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Includes 1 x free ticket to the COPTRZ Making Money from Drones Seminar (worth £99)

 

The COPTRZ Comprehensive CAA PfCO Training Course will allow you to gain the full up-to-date package of skills, knowledge and experience needed to apply for your Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). During the course, you will gain a thorough understanding of the current UK air law and operations standards for flying drones safely in a commercial environment.

Our fully approved CAA PfCO Training Course takes place over a 4 day period in total and includes a pre-course study guide, ground school lessons, theory test and operations manual walk-through and flight test.

Ground School - 3 Days

The first 3 days of the course are ground school training which includes theory training, theory test and operations manual walkthrough. 

Flight Test - 1 Day

3 days of ground school can be followed by your flight test on the 4th day if you are confident in your flying skills and your operations manual has been signed off by one of our CAA approved trainers. Alternatively, the flight test can be arranged for a later date at the same location.

Upon completion of your CAA PfCO Training Course, COPTRZ will provide a recommendation to the CAA which will result in approval of your Permission for Commercial Operations. This is a requirement if you wish to operate your drone commercially.

 

 

Course Syllabus 

  • Air Law
  • Principles of Flight (POF)
  • Meteorology
  • Airspace & Operating Principles
  • UAV & Privacy
  • Human Factors
  • Airmanship
  • Navigation
  • Flight Planning

 

Course Information

  • The COPTRZ PfCO training course lasts 4 days.
  • The course starts at 9AM and finishes between 5PM and 5.30pm ( flight assessments may finish later on day 4).
  • Class sizes may vary – typically 8 - 12
  • Training guarantee is available for all courses. This guarantees a full refund from COPTRZ in the event you don’t pass the PfCO Training Course
  • In addition to attaining your PfCO, you will also receive a complimentary invite to the COPTRZ Making Money from Drones Seminar, a half-day event designed to equip you with the key skills needed to get your drone operation off the ground.

   

Testimonials

"I've just completed the CAA PFCO course run by the team at COPTRZ. Extremely professional and well run."

Iain Yarwood

"Great course enjoyed by all, absorbing and informative, suited our needs perfectly. Assistance with filling in CAA permission application most welcome."

Jeremy Galtress

"I have done my research and this is definitely the best course I found ...even including how to help build your new business."

Jo Powell

"I too have just completed my CAA PFCO course run by the team at COPTRZ. Excellent and extremely professional. Great bunch of people and met some awesome trainees. Highly recommended. Top marks lads!"

Mark Braybrook

"I found this course really helpful and learned a lot over the last few days. The tutors were great specially with the different backgrounds of knowledge. I was nervous on day 3 but the atmosphere got better as the course broke up for flight tests on day 4 and got a more 1 on 1 chat with the instructors. Both John's and Lee deserve good credit for helping a Novice pilot like my self through the course and gave me and others great advice. Please pass on a big THANK YOU from me to both John's and Lee "

Thomas Phipps

 

Training Locations

COPTRZ currently offer CAA Permission for Commercial Operations courses in seven locations:

Barnsley: Burntwood Court Hotel, Common Road, Brierley, Barnsley S72 9ET

Burntwood Court Hotel is surrounded by wonderful and expansive countryside providing a relaxed and peaceful setting which is easily accessible from Doncaster, Wakefield, Leeds, York, Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham.

Farnborough: Highfield Park, Church Lane, Heckfield, Nr. Hook, Hampshire, RG27 0LG

Kickstart the next chapter in your business in suitably historic surroundings. Join COPTRZ at the beautiful Highfield Park for the chance to train among the grounds of a stately manor house built in Queen Anne and Georgian architectural styles. Piloting your drone in the generous and beautifully designed gardens is a really fantastic experience. Think Downton Abbey – with added drones.

Cardiff, Wales: The New House Country Hotel, Thornhill, Cardiff CF14 9UA

Towering majestically over the city of Cardiff, The New House Hotel is the kind of retreat that city slickers spend their weekdays dreaming about. Far enough from the city to feel the calming effects of the country, but still close enough to dip into the hustle & bustle.

Edinburgh: Carberry Tower Mansion House, Carberry Tower Estate, Musselburgh EH21 8PY

Eight miles from Edinburgh and 15 minutes from the coast is the historic Carberry Tower discreetly tucked away in 35 acres of landscaped and manicured parkland.A perfect location to escape the hustle and bustle of the inner city and become a first-class drone operator.

Leeds: Futurelabs, 1 Eastgate, Leeds LS2 7LY

Located in the centre of Leeds at Coptrz HQ this independent tech hub was formed to help provide a focal point for scale-up businesses.

Brentwood: Holiday Inn Brentwood M25, Jct.28 l Brook Street Brentwood CM14 5NF

Brighton: Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 9XZ

Northern Ireland: 15 Maryvale Rd, Moira, Craigavon BT67 0PN

 

Further Costs

When dealing with the CAA for applications and renewals, you will incur the following admin chargers:

  • Application: £173
  • Renewal after 12 months: £130
  • Optional OSC application: £1,211
  • OSC renewal: £346

The application form is called an SRG1320 (download from CAA here).

You are also required to take out drone insurance for your business when applying and operating. We recommend using Moonrock Insurance. The cost of this varies depending on the cover you would like. More information is available on their website at www.moonrockinsurance.com.

Reviews
DateScoreReview
03-Mar-2017 Review Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score Icon Great course. Very happy with what I learned, and how enjoyable it was.
03-Mar-2017 Review Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score Icon Pre-reading literature late to arrive leaving little preparation time. What equipment to bring along not made clear.
09-Dec-2016 Review Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score Icon I really enjoyed the training, not only was it something I needed to do rather than wanted, I was also annoyed at the cost but that changed throughout the course and I'm so glad I took the plunge. Great business module and advice from real pilots too, which is a great!
24-Nov-2016 Review Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score Icon Excellent
22-Nov-2016 Review Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score Icon Poor
21-Nov-2016 Review Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score Icon A well constructed course, delivered by profetional people.
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FAQs

FAQ

How long does it take to obtain my PfCO?

The process takes on average 8 weeks from initial pre-course reading through to receiving your PfCO. This timescale depends on a number of factors including amendments needed to your operations manual or whether you need to delay your flight test so that you can train with your drone.
Pre-course reading - 8 hours (estimated)

There is no set time for this as it depends completely on your learning style but we estimate an average of 8 hours pre-course reading. You will be given your pre-course reading material well in advance of your course so you will have plenty of time to prepare.
Ground school (theory course and exam) - 3 days

You will be required to attend 3 days of theory training, with your theory test being held at the end of the 2nd day. On the third day will be a operations manual walkthrough.

Practical flight assessment - 1 Day

Your practical flight test will be held on the 4th day of the course, weather permitting. It is also possible to delay your flight assessment if you feel that you need more time to practise with your drone.

Operations manual review - 5 days

COPTRZ trainers will review the first draft of your operations manual before you submit to the CAA. In most cases there is recommended amendments.
Submission to CAA - 28 days. The CAA's standard turnaround time once they have received your application is 28 days.


Do I need drone insurance before submitting my PfCO?

Yes. The CAA has stipulated that all persons applying for their PfCO or renewing an existing PfCO must have adequate drone insurance in place.

It is a requirement that you submit evidence of your insurance alongside your operations manual when applying for your PfCO.

COPTRZ recommend Moonrock as a comprehensive drone insurance provider.


What if I fail my theory test?

Anyone who attends a COPTRZ CAA Course is eligible for a free same day resit of the theory test if you fail up to 2 out of the 6 modules. COPTRZ trainers will provide you with additional training on your failed modules to ensure that you have the best possible chance of passing.

If you fail the resit you will be required to re-attend the ground school.

During the booking process, there is an option to purchase a COPTRZ CAA Course Guarantee for £99 (Incl. VAT) which gives you the option of a complete course resit or refund if you fail to pass.

What if I fail my practical flight assessment?

Anyone who attends a COPTRZ CAA Course is eligible for a free resit of the practical flight test if you fail in the first instance. It may be possible to do this on the same day or you may have to book on another date if it's evident that you need more practice with your drone.

If you fail the resit you will be required to re-book the flight assessment

During the booking process, there is an option to purchase a COPTRZ CAA Course Guarantee for £99 (Incl. VAT) which gives you the option of a complete course resit or refund if you fail to pass.


I've passed my CAA course. What's the next step?

Once you have completed your COPTRZ CAA Training Course, it's now time to complete your operations manual and submit your first draft to review@coptrz.com. One of our expert trainers will review your ops manual and return it to you with recommended amendments.

After completing your recommended amendments, you are now required to submit your application directly to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). In order for your application to be accepted, you need to provide the following:

Your operations manual (with recommended changes made)
Completed SRG 1320 form
Your theory and flight assessment certificates
Your logbook evidence showing that you have completed at least 2 hours total SUS/SUSA flight time in the last 3 months
A copy of your drone insurance certificate
PfCO fee

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