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    Drone Training in the UK

    New UK drone regulations come into force on the 1st November 2020. As the UK's 1st CAA Recognised Assessment Entity, you will be well placed no matter which course you take with us.

    We have 2 drone courses that will enable you to become a professional drone pilot. The GVC Drone Course (General VLOS Certificate) and the A2 C of C Drone Course (Certificate of Competency).

    Please note: You can apply for a PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operation) from the CAA with a General VLOS Certificate if you do a course before 31st December 2020.

    The new regulations are designed to align with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and build on the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration Scheme (DMARES) in the UK.

    From 31st December 2020 there will be no delineation between Commercial and Non-commercial drone operations and instead follow three basic concepts, based around:

    • the type of operation being conducted;
    • the level of risk;
    • the level of performance.

    All our courses are taught by current commercial drone pilots who are at the top of the industry, flying heavy and super-heavy lift drones. 


    Drone Flight Categories

    From 31st December 2020, drone operations will be broken down into 3 categories which may affect how you want to operate. Knowing which category will be determined by what type of aircraft you wish to fly, what the level of risk is and how close you need to fly to uninvoled people.

    Fly in the Specific Category

    GVC Drone Course

    5 Steps to GVC

    The GVC Drone Course in 5 simple steps

    5 Steps to the GVC Drone Course with UAVHUB

    Getting a General VLOS Certificate is a simple as 5 steps. Click each step below to find out more.

    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.


    A2 CofC


    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
      5 Years
      5 Years
    Valid From
      31st December 2020
    • 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
    • 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.

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