond, North Yorkshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT

To book your place, please email info@dronepartners.co.uk or call 01833 605014