Flyby Technology is the market leader in Commercial Drone Training. We are proud to offer you the most cost-effective route to your GVC (General Visual Line of Sight Certificate - replaces PfCO) and A2CofC (A2 Certificate of Competency) with our online Commercial Drone Training.
Our outstanding groundschool covers everything you need to know about operating your drone safely and within the rules. You can opt to qualify for your A2CofC only by learning the groundschool essentials. You can then continue on to the more advanced stage of the groundschool to qualify for your GVC (replaced PfCO in January 2021). You can also opt to have extra flight skills lessons at a location near you with our expert instructors.
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On our week long Pro course you will spend a couple of hours each evening, in the comfort of your own home, being expertly guided through our state of the art groundschool courseware, covering everything you need to know about operating your drone safely and within the rules. This part of the course also qualifies you for your A2CofC, so you get 2 qualifications for the price of 1!
You will take a theory test and then move on to complete your Operations Manual. This document is in effect your contract with the Civil Aviation Authority and Flyby Technology and describes how you intend to operate. You will be given advice on how to complete this document and we have made it incredibly easy to construct.
You will then take your Flight Skills Test (FST) with an independent examiner at your nearest centre. The test itself is graded on the quality of your flying, your airmanship and the flight modes used. Your independent examiner will have read your Operations Manual and 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 they 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 ask that you have at least 10 hours of drone flying experience to take this test, otherwise we recommend adding a day of flight skills training when you book on your course.
The Flight Skills elements of the course take place outside in the countryside at locations across the UK. You will see a list of locations to choose the nearest one when you book here.
You will then be the proud Graduate of Flyby Technology Drone School - with your Initial Drone Pilot Standard (IDPS) and PfCO and GVC 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.
Your course will be delivered by an instructor who has thousands of hours experience teaching other professional pilots. The team are from manned aviation or military training, so you’ll be in expert hands. Your instructors training credentials will be second to none. You will remember the course throughout your future career because it has been designed with the future drone pilot in mind, by instructors with the highest instructional credentials.
The A2CofC online course costs £249 + VAT, and you can choose to add a day of Flight Skills Training with your local expert instructor for £451 + VAT. You may also upgrade your course to the full GVC Pro Course for a further £750 + VAT. Lots of options and flexibility for you!
The CAA charge a processing fee which is payable direct to the CAA. Once you have you certificate you can work commercially as a drone pilot.
If you want to discuss your options, give us a ring to organise a course tailored to your needs on 07847 616752 or request a callback.
We welcome students at all levels. Our A2CofC Essentials Course is a great starter course that covers the basics. Our Pro GVC Course covers everything you need to gain your GVC. If you do opt for the Pro GVC course, you will take a Flight Skills Test (FST). We ask that you have at least 10 hours of drone flying experience to take this test, otherwise we recommend adding a day of flight skills training when you book on your course.
If you are a qualified, professional pilot, with a recognised qualification from the CAA, you can choose to skip the groundschool and focus on your Ops Manual and Flight Skills Test on our on our bespoke course for professional pilots at a reduced cost.
Please give us a ring to organise a course tailored to your needs on 07847 616752 or request a callback.
You'll need a laptop or computer installed with MS Word and in good working order. You’ll also need an internet connection and the Zoom App. We will send you an invite to the course.
Once you get to the Flight Skills Test you will need your own drone and the associated support elements. If you don’t have a drone yet, we have drones for sale on our shop at www.flybydrones.co.uk and can also help you to decide on the best investment for your needs. Give us a call on 07847 616752 or request a callback.
We include insurance cover for the Flight Skills elements of the course.
If you miss an evening, our instructors will make sure the sessions are recorded so you can catch up, but you will get much more from participating in a live session so please try to be present each evening. You’ll need to let the instructor know in advance if you won’t be attending. Alternative dates can be arranged for unforeseen circumstances.
It's quick and easy to book. Just click on the orange button to book your course and you’ll be taken to our shop where you can purchase the course you need. You’ll be asked to choose your nearest location, (For Flight Skills Training and the Flight Skills Test). You’ll choose your course dates, courses run every fortnight on evenings online. Just fill in a few contact details to register for our course. You will then be asked to pay securely online to secure your place.