Pilot’s PfCO

CAA Drone Training eCourse for Licenced Pilots

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  • Complete at your own pace
  • Prior experience required by CAA

Pilot’s PfCO eCourse

If you have a manned pilots licence or other qualification acceptable to the CAA (proof required) the ‘Pilot’s PfCO’ abbreviated course is available. If you do have relevant experience as detailed by the UK CAA, you are exempt from the ground school component of our PfCO training courses. However, we have created the Pilot’s PfCO eCourse that covers the entire CAA recommended syllabus, so you can ensure you’re up-to-date with all of the relevant theory nevertheless. Pilot’s PfCO students are required to perform a theory exam, complete a practical flight test and submit an operations manual.

Qualifications accepted by the CAA include but are not limited to*:

  • Current EASA Fixed-Wing, Helicopter or Microlight Licence.
  • Current UK National Fixed-Wing, Helicopter or Microlight Licence.
  • UK Military Pilot / Remote Pilot or RPAS Operator Qualification (applicable where basic flight training has been carried out in non-segregated UK airspace). RAF VGS Instructor qualifications commencing at G1 Instructor level are also acceptable.
  • British Gliding Association (BGA) – Bronze ‘C’ and above (or EASA equivalent).
  • BMFA ‘A’ or ‘B’ Certificates.

Non-UK SUA/RPAS qualification/licence and/or other lapsed pilot licences or certificates are subject to a case-by-case UK CAA assessment.

*Please note the above examples can be used as a guide only; the full range of available concessions is set out in more detail in CAP722.


Part 1: Interactive eLearning Modules

The Uplift Drones Pilot’s PfCO eCourse has been created by our expert training team of commercial drone operators and manned pilots, to cover the following subjects that meet and exceed the CAA recommended syllabus:

  • Air Law
  • Ground Maps & Air Navigation Charts
  • Airspace Operating Principles
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft Knowledge
  • Airmanship & Aviation Safety
  • Human Factors
  • Operating Procedures

Plus –

  • Theory Exam Preparation

The eCourse material is made of comprehensive written information and packed with interactive content, videos and activities to test your new knowledge along the way. Whether you’re a visual or verbal learner, our Pilot’s PfCO makes learning easy, quick and enjoyable.

Learn at your own pace, in your own time – without taking any time off work. All you need to do is login and pick up where you left off. With a progress tracker to mark your success and guide you through each module, all in the comfort of your own home or office.


Part 2: Theory Exam

When you feel ready to pass your theory examination, you can contact us on 0330 111 8800 to confirm upcoming dates at your preferred testing location. We have 10 exam and flight assessment locations across the UK.

There are mock exam questions included within the eCourse to aid your preparation. The theory exam at the end of the course is undertaken in person at one of our 10 venues across the UK; the exam is 1 hour long consisting of 52 multiple-choice questions.


Part 3: Practical Flight Test

The Pilot’s PfCO course also includes the cost of your practical flight test, which (availability permitting) can be taken on the same day as your written exam. Although the cost is included, you will need to book your practical flight test separately and in advance with the Uplift office team. There is a Flight Test Preparation eCourse included within your eLearning study materials, to guide you through the process and requirements to undertake your Practical Flight Assessment.

You will need to complete the following before your Flight Test:

  • Theory exam passed.
  • Operations Manual reviewed and passed by the training team OR Uplift Drones’ procedures learned before test.
  • We strongly recommend a minimum of 5 hours of logged flight time; this is to ensure you are able to successfully pass your flight exam and you meet the minimum standard required.
  • Insurance in place; Uplift PfCO students receive FREE insurance for their PfCO practical flight assessment. Click here for details and to redeem.
  • Risk Assessment & Site Assessment paperwork.
  • Book your Flight Test with the Uplift office team.

Additionally:

  • Appropriate weather
  • A drone! If you do not yet have an aircraft, please speak to us about hiring or purchasing a drone for the Flight Test.
  • Safety equipment; you can purchase our Flight Safety Starter Kit here.

Important:

  • Spaces can be limited so please book & confirm your time slot by calling us on 0330 111 8800 as soon as you feel confident to pass your flight test.
  • You must complete the whole process within 6 months of passing your theory test, otherwise additional training may be required.
  • The test takes approximately 1.5 hours, however this may vary.
  • If the flight test is failed the student will incur a retest fee.

Testing Locations

We offer eight testing locations across the UK so you can complete your practical flight exam close to home; Brighton, Bristol, Guildford, High Wycombe, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow.

Our friendly team are on hand to answer any questions you may have about the Flight Test, so please do not hesitate to contact us!


Part 4: Operations Manual

You are required to complete an Operations Manual. This sets out how you will operate your drone safely and contains the procedures you will use when flying your drone. This is something you can complete in your own time with our templates, which you can access via the online portal ‘Downloads’ section.

All our online students are assigned a dedicated Uplift Drones Instructor as their main point of contact throughout the Permission application process. This instructor will review your Ops Manual and answer any queries you may have along the way.

Once this final section is complete and has been signed off by the Uplift training team, you can then submit your PfCO application to the CAA.


Part 5: CAA UAS Application

When you have completed all parts of the course successfully, you can submit your paperwork to the CAA via their online application process. But first, read through our guidance to the CAA PfCO application: https://www.upliftdronetraining.com/documentation/ – you will also find the direct link to the CAA’s online application portal.

The CAA charge a fee for UAS applications (currently £247) in addition to the online course price. Payment is made online in the final stages of their online UAS application.


FAQs

What are the benefits of e-learning?

  1. Cost-effective and saves time – Save your money by removing those additional costs incurred by travel, accommodation and printed learning materials. Not only does this increase productivity by saving time, it means you can gain your Permission for Commercial Operations by the most efficient method.
  2. Learn 24/7, anywhere – With our PfCO eCourse, you have 24/7 access to progress at your own pace. Whether that be in your personal time or within business hours, all you require is a PC or tablet with an internet connection to continue learning.
  3. Track your course progress – It’s never been easier to track your progress, with our advanced Learning Management System (LMS) updating as you progress through each lesson. Simply log in to your e-learning account to pick up where you left off.
  4. Private study – Not everybody is comfortable learning in a large group or classroom environment. Study autonomously at a pace that works for you, whilst remaining focused in the comfort of your own home or office.

What about the practical elements of drone piloting?

The Pilot’s PfCO course also includes the cost of your practical flight test, which (availability permitting) can be taken on the same day as your written exam. Although the cost is included, you will need to book your practical flight test separately and in advance with the Uplift office team. Students will require the specified drone insurance for their Practical Flight Test. This information is provided in Lesson 1 (Air Law) of the Pilot’s PfCO.

How long will it take to complete the PfCO eCourse?

That can be a difficult one to answer, as it depends entirely on the individual. On average, it takes our students around 15-20 hours to complete the e-learning phase. The best thing about the Pilot’s PfCO is you can learn at your own pace, in your own time – without taking any time off work. All you need to do is login and pick up where you left off. With a progress tracker to mark your success and guide you through each module, all in the comfort of your own home or office.

What are the technical requirements to complete the PfCO eCourse?

To access the Uplift e-learning Portal you will require an internet connection. The eCourse can be completed on multiple platforms including tablet, Apple Mac and PC. If you are a desktop user, we recommend that you use the most up-to-date version of your preferred browser.

Will I still receive the same levels of support as the in-person PfCO course?

All students are assigned a dedicated Uplift Instructor as their main point of contact throughout the duration of their PfCO course. This instructor will review your Operations Manual and answer any queries you may have along the way. You can also contact our office with any questions or queries about the eCourse between 09:00 to 17:30, Monday to Friday. Following completion of your PfCO eCourse, we offer all of our students lifetime technical support and advice – we’re simply a phone call or email away!


Have more questions?

Please call 0330 111 8800 or submit your query and our training team will contact you shortly:







Support

All students are assigned a dedicated Uplift Instructor as their main point of contact throughout the Permission application process. This instructor will review your Operations Manual and answer any queries you may have along the way.

Technical

To access the Uplift e-learning Portal you will require an internet connection. The eCourse can be completed on multiple platforms including tablet, Apple Mac and PC. If you are a desktop user, we recommend that you use the most up-to-date version of your preferred browser.

Flight Training

If you feel that you would benefit from practical Flight Training at one of our outdoor training locations, this can be booked separately for an additional cost of £350 plus VAT. Please contact us on 0330 111 8800 for more information or book online.

Insurance

Pilot’s PfCO students will require the specified drone insurance for their Practical Flight Test.

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