In order to gain your PFCO (Permission for commercial operation) the following needs to be completed;
Proof of theoretical knowledge – Attend one of our CAA approved NQE ( National Qualified Entity) ground schools and pass a theory exam. There are alternative methods to prove theoretical knowledge such as a PPL (Private Pilots Licence)
Operations Manual – This is the document that sets out how you are going to conduct your business safely, detailing your operating procedures, safety measures and more. You are guided through this process with UAV Trade Craft. On our 5 day Fast Track course we aim to complete this on site by day 4, on our 3 day courses you are introduced to the Operations Manual to complete this from home with support via email and phone.
Flight Test – You are assessed against your operations manual using your drone, this is as much a test of your operating procedures as your flying skills.
Submitting your application to the CAA – with the above completed you are ready to submit the application to the CAA, the application process is now online. To accompany your application you need the following;
- Recommendation certificates from UAV TradeCraft, and any other supporting documents.
- at least 2 hours logged flights in the last 3 months for each pilot named.
- The Fee
- Valid Insurance (must conform to the CAA requirements and be valid from the time of the application)
- Operations manual as a PDF