UPLIFT Pilot’s PfCO

Drone Training Course for Licenced Pilots

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  • Prior experience required by the CAA
  • Max 12 people per course

Pilot’s PfCO Course


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. Students are required to submit an ops manual, perform a theory test and complete a flight test.

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, however the full range of available concessions is set out in more detail in CAP722.

Flight Test

This course includes the cost of your practical flight test, which is conducted when you feel ready to pass with confidence. If the flight test 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
Additionally
  • Appropriate weather
  • A drone (please speak to us about hiring or purchasing a drone for the test)
Important:
  • 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, you 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.


Theory Test

Your theory test takes place in the afternoon of the ground school. You are exempt from attending the full day and only need to complete the theory test itself (total 1.5 hours).

Flight Test

Your flight test is conducted on a separate date when you are ready and able 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, students on this course are expected to submit their own paperwork to the CAA – this allows us to offer this course at a very low price.

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