CAA Requirements for GVC Operational Authorisation

The General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC) Operational Authorisation replaces the Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) and is available now – unlike the A2 Certificate of Competence (A2 C of C) which starts from 1st January 2021 even though no UAV machines are on the market as yet.

However, we are combining the GVC and the A2 (CofC) and you will be issued with both certificates with the A2 (CofC) sat in the ‘background’ for future use, should you wish.

The course includes:

Student study manual in pdf format for home study, covering the CAA and EASA syllabus subject areas;

Operating Safety Case (OSC) templates – Volume 1 Operations Manual, Volume 2 UAS Systems, Volume 3 Safety Risk Assessment;

Three days of theoretical knowledge groundschool lectures covering the CAA syllabus for both the GVC and A2 (CofC) and current UK regulations, with the formal theoretical knowledge examination taken at the end of day three;

Day four practical flight/skill test with a CAA-approved examiner.

The creation of the Operating Safety Case is paramount and will be used as part of the flight/skill test. We provide CAA-approved OSC templates based on those in CAP722A, which must be completed by the student. OSC are used as supporting evidence to the application to the CAA for operation of an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

The intent is to ensure that the required operational safety requirements have been met and best practice is adopted by all UAS operators before being authorised to operate in UK airspace.

You will become the Accountable Manager and the Chief Pilot on your Operational Authorisation and operate in accordance with it for each flight. Dragon Drone Training will provide full guidance and support with this and the OSC templates will be covered in detail during the groundschool course.

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Following the recent and unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, the groundschool element of the four-day course is being conducted via Zoom until restrictions are lifted and it is safe to conduct face-to-face lectures.

The formal examination will also use webcam facilities which allow the invigilator to see both the applicant and the applicant’s screen at all times.

Invigilation is 1:1 between the student and invigilator.

The flight/skill test will be conducted using social distancing of 2 metres as a safety precaution.

Students will also be issued with a face masks that conforms to type IIR BEF>98% along with sanitiser gel.



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Theoretical Knowledge Syllabus

During the three days allocated to theoretical knowledge training, we will go step by step through the course syllabus in a series of lectures. This is followed by a formal examination at the end of day three. The syllabus can be found in CAP722B and the subjects are covered in depth in our Student Manual:

  • Air Law/Responsibilities

  • UAS Airspace Operating Principles

  • Airmanship and Aviation Safety

  • Human Performance Limitations

  • Meteorology

  • Navigation/Charts

  • UAS General Knowledge

  • Operator Responsibilities

  • Operating Procedures

Each element is taught and examined in sufficient depth to establish that students have a good understanding of the syllabus topics and how these relate directly to UAS operations.

Practical Flying Test

The GVC practical flying test is designed to provide assurance that the remote pilot can safely undertake operations within the Specific category.

The test will be conducted using procedures dictated by a standard risk assessment, with attention given to how problem/emergency scenarios are addressed. These procedures are contained in your operations manual:

  • Pre-flight actions: crew briefing, on-site survey, making the take-off area secure

  • In-flight procedures: standard take-off profiles, flight manoeuvres, emergency actions from memory

  • Post-flight actions: aircraft and battery log, personal log book, aircraft maintenance

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.

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Following the recent and unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, the groundschool element of the four-day course is being conducted via Zoom until restrictions are lifted and it is safe to conduct face-to-face lectures.

The formal examination will also use webcam facilities which allow the invigilator to see both the applicant and the applicant’s screen at all times.

Invigilation is 1:1 between the student and invigilator.

The flight/skill test can be conducted using social distancing as a safety precaution.

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Course Costs

Course without accommodation £634 +vat.

Residential course costs £990 +vat including 4 star B&B accommodation (the accommodation element of the course can fluctuate depending on whether it’s high or low season).

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 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 as required and the resit 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 £247

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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