Drone UAQ: Diploma in the Remote Piloting of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Commercial Operations ELCAS

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Price (exc vat): £1416.67
PrintDURATION: 5 days
TIME: 08:30 to 18:30 GMT

This is the only FAST TRACK 5 day UAQ course on the market providing Ops Manual assistance during the course, enabling you to be in a strong position to submit your Ops Manual application by the end of the course. ELCAS Total cost: £1700.

About Drone UAQ: Diploma in the Remote Piloting of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Commercial Operations ELCAS

Drone UAQ course – 5 day FAST TRACK

Diploma in the Remote Piloting of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Commercial Operations

This 5 day FAST TRACK UAQ course is to get permission to fly your drone commercially. The course has been discounted for armed forces personnel going through resettlement using ELCAS funding. So if you decide to book this course you’ll need your own drone and some flight experience. Once booked, we’ll send you a link to the latest online material that will help prepare you for the course. The material includes example questions to prepare you for the theory exam.

IMPORTANT: You will need to spend at least 20 hours studying the online material to be fully prepared.

The first part of the course will focus on the theory aspect of the qualification. So day 1 and 2 is classroom based with a theory and flight planning exam on Tuesday afternoon. You’ll need to pass both exams to proceed. Day 3 is assigned to flight assessment where you’ll need to demonstrate safe handling of your drone.

Certificate

On successful completion of the first phase you have qualified for a ProQual level 3 Certificate in the remote piloting of unmanned aircraft for commercial operations. So if for some reason you delay the completion of your Ops Manual you can still be a drone operator under someone else’s PfCO.

Diploma

The second part of the course is classroom based and will focus on the development of your Ops Manual. Your Ops Manual will include details of how you will operate your drone commercially, so its important that you get it right. It must reflect how you will operate your drone and meet the safety requirements of the CAA. Some delegates are well prepared and have submitted their Ops Manual for approval on the last day of the course. Others have taken a little longer to finalise their Ops Manual.

If you submit a completed Ops Manual by the end of the course that is verified by our assessor; you will be awarded by ProQual a Diploma in the remote piloting of unmanned aircraft for commercial operations.

Post Course Ops Manual submission

If you don’t complete your Ops Manual during the course, then your trainer will provide guidance for the submission of your Ops Manual to the NQE for validation. If errors have been identified it will be returned for you to correct and re-submit. Once accepted, it will be submitted to the CAA for approval and for your PfCO. A charge by the CAA is required at this stage.

You can now operate your drone commercially using your hard earned PfCO.

IPSO FACTO: Registered ProQual Assessment Centre

The course credentials: ProQual and Ofqual

Trainers

Your classroom and flight training will be delivered by our industry leading drone instructors. You may see what other delegates have said about the instructor from post course video’s and online reviews.

Training Locations

Classroom training: Lancaster Court, Fareham, Southampton.

Flight assessment locations: Lee on Solent airfield [please scroll down the page] or Hook Recreation.

National Qualified Entity (NQE)

Recommendations for your PfCO will be made to Consortiq (NQE) for submission to the CAA for approval.

Do you need a drone pilots PfCO?

If you’re going to fly your drone for fun then you don’t currently need any form of licence, you just need to be safe. However, if you intend to use your drone for any commercial purpose then you need to either get a Certificate to operate under someone else’s PfCO, or get a PfCO from the CAA yourself. Otherwise you will be breaking the law.

How long will it take?

It depends upon the level of experience you already have. If you have never flown a drone before you will need to develop the necessary skills to be able to fly safely before you are granted a PfCO. Some people are able to complete the course within a week, but most take around 4 to 6 weeks. You must complete the Flight Operations Assessment within 6 months of passing the theory examinations.

Target audience

You are looking for a career change using ELCAS funding for your resettlement and like the idea of getting involved with new technology.

This course forms one part of the whole picture, where on its completion you will have permission to operate your drone commercially. The next part of your resettlement is to provide a service only accessible via drones and the technology they carry. You might want to work in photography, filming, construction, surveying, security, data security and the many other areas where drones are now being used.

The exams

  • Theory exam
  • Flight planning exam

Training is designed to prepare you for the exams.

A typical Drone UAQ course

Day 1 – Classroom-based learning

Day 2 – Classroom-based learning + theory exam + flight planning exam

Day 3 – Flight Assessment at a local flying venue. You will be given a 90 minute flight slot.

Days 4 and 5 – Classroom based Operations Manual development. You have to create one Ops Manual that identifies how you will use your drone in different situations. So its important that your are thorough before submitting it for verification.

Flight Assessments are subject to weather, and a decision will be made at the end of day 2.  In the event of a cancelled Flight Assessment, an alternative date will be offered.

Course includes

  • Access to the online learning portal
  • Course manual
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Instructor-led classroom sessions by experienced professionals
  • Theory and Flight Planning exams
  • 90-min Flight Assessment to assess practical flying competence*
  • Operations Manual development session and access to templates
  • Operations Manual review service
  • Certificates and full category NQE Recommendation**

Note: CAA fees for a PfCO are not included in the course fee.

*    No lunch or refreshments will be provided on the Flight Assessment day

**    Full category NQE recommendations will be issued following the final review of your completed Operations Manual.

What should you bring to the course?

Drone

You will need to bring a drone for your flight assessment.  This drone should be of the same category and type you wish to include in your Operations Manual.  Your 90-minute flight assessment will include approximately 10-15 minutes of flying time but this can vary for a number of reasons.  You should arrive with a fully charged battery and recommend a fully charged spare. If your drone requires a phone or tablet as part of the flying controller, please ensure this has the latest manufacturer’s control app and holds a suitable charge.

Laptop computer

A laptop computer will be useful on day 1 and essential on day 2 for the flight planning exercises and exam.  In our experience, tablet computers (e.g. an iPad) can work but some websites and resources may not be optimally formatted.  We therefore recommend a laptop computer whenever possible. WiFi connectivity is available.

Insurance

Under CAA rules (which stem from EC Regulation No 785/2004) you are required to hold suitable insurance when conducting your flight assessment.  There are policies that will cover you just for your flight assessment as well as regular annual policies that will cover you for ongoing flying.  You must provide evidence of your insurance to the examiner prior to the start of your flight assessment.

Flight Logs

CAA rules require you to have flown a minimum of 2 hours within the previous 3 months.  Candidates are able to self certify this to the examiner who will need to see your logs before the flight assessment.  This might be through your drone’s control app (the DJI Go app), a 3rd-party app or manual logs on a spreadsheet or log book.

CAA Fees

  1. In addition to the fees payable for the course, you are required to pay a CAA fee which is currently £247 for your initial PfCO licence on completion of the course.
  2. The annual CAA renewal fee is currently £185.

Renewals

Your PfCO qualification does not expire. However, the CAA has a minimum flying time which requires you to provide a logbook of evidence. It requires at least 2 hours drone flying time in the last three months for each pilot when renewing your PfCO.

Recently Qualified Pilots and Andy the instructor in the middle

 


ELCAS course bundle options

Project Management and Drone qualifications.
Consider bundling these highly sought after qualifications to enhance your career prospects and maximise your ELCAS funding:

You must contribute a minimum of 20%
The following examples are for higher tier funding

APM PFQ and UAQ Drone – £779 + £1700 = £2,479 [ELCAS contribute £1,983.20, you pay £495.80]

PRINCE2 and UAQ Drone – £1199 + £1700 = £2899 [ELCAS contribute £2000.00, you pay £899.00]

APM PMQ and UAQ Drone – £1739 + £1700 = £3439 [ELCAS contribute £2000.00, you pay £1439.00]

Aim & Objectives

Course Aims

  • To demonstrate the required practical flying competence for the safe operation of a small unmanned aircraft (drone) in any airspace. (Remote Pilot level 3)
  • To begin development of a compliant Operations Manual to satisfy the requirements of the CAA.
  • To undertake all elements required to make a submission to the CAA for a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO). (CAA Small Unmanned Operator PfCO – level 4)

Course Objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the required level of theory and flight planning knowledge to fully plan and execute a commercial drone flight in any airspace.
  • Understand the requirements of the law and regulations about the use of drones within the UK.
  • Complete a suitable assessment of both the ground and aviation risks having identified and researched the hazards associated with a flight in a specified location.
  • Act as a remote pilot on an organisation’s existing Permission and Operations Manual.
  • Complete an Operations Manual which together with a Full Category NQE Recommendation from Consortiq will allow you to make a submission to the CAA for a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO).

Course Content

Regulations, limitations and Certification

Airspace, charts and navigation

Weather and meteorology

Principles of flight and performance

Systems and maintenance

Human factors and decision making

Risk management and flight planning

Flight operations

Flight planning, hazard analysis and risk mitigation

Practical skill check and flight assessment

Operations Manual development including templates (Level 4 only)

Video Testimonials

 

ELCAS Funded: Diploma in the remote piloting of unmanned aircraft for commercial operations.

Ross is going to use his drone to financially support an adventure with his family in his van.


ELCAS Funded: Diploma in the remote piloting of unmanned aircraft for commercial operations.

Tony is going to use his drone skills and qualification to support a new career in cyber security.


The DJI Mavic is a popular drone choice used by our course delegates.

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