If you’re considering a move into this exciting new industry this course will enable you to gain your CAA Permission For Aerial Work (PFAW) and a recognised commercial UAV pilot qualification recognised by the CAA.
The components which make up our CDP-C™ (Certified Drone Pilot – Commercial) course are set out below. Once you have completed each of these components we will submit our recommendation to the CAA for you or your organisation to be issued with Permission For Aerial Work (PFAW).
The CDP-C™ course consists of two days of theory training (Ground School), review and feedback of your Operations Manual, and a practical Flight Operations Assessment. We also offer an enhanced Operations Manual service and flight training.
Part 1 – Ground School
You will spend two days in a classroom with one of our highly experienced instructors. The subjects covered during the two days are set out by the CAA and you will need a good knowledge in all of these subjects as this is considered by the CAA to be a requirement to ensure safe and UAV operations complying with CAA regulations. At the end of the two days you will sit a simple Multiple Choice Examination. The course is structured and delivered so as to ensure that you have the required knowledge to pass the exam by the time you come to sit it!
- Air Law and Responsibilities
- Airspace – Operating Principles
- Aircraft Knowledge
- Human Factors
- Airmanship and Aviation Safety
- Planning and Operating Procedures
- Planning Scenarios
- Theory Examination
- Preparing for your Flight Operations Assessment
Part 2 – Operations Manual
We will spend time during the Ground School to explain to you what is required for your Operations Manual. This is a very important document and it is crucially important that it is written well and that you are familiar with the contents.
Standard Service: We will provide you with the CAA template which sets out the document structure and includes guidance notes. Once you have written your Manual you submit the draft to us, we will review it and let you know if we have any comments and suggestions. We will approve your Operations Manual once we are happy that it meets the standards required by the CAA.
Bespoke Operations Manual Service: We will create your Operations Manual with initial input from you. This service allows you to create your Operations Manual quickly and easily. Your Operations Manual will be approved by us as meeting the required standard.
Part 3 – Flight Operations Assessment
Everything you have learnt on Ground School and the procedures you set out in your Operations Manual come to together for the last part of the course which is a Flight Operations Assessment (FOA). This will take the form of an imaginary client request for Aerial Work. We will send you a client brief, with details about the location and what you are being asked to do. You will agree a date for your FOA with your Examiner and then will need to demonstrate to the Examiner that you are capable of operating using the procedures set out in your Operations Manual and that you as Pilot-in-Command have the flying skills necessary to conduct the flight competently and safely whilst operating within the rules and regulations laid down by the CAA.
At some point during your FOA you are likely to have to deal with a couple of simulated emergencies which will be given to you by the examiner. You will also need to demonstrate to your Examiner that you are capable of flying your aircraft without GPS position hold (ATTI Mode).
Once you have successfully completed your Flight Operations Assessment we will submit your Operations Manual and our recommendation to the CAA who will, in due course, issue you with your Permission for Aerial Work.