CAA Requirements for Permission

The course overview:

To fulfil the CAA requirements we offer  4 days (4 nights arriving the day before) residential (4 star B&B) course  which includes:

Student study manual PDF, covering the CAA syllabus subject areas

Theoretical Knowledge ground school and the formal exam
Practical flight training (as required) with an instructor
Practical flight/skill test with an examiner, guaranteed so, no returning at a later date (CAA approved indoor facility for adverse weather conditions – rain and or high winds)

Operation Manuals

  • Operation Manual – Volume 1

  • Systems – Volume 2

  • Safety Assessment – Volume 3 

The above Volumes (1-3) will be completed and amended together over the course.


The creation of an Operational Manual is paramount and will be used as part of the flight/skill test. We provide our own CAA approved Operation Manual which together we will amended to your specific requirements, which needs to be submitted to the CAA as part of the approval process.


Training Course Syllabus

In detail to gain permission for commercial operation (PfCO) and therefore approval, the CAA require that all Pilots attends an approved course, which consists of:

1.   Passing the theoretical knowledge exam based on a syllabus provided by the CAA covering:

Air Law
Principles of Flight
Airspace and Operating Principles
Operations Manual & Risk Assessment
Human Factors
Operator Responsibilities & Airmanship
Flight Planning

These subjects are basically the private pilot exams tailored to UAV drone operations.

2.     Pass a flight test with a CAA approved examiner

3.     Produce an operations manual which states the procedures that will be followed when conducting flights. The operation manual follows a template provided in a CAA Publication called ‘CAP 722’ and will be provided by us.


Course Dates

Our courses start every Monday throughout the year, with the exception of the Christmas period.

We can also wrap the Course around a weekend Friday to Monday or over two weekends, as is convenient, you choose.

Course Costs

Residential course costs £990 +vat including 4 star B&B accommodation.

Course without accommodation £634 +vat.

There is other accommodation available, Travelodge a few miles away.

Our role is to instruct and guide you through the CAA approval process with our experience and regardless of of the weather we will deliver exactly that.

In the unlikely event of having to resit the theoretical exam or retake the flight test, we will provide further instruction and the resit and retake are free of charge

Time Table

Other Information

The application fees to the CAA for your ‘Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) are payable by the student direct to the CAA and is currently £173

If you use your own drone please ensure you have the correct insurance. Please email us if you are not sure and we’ll point you in the right direction, we currently use ‘Coverdrone’

However, if you elect to use one of the schools drones you are covered by our insurance.

Sample pages from the student study guide

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