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Groundschool for PfCO (formerly PFAW)

Drone training that is recognised by the CAA and is the minimum requirement to enable you to apply for a permission to undertake commercial work.  Our ground schools are delivered by highly experienced practitioners via our training division DronePartners that is an CAA NQE number 1117/4027.

We can test you at drone weights up to 20kg and in the context of your intended operation.  For further details visit the DronePartners website.

"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

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

DAY 3

On day three we will demonstrate a safe setup and discuss queries relating to developing your operations manual.  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.

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.

Training Date

  • 16-18 January, 2018, Witney, Oxfordshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 23-25 January, 2018, Richmond, North Yorkshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 6-8 February, 2018, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire,  Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 20-22 February, 2018, Witney, Oxfordshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 6-8 March, 2018, Richmond, North Yorkshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 20-22 March, 2018, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire,  Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 10-12 April, 2018, Witney, Oxfordshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 24-26 April, 2018, Richmond, North Yorkshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 15-17 May, 2018, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire,  Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 5-7 June, 2018, Witney, Oxfordshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 26-28 June, 2018, Richmond, North Yorkshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 10-12 July, 2018, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire,  Ground school for PfCO,
  • 24-26 July, Witney, Oxfordshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT
  • 14-16  August, Richmond, North Yorkshire, Ground school for PfCO, £1,194.00 inc VAT

To book your place, please email info@droneflight.co.uk or call 01833 605051