UAQ – Drone Course for Commercial Operations Diploma

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Price (exc vat): £2000
PrintDURATION: 5 days
TIME: 08:30 to 18:30 GMT

A Drone Qualification can open the door to new business opportunities and improve customer relations. Join our 5 day FAST TRACK drone course and take your business to new levels.

About UAQ – Drone Course for Commercial Operations Diploma

UAQ Drone course Introduction

This 5 day FAST TRACK approved Drone course is designed for you to get permission to fly your drone for commercial and financial gain. You’re looking to develop a business opportunity or to stand out from your competition. Without the qualification you’d be breaking the law. The drone is just a tool, but this tool can carry technology that can be innovative, time saving and cost saving when compared against current practices. Your investment in this technology is small compared to the opportunities that may arise from it.

The 5 day FAST TRACK course is outlined as follows:

On booking the course: You will be sent a link to an online learning portal. You will need to spend approximately 20 hours to prepare for the course and its exams.

Day 1: Classroom based theory covering topics in detail that you’ve seen on the learning portal.

Day 2: More classroom based theory followed by two exams: Theory and Flight Planning

Day 3: Flight assessment day. You’ll need to bring your drone and demonstrate its safe handling. Weather dependent.

Day 4: Classroom based Ops Manual Development training and support

Day 5: Classroom based Ops Manual Development training and support. You could now be in a position to submit your Ops Manual for approval.

Useful terms?

  • Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) – Your permission to fly approved by the CAA.
  • Unmanned Aircraft Qualification (UAQ) – Diploma in the Remote Piloting of unmanned aircraft for Commercial Operations
  • Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) – The licencing authority
  • Nationally Qualified Entity (NQE) A licenced NQE will submit your portfolio of work to the CAA for approval.
  • ProQual – The examining body of the UAQ
  • IPSO FACTO – The training provider and ProQual Assessment Centre

Is this course for you?

You’re interested in getting a PfCO for your existing business or for a new business opportunity.

Examples of drones in business:

  • Project Managers: Surveying, Communicating, Reporting and Security (data security and site security).
  • Construction Managers: Surveying, Health and Safety and Reporting (live or stitched images).
  • Event Managers: Photography and Filming
  • Farmers: Crop surveys for yield improvement

How long will it take?

If you join the course with the required flight experience and you’ve spent around 20 hours studying the online material, you’ve passed both theory exams and the flight assessment. Its possible to submit your completed Ops Manual at the end of the course. It then needs to be verified by our NQE before being submitted to the CAA for approval. The NQE and CAA can take approximately four weeks before final permission is granted. Note: You must complete the flight operations assessment within six months of passing the theory exams.

What about the exams?

There is a theory and a flight planning exam held on the afternoon of day two. You will need to pass both exams before moving on to the practical flight assessment day. The course is designed to prepare you for both exams. However, you are strongly advised to complete approximately 20 hours of pre-reading before the start of the course. Materials and a link to online learning will be sent to you on completion of the booking process. This part of your learning will prepare you for the language of aviation and include references to regulations and legal documentation. It is then the skill of our trainers that will provide an interpretation of the language so you will have no doubt of its meaning.

Will ProQual issue my UAQ Diploma?

Yes. ProQual will issue the UAQ Diploma against the following course credentials: ProQual

What does the course include?

  • Access to the online learning portal
  • Course manual
  • Lunch and refreshments* – not on flight assessment day
  • 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.

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

What are the costs?

The total cost of the course is £2000 plus VAT

First years CAA licence fee currently £247 – renewal fee £185

Your drone: Drones can cost between £800 to £4000+ that are used for commercial operations. Onboard equipment will cost more.

How do you book onto a course?

  • Select a location – currently “Fareham – Solent Airport” only (future locations: Oxford, Manchester and Perth)
  • Choose a course start date from the list
  • Click on the make enquiry button at the top of the page and enter your details and comments
  • We’ll get back to you, reserve a place on the course and start the booking process

Recently qualified Pilots with Andy the instructor in the middle

 


Questions with answers

Question: When I enquired about the course I was told that my Dji Mavic Air was the minimum standard of aircraft required, which is good as this is the model that I have. My concern is that while I’ve been looking into what is involved on the course, I’ve seen that part of the practical flight test is to be conducted in Atti Mode. Is this correct, as the Mavic Air doesn’t appear to have this facility?

Answer:  There is a Flight Assessment standard for drones both with and without Atti mode.  For drones that can’t be manually selected into Atti mode (e.g. the Mavic Air), there are a couple of additional manoeuvres to fly.  These are detailed in the Flight Assessment Guide in the online learning portal.


Question: If I get my rotary licence first. How can I then get a licence for my fixed wing drone?

Answer: You’ll need an additional flight assessment for the fixed wing aircraft. Your flight assessment pass certificate will then include an additional category for you to operate both aircraft. Currently our price for an additional flight assessment is: £215+VAT if conducted within the same time slot as the 1st flight assessment but £250+VAT if conducted at a later date.


Question: If the weather is unfit to fly what is the plan?

Answer: We regularly monitor the weather in order to adjust the course. There is flexibility to move the flight assessment day between days 3, 4 and 5. We also have other backup options to help resolve this potential problem. Our trainers will keep you informed throughout the course.

Aim & Objectives

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)

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