Advanced PfCO

3 Day Advanced Training Course

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  • 3 days
  • No prior experience required
  • Max 3 people per course

Advanced PfCO Course

CAA Drone Training _ PFCO _ Uplift Drones

Here at Uplift, we recommend students new to drone flying should take the Advanced PfCO course. This is because it includes 2 days of theory training and 1 day of practical flight test preparation, to ensure you become a competent and confident drone pilot.

This course leads to our recommendation to the CAA for granting the applicant a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) and leads to full CAA qualification, that allows you to undertake commercial work with drones.


To ensure you are well prepared for the course, you will have access to our online pre-course material (e-learning). Please ensure you work through the e-learning material prior to attending Ground School, as this will greatly improve your understanding of the modules and theory test score.

Ground School & Theory Test

Our 2-day Ground School is all theory-based in the classroom. Within those 2 days we cover modules from Air Law to Meteorology to Risk Assessments. You will take your theory examination at the end of Day 2.

All course days run promptly from 08:30 to approx. 17:00, please allow ample travel time to and from your course location.

Flight Test Preparation (Practical Training)

Your third day of the Advanced PfCO course is a hands-on practical flight training day, focusing on how to plan and fly a commercial job in readiness for your flight test. This is a rare opportunity to practice more difficult flying (such as ATTI flying) in a safe environment, and to enhance your flight skills with an instructor on hand.

It’s an invaluable day for those looking to maximise their chances of passing their flight test, and for those who want to ‘hit the ground running’ when they are ready to start their commercial operations.

We provide all students with a market-leading drone and drone insurance for the flight test preparation day.

Flight Test

This course also includes the cost of your practical flight test, which is conducted on a separate day when you feel ready to pass with confidence. Although the cost is included, you will need to book your practical flight test separately and in advance with the Uplift office team. If the examination is failed the student will incur a retest fee.

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 require 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.
  • Risk Assessment & Site Assessment paperwork.
  • Book your Flight Test with the Uplift office team.
  • 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.
  • Spaces can be limited so please book & confirm your time slot with the Uplift office team as soon as you feel confident to pass your flight test.
  • You must book and pass your Flight Test within 6 months of passing your Theory Test.
  • The test takes approximately 1.5 hours, however this may vary.
  • If the flight test is failed the student will incur a retest fee.

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!

Operations Manual

Finally, you will need to complete your Operations Manual Vol 1 & 2. This is something you complete in your own time with our template via E-Learning. Once this final section is complete, we can then submit your PfCO application to the CAA.

All our 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.

Have more questions?

Please submit your query and our training team will contact you shortly.

Day 1: Ground School

Day 1 of the Uplift Drones theory course will cover the following subjects that meet and exceed the CAA recommended syllabus.

  • Air Law
  • Maps and Charts
  • Airspace
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft

Day 2: Ground School

Day 2 introduces exciting new subjects that will expand your knowledge of drone operations and prove invaluable in your career.

  • Airmanship
  • Human Factors
  • Operating Procedures
  • Revision
  • Test

Day 3: Flight Training

Day 3’s flight training is conducted with our qualified flying instructors, to apply the key principles of flying and the skills needed to be confident and safe during operation of the unmanned aircraft. The flight training consists of:

  • Basic site setup.
  • Completion of risk assessment paperwork on site.
  • Correct use of all checklists and flight procedures.
  • Basic operation of GPS, ATTI mode, including the benefits of intelligent flight modes.
  • Strictly limited to 3 students per instructor, per day.

Practical Flight Test

Your practical Flight Test is conducted at a later date, when you feel ready to pass the practical examination with confidence.

The cost of your Flight Test is included within this course, however your test must be booked separately, in advance with our office team.

You must book and pass your Flight Test within 9 months of passing your Theory Test.

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