UDT Combined PfCO

3-Day Combined Training Course

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  • 3.5 days
  • No prior experience required
  • Max 10 people per course

Combined PfCO Course

Here at Uplift, we recommend students new to drone flying should take the UDT Combined PfCO course. This is because it includes 2 days of theory training and 1 day of practical flight training, 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). This leads to full CAA qualification, that allows you to undertake commercial work with drones.

Ground School

Our 2-day ground course is all theory based in the classroom. Within those 2 days we cover modules from Air Law to Meteorology to Risk Assessments. To ensure you are well prepared for the course, you will also have access to our E-Learning handbook.

Flight Training

Your third day of the Combined PfCO course is a hands-on practical flight training day, focusing on how to plan and fly a commercial job. 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 training 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. If the flight test is failed the student will incur a retest fee.

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.

Day 1: Ground School

Day 1 of the UDT 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 set up.
  • Completion of risk assessment paperwork on site
  • Correct use of all checklists and flight procedures.
  • Drone Provided , fully insured – learn on our equipment not yours.
  • Basic operation of GPS, ATTI mode, including the benefits of intelligent flight modes and intelligent flight modes.
  • Strictly limited to 3 students per instructor per day.


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