FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. WHY DO I NEED A PERMISSION FOR COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS (PFCO)?
If you stand to gain financially or in kind from any drone flight this will be considered to be a “Commercial” flight and to do this legally the CAA require you to have a PfCO. If you don’t, then you are acting illegally and will be dealt with by the police. So if a friend asks you to take a quick aerial snapshot of their house and promises to buy you a drink in return, then it’s a commercial flight and you need a PfCO !! If you already work as a surveyor and your boss knows you have a drone and asks you to take some shots of a roof what then ? Well, because you’re being paid by your boss and doing this in work time then again it’s commercial. If you upload a film you’ve taken with your drone to YouTube and earn anything from it then, yes, you’ve guessed it, it’s commercial !! The answer is stay safe and stay legal, get your PfCO.
2. CAN I COME ON THE PFCO COURSE IF I HAVE NO PREVIOUS DRONE FLYING EXPERIENCE?
Yes, the theory course would be an excellent way to learn about the rules which govern drone flying as well as everything else connected with drone aviation. Once you’ve passed the exam you can take your time before completing the flight assessment. We can teach you how to fly or you might prefer an experienced friend to do that part, it’s up to you. Whichever way, we will fully brief you on what’s expected so there are no unexpected surprises.
3. WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T MANAGE TO PASS THE THEORY EXAM FIRST TIME?
That’s very straightforward, we will let you have another go free of charge. Before that we can run through the areas that you had issues with and make sure you’re up to speed on it all. We always aim to allow our candidates to retake on the same day if possible.
4. WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T MANAGE TO PASS THE FLIGHT ASSESSMENT FIRST TIME?
The same answer as above, we’ll let you have another go free of charge, on the same day if possible. It may be that you were a bit nervous or were just having a bad flight. It could be that you need to go away and practice a bit more before having another go but we’ll help you out with clear direction.
5. CAN I COME TO PROFESSIONAL DRONE TRAINING IF I DON’T OWN A DRONE?
Yes, of course, you can borrow one of ours.
6. IS THERE A WEIGHT LIMIT FOR DRONES?
Yes, your PfCO is valid for drones up to 20Kg.
7. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY PFCO?
You can complete the theory course and exam over two days and providing you pass the exam we can do the flight assessment on the third morning. So three days in total. You must have completed your Operations Manual before the flight assessment and we’re here to help with that. Once you’ve finished the above you apply to the CAA and that’s that. At the moment the CAA turnaround is very quick about a week or two although it may be longer.
8. HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST ME IN TOTAL AND ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN EXTRAS?
Our PfCO costs £395 (NO VAT) and that includes the theory course, exam, help with preparing your Operations Manual and the flight assessment. It also includes lunch and refreshments during the theory course and free insurance for your flight assessment. No hidden extras there then !! The only other cost will be from the CAA who currently charge £253 for the initial application, this is renewable yearly at a current cost of £190.
9. DO I HAVE TO STUDY BEFORE I COME TO PROFESSIONAL DRONE TRAINING FOR THE PFCO COURSE?
No, we will teach you everything you need to know during the course. We supply all you need. Bring only yourself, your drone, if you have one, and preferably a laptop or tablet to download and use the apps which we guide you through.
10. DOES PROFESSIONAL DRONE TRAINING OFFER BESPOKE COURSES?
Yes we do. Drop us an email or give us a call if you’ve any special requests or requirements. We can take individuals on a one to one basis or large groups, it’s up to you. We can cover any location within the UK and we can come to you.
11. IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE FOR DRONE PILOTS?
Yes there is, the CAA will not issue a PfCO to anyone under the age of 18 but if the PfCO is held by someone who is 18 or over you can be a named pilot on a PfCO at the age of 16 or over.
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