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Become a Qualified Commercial Drone Pilot in the UK

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Train with the Experts

The CAA Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) is required to legally operate drones or Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) for paid work in the UK. We offer 6 commercial drone training courses taught by industry experts who all have their CAA PfCO, plus a wealth of experience and knowledge to ensure you receive the best possible standard of training.

Whether you’re an individual or organisation, our training courses aim to qualify you from basic drone awareness to commercial compliance with the Civil Aviation Authority. From gaining your PfCO to understanding Pix4D drone mapping software, we have the training solutions to take your commercial operations to the next level.

With full CAA-approved PfCO course prices starting from £650 plus VAT, why not give us a call today on 0330 111 8800 to find out how we can help you.

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Lifetime Support

Once you become an Uplift customer, whether that be through purchasing equipment or booking one of our drone training courses – we’ll provide you with lifetime support and will be alongside you every step of the way through your new journey.drone training - reason 1


Experienced Trainers

With years of first-hand experience, our trainers not only provide 1-to-1 support but are always on-hand to answer any questions you may have about the drone industry, different platforms and what they do, plus how to build your career with drone technology.

Our team consists of current professional drone pilots, equipment experts and aviation experts who have used, sold, built and trained with drones for many years.

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Market-Leading Equipment

We supply only the highest-quality drone equipment, along with our industry-leading training. With many ways to finance your drone equipment and training available, including retail finance and business leasing options. The term ‘one-stop-drone-shop’ has been thrown about, but whether you decide to call us that is entirely up to you!

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Flexibility

It doesn’t matter whether you have never flown a drone in your life or you’re a commercial airline pilot – we have a course for you!

All our PfCO courses provide you with access to our pre-course e-learning materials and then once you are on the course, you will receive two days of classroom/based theory training*, or Ground School, while the Advanced version adds a day of practical flight training too.

Once you’ve decided which course is the right fit for you – you’re spoilt for choice, as we have 8 locations across the UK in Glasgow, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Brighton, Manchester, Leeds, High Wycombe, Guildford and Bristol.

*not applicable to the Pilot’s PfCO course.

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Relaxed & Fun Drone Training

Although undertaking commercial drone training can initially be seen as pretty intense and even a tad stressful – that’s not how you would describe our training experience.

You might think we’re all tech tech tech, but that’s simply not the case. Each course is taken at an enjoyable pace in a relaxed environment, to make sure that you get the most out of your course.

And if you feel stuck at any time don’t worry about it – that’s exactly what our trainers are here for – they’re more than happy to answer any questions from what’s a prop, to how to fix a motor, to what was their pet’s first name – it’s all part of the fun!

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FAQ

How do I become a Commercial Drone Pilot?

To fly drones commercially in the UK you need to obtain a Permission for Commercial Operations or PfCO. Uplift Drones provides industry-leading drone training courses to enable organisations and individuals to become commercial drone pilots. We have three PfCO courses depending on your prior experience; Pilot’s PfCO (1 day), Fast Track PfCO (2 days) and Advanced PfCO (3 days). All include the cost of your practical Flight Test.

What is involved in obtaining a Permission for Commercial Operations?

You have to complete 3 parts of the PfCO process. These include a Ground School that ends with a Theory Exam, producing an Operations Manual (Volumes 1+2) and passing a practical Flight Test. The Uplift Drones training team will help you every step of the way and provides lifetime support, long after your course has been completed.

I’m interested in Drone Mapping. Do you offer any training for this?

We teach a 2-day introduction to drone mapping course that allows you to formulate a strong understanding around the core functions within Pix4D photogrammetry software. The Drone Mapping course is aimed at professionals who will benefit from the use of a photogrammetry capability, whilst typically deploying UAVs for their day-to-day survey works. No prior experience is required.


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