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Groundschool to obtain a PfCO (formerly PFAW)

We provide drone training that is recognised by the CAA and enables you to apply for a permission for commercial operations (PfCO).  Our ground schools are delivered by highly experienced practitioners via our training division DronePartners, a CAA National Qualified Entity, ID 1117/4027.

Our trainers are commercial drone pilots with a wealth of real world practical experience in filming, thermography, surveying and inspecting with drones.  We also provide you with hands on flight coaching during the 3 day course, weather permitting.

We can assess your competency flying a drone, weighing up to 20 kg, in the context of your intended operation.

"Before I retired Droneflight was the only company we would use due to their professionalism, knowledge and training."

− Darren England, West Yorkshire Police

"I would highly recommend Droneflight if you're thinking of doing the course. Not only do you get your PfCO, you are trained by some of the best specialised instructors in this industry. Learning from their experiences is priceless."

− Debbie MacRae, Stratus 400

"After hours of research I came across Droneflight for drone flight training. I received expert knowledge, from real drone pilots, and valuable skills. Droneflight made my PFAW/PfCO experience informative, interesting and easy. It is thanks to these guys I have a very successful career within the drone industry."

− Lee Bullock, The Aerial Aspect

"I had the privilege of training with these guys and would highly recommend will be returning to do some of the more specialised courses they run hopefully later in the year....also what a beautiful part of the country to do it..."

− Wayne Froome

"Certainly recommend Andrew and the team. As well as the accredited training, the shared experience and knowledge sets the Droneflight team apart"

− Erland Rendell, Atorus Consult Ltd

"Thank you to everyone at DronePartners for your patience and time you have taken with me throughout the process obtaining my PfCO. It was a very enjoyable experience and one in which i am very privileged to have taken part in.

− Cameron Kinder UAS Pilot & Technical Support, Industro

Day 1 and Day 2

Droneflight provides a 3 day Ground school.  The first two days cover the syllabus requirements of the UK CAA.  The topics covered are:

  • UAS Airspace Operating Principles
  • Airmanship and Aviation Safety
  • Air Law and Responsibilities
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation Charts
  • Human Factors
  • Aircraft Knowledge
  • Operating Procedures
  • Flight Planning
  • Theory Examination


The agenda is considerably more practical and designed to bring together what you have learned in practice and provide you with some flight coaching, outside activities are weather dependant.  If you have your own drone you should bring it with you.  We have direct experience of operating a wide range of drones including: DJI, Zenith, Falcon 8, QuestUAV and others.  The agenda for the day is:

  • Operations Manual Status Review
    • Template Run Through
    • Pre-Requisite for the Practical Flight Assessment
  • Safe Set Up Demonstration
  • Flying Skills Evaluation and Coaching
  • Question and Answer Session

You’ll be provided with the result of your ground school examination and feedback on your Flight Planning Assessment at the start of Day 3.  If you haven’t met the CAA’s required pass mark of 75% on the ground school examination there will be an opportunity to resit the ground school examination later on Day 3.

Flight Assessment

If you meet the pre-requisites to complete your flight test you complete this on the third day (subject to availability).  This needs to be arranged in advance and you need to have completed the first draft of your operations manual.  For further information about pre-requisites for the flight test visit the Flight Test Page.  If you don’t meet the pre-requisites or you just want more time to practice you can schedule your flight test for a later date.  However, you need to complete your flight test within 3 months of passing your ground school exam.

Training Dates


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  • 29-31st May, 2018, Redcar, Teeside, Ground school for PfCO, £995 plus VAT
  • 5-7 June, 2018, Witney, Oxfordshire, Ground school for PfCO, £995 plus VAT
  • 26-28 June, 2018, Aberdeen, Ground school for PfCO, £995 plus VAT
  • 3-5 July, 2018, Richmond, North Yorkshire, Ground school for PfCO, £995 plus VAT
  • 10-12 July, 2018, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire,  Ground school for PfCO, £995 plus VAT
  • 24-26 July, Witney, Oxfordshire, Ground school for PfCO, £995 plus VAT
  • 14-16  August, Richmond, North Yorkshire, Ground school for PfCO, £995 plus VAT
  • 11-13 September, Aberdeen  Ground school for PfCO, £995 plus VAT
  • 2-4 October, Witney, Oxfordshire, Ground school for PfCO, £995 plus VAT
  • 9-11 October, Richmond, North Yorkshire, Ground school for PfCO, £995 plus VAT
  • 16-18 October, 2018, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire,  Ground school for PfCO, £995 plus VAT
  • 30th October-1st November, Aberdeen  Ground school for PfCO, £995 plus VAT
  • 13-15 November, Witney, Oxfordshire, Ground school for PfCO, £995 plus VAT
  • 20-22 November, 2018, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire,  Ground school for PfCO, £995 plus VAT

To book your place, please email or call 01833 605051