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    Drone Training in the UK

    New drone regulations come into force in the UK on the 31st December 2020 (postponed from the planned implementation date of 1st July 2020 due to the global pandemic).

    As the very first company to receive Recognised Assessment Entity (RAE) status from the CAA and the Highest Rated drone training company in the UK, UAVHub is the one stop shop for all your drone training needs!  

    We have a number of training courses which enable all drone and model aircraft pilots in the UK to get the most out of their gear, whatever type of unmanned flying you enjoy.

    Whether you're a recreational drone pilot; you fly for fun and want to take advantage of the CAA's new A2 Certificate of Competency...

    Or you're looking to get serious and become one of the UK's leading Professional Drone Operators with your GVC qualification; our expert training team are here to help you take your drone flying to the next level!

    The new regulations being introduced into the UK can seem a little confusing and 'tricky' to understand at first glance but that's what we're here for...

    To guide you through the minefield and help you fly safely and legally whilst enjoying this amazing opportunity!

    When you join the UAVHub family, our expert team will cut through the jargon and teach you everything you need to know and more.

    For added peace of mind in this fast-changing industry, when you join one of our e-learning courses, we even make sure you don't get caught out in the future by providing:

    • Unlimited, 'lifetime' access to e-Learning material (no 12 month cut-off here!)
    • Constant updates to e-learning modules (when the rules change, your learning will be updated)
    • Access to our private Facebook Group
    • Access to our private UAVHub Pilot's Lounge Forum
    • Direct access to our Expert Training Team to answer any questions you may have

     

    Drone Flight Categories

    From 31st December 2020, when the 'new' rules start in the UK, drone flying will be broken down into 3 categories.

    Knowing which category you'll be flying your drone in is really important and depends on the level of risk involved with each flight... Essentially, it's broken down into the weight of your drone and how far you'll be staying away from people who aren't involved in your flying. 

    The heavier the drone & the closer you want to get to 'uninvolved' people, the higher the risk... So, the more rigorous your training and qualifications need to be!

    If you're flying a small drone far away from people - you might not need any qualifications at all... Want to get closer to people or fly something heavier or more complex? Then you'll need one of the new CAA qualifications. 

    You can find more detail on the categories below but if you have any questions just give the team a shout!

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    GVC Drone Course

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    Fly in the Open Category

    A2 C of C Drone Course

    The A2 Certificate of Competency is a new qualification that is being introduced from the 31st December 2020 to allow you to fly certain aircraft within a new set of regulation categories, regardless if you want to fly commercially or for a hobby.

    The A2 subcategory will allow you to ‘fly closer to people’ if you hold an A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 CofC) in the UK and are flying a C2 class aircraft or if your aircraft is less than 2 kg MTOM (maximum take-off mass).

    You will be required to learn a set syllabus and then sit a 30 question closed book examination which you will have a minimum of 75 minutes to complete.

    There is no practical flight test or operations manual required as part of the course, however, the student will need to have completed a period of practical flight training, either under the guidance of an RAE (like UAVHUB) or under self-monitored circumstances.

     

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    A2 CofC vs GVC - What's the difference?

    We've broken down the A2 CofC and GVC into a comparrison table so you can make the best decision based on your requirements.

    Category

    A2 CofC

    GVC

    Training Requirements
    • Theoretical learning
      • 2.5+ hours of E-Learning
    • Theoretical exam
    • Self-guided practical flight training
    • Theoretical learning
      • 6+ hours of E-Learning
    • Theoretical exam
    • Practical Flight Examination
      • assessed by the RAE
    • Operations Manual
    CAA Fees
    • £0
    • Initial application for Operational Auhtorisation: £253
    • Annual renewal of Operational Authorisation: £190
    Permitted SUA
    • A1 Transitional (until 1st January 2023)
      • 'Legacy' Aircraft between 250g - 500g flying weight
    • A2 Transitional (until 1st January 2023)
      • 'Legacy' Aircraft between 500g - 2kg flying weight
    • C2 Aircraft
    • All Aircraft between 0 - 20kg (until 31st December 2020)
    • All Aircraft between 0 - 25kg (after 31st December 2020)
    Use for Commercial Gain
      Yes
      Yes
    Validity
      5 Years
      5 Years
    Valid From
      31st December 2020
      Today
    Pros
    • No additional costs
    • No Operations Manual
    • No yearly renewals
    • No Flight Assessment
    • Reduced separation distances
      • A1 Transitional: No intentional overflight of uninvolved people
      • A2 Transitional: 50 metres from uninvolved people
      • C2 Aircraft: 30 metres from uninvoled people in normal speed mode
        • 5 metres from uninvolved people in a low speed mode
    • Available to use now
    • Bolt-on modules available
      • from 31st December 2020 for EVLOS/BVLOS
    • Fly any aircraft between 0-25kg beyond 1st January 2023
    • Widely recognised qualification
    • Suitable for people flying larger and heavier aircraft
    Cons
    • Not available to use until 31st December 2020
    • Limited to 'small' aircraft
    • Not currently widely recognised
    • No C2 aircraft on the market (yet)
    • Requires yearly renewals with the CAA
    • Requires maintaining an Operations Manual
    • Audited by the CAA
    • Longer training pathway
    Who's it suited for
    • People who fly 'small and light' aircraft
    • Wedding photographers
    • Roof inspectors
    • Small corporate video production
    • Hobbyists who want more freedom to operate 'closer' to people
    • People with 'large and heavy' aircraft
    • Professional Drone Pilots
    • High End Film Productions
    • Industrial Inspections
    • Land Surveyors

    Designed by Aviators

    Bringing the highest standards of Military Flying Training to the Small Unmanned Aircraft Industry

    The ICARUS drone training courses have been developed by Aviators who have not only flown in the unmanned ‘drone’ sector but who have taught people to fly manned aircraft all over the world at the very highest levels.

    Particularly with recent events in mind, this deep understanding of how both can work safely together is an important message to pass on, and we take great pride in the fact that our ICARUS Students are so well prepared that many go on to operate within controlled airspace, in and around very busy Airports within weeks of gaining their PfCO; safely, legally and confidently.

    Ex-Royal Air Force Helicopter Instructor and Combat Veteran, Matt Williams (Mr MPW) designed the original version of the ICARUS drone course in 2015 and has flown full-sized Helicopters and Drones all over the world for the Military, Film and TV.

    The ICARUS team is supported by a multitude of Flight Instructors and Examiners who regularly fly on Film and TV sets as well as being experts in the field of Industrial Inspections.

    Get in touch

    Want more information about our Drone Courses or have a question that we haven’t answered?

    If you'd like to get in touch, either give us a call, start a live chat with us or feel free to complete the form below and one of the team will contact you as soon as we can, to help with your enquiry!


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