Drone Pilot Drone Training Course

If you have been flying a drone for years and don't need to brush up on your flight skills, Flyby can offer you a direct route to gaining your PfCO. This course is perfect for you if you consider yourself ready for the flight skills test. Your skills need to be highly developed in order to pass this test, so if you don't feel ready for the flight skills test, we advise you add 2 days of flight skills training to your course when you book online.

This CAA approved drone training courses assumes previous drone flying experience, allowing experienced drone pilots to bypass flight skills training and focus on the necessary elements in order to qualify for your Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO). We also offer 2 days of advanced flight skills training and we can tailor this training to your individual needs.

On this 3 day course, we teach you the required CAA syllabus, go above and beyond with our unique 'pilot skills' module, giving you the ultimate confidence as a pilot. We will help you complete your operations manual and prepare you for your flight skills test.

The flight skills test will be taken with an independent examiner on day 3 of your course. Then we will apply for your PfCO on your behalf.

CAA Drone Training Course Structure

As an experienced drone pilot, you already know the basics, so we can significantly reduce your training costs. Flyby offer a 3 day course for experienced drone pilots at £990 +VAT. We will go through the operations manual and help you complete it, along with preparing you for your flight skills test.

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previous experience

At least 10 hours of flying experience with a drone is a requirement of this course. If you need to attend our flight skills training, add 2 days of flight skills on to your course when you book online.

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2 Day Groundschool

Learn to operate your drone safely and within the latest rules.

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Operations Manual

Complete your operations manual with our expert guidance.

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Put yourself to the test

Take a Flight Skills Test with one of our independent examiners.

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Our new Weekender Drone Courses give you the opportunity to train outside of working hours if you can't spare week days. They are available at limited locations, but we will be adding new locations and dates all the time, so keep an eye on the weekend drone course page and book quickly as places get snapped up quickly!

Business Startup Package

Flyby offer a fantastic package for those wishing to start a new business in the drone industry. We can offer you a drone at a reduced cost from our partners, the best quality drone pilot training to qualify to work commercially and a website to get your marketing off to a flying start!


What's included?

Book your CAA Drone Training today!

It's quick and easy to book. Just click on the button below to choose your nearest location. Then you will be given a list of course options and dates. Then just fill out a few contact details to register on one of our courses.

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Frequently asked questions

Hopefully we've covered all you need to know on this website, but if you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us on FREEPHONE 08081680626

What will I need?

To be able to complete the course you will need your own drone and associated screens, already loaded with the latest software and firmware. Please make sure your drone is serviceable and ready to be deployed on day 3 of the course.

If you do not already have a drone, we can help you obtain one. We have preferred supplier partners and can secure a discount for you.

  • A drone and the associated support elements
  • A laptop with MS Word installed.
  • An insurance certificate. We can get you enrolled with a Coverdrone or Moonrock Policy.

What happens when I book?

We will email you confirming your registration. If you have paid in full at the time of booking or signed up for our 0% finance offer, we will confirm your place on the course. You will be sent information on the course including specific locations, times and what you will need.

You will also be sent a student study guide. Your training can be uniquely tailored to your needs, so if you have any questions then please contact our team on FREEPHONE 08081680626

What previous experience am I expected to have?

No previous experience is necessary if you choose to take the 3 day course + 2 days flight skills training.

If you plan to just take the 3 day course then you need at least 10 hours drone flying experience in order to pass the flight skills test. This involves some skilled manoeuvres, so your flight skills need to be highly developed. Read about the Flight Skills Test here >

If this doesn't apply to you then just add 2 days of flight skills training when you book online and we'll bring you up to standard in no time!

Where can I take the course?

We run the courses across the UK every week. Bristol, Cambridge, West London, East Midlands, Shrewsbury, York, and Edinburgh are our current training centres, with more being added all the time. Visit our location page to choose your nearest course >

What if when I start I realise I need flight skills training after all?

You can stay for an extra 2 days for flight skills training.  If you are not free for the 2 days following your 3 day course, you can join us on any future course to complete the last 2 days in one block.

Read more about flight skills training >

Read more about the flight skills test >


Do you offer a shorter course?

Our courses are flexible, so if you can't spare 3 days or 5 days in a row to train, we can offer a 2 day groundschool with the rest of the course at a later date.

The requirements to obtain your Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) are dictated by the CAA and require us to deliver a specific syllabus to you. We are experienced in pilot training so have the best teaching techniques and training aids to help you learn this information quickly and retain it for years to come. This takes a minimum of 2 days at our groundschool.

You will also be required to complete an operations manual and a flight skills test. This will take a further day. You can opt to complete the operations manual in your own time and arrange a flight skills test at your convenience with one of our instructors, however we find students do require our help with these elements of the training.

Just go ahead and book your course and then let us know straight away that you would like to initially attend for 2 days only. You can come back for another day - or 3 - at a later date.


You will be the proud Graduate of Flyby Technology Drone School - with your Initial Drone Pilot Standard (IDPS) and Permission for Commercial Operation under your belt, the world is your oyster! Being a Flyby Graduate will be an indicator of the high standard that you have achieved and of the professionalism with which you approach your flying.

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More about Flyby Drone Pilot Drone Training

Flyby Commercial Drone Training not only gives you the combined knowledge and energy of highly regarded experts, but gives you their continued support during your career. You can be confident that the training you have received has prepared you properly and not just covered a syllabus.

A requirement of holding a Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) is that you complete an operations manual. This document is in effect your contract with the Civil Aviation Authority and Flyby Technology and describes how you intend to operate. We will help you complete this document which explains how you intend to operate.

Flight Skills Test
On the final day of your course you will complete your flight skills test. The test itself is graded on the quality of your flying, your airmanship and the flight modes used. Your examiner will give you a safety briefing and check that you have flown your drone for a minimum of 2 hours in the last 3 months. As part of that briefing he will set the scene for your task which will include manoeuvres you may need to perform on a live job. You will fly your drone in accordance with your task brief and operations manual.

The examiner will approach your Flight Skills Test with professionalism but will be encouraging and approachable throughout. We see this as a training opportunity as well as a test. You will be advised of the result immediately and your examiner will offer any advice he feels would further improve your flying. We then collate your paperwork in the days that follow and submit your application for PfCO on your behalf.

You will be the proud graduate of Flyby Technology Drone Training School - with your Initial Drone Pilot Standard (IDPS) and Permission for Commercial Operation under your belt, the world is your oyster!

We provide drone pilot training to people from all backgrounds and look forward to meeting you and hearing your views on our amazing new industry. By choosing Flyby Technology you are giving yourself the best opportunity for a successful career. You will also be developing a support network that will not only help you during your drone pilot training, but will be there to guide and help you in the years to follow. Holding the IDPS will be an indicator of the high standard that you have achieved and of the professionalism with which you approach your flying.

This course costs £990 +VAT. 2 days of Flight Skills training costs just £460 +VAT. Our prices are extremely competitive, we go the extra mile by giving you the best instructors and the highest quality training. We hope to build a relationship with you that offers you continued support in your career and helps you develop a valuable network to help you progress in the exciting world of drones.

How to book
The course can be tailored to suit your individual needs, so please give us a call on 08081680626 or email admin@flyby.technology to discuss your requirements. You can book your course online now by clicking the button below. 

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