UK CAA - PfCO to GVC Conversion Course

Held your CAA Permissions in the past, but let them lapse?


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What's the GVC Conversion Course?

With recent changes to the CAA Drone Regulations in the UK, it's now a requirement for anyone looking to operate drones in the Specific Category, to hold their General Visual Line of Sight Certificate...

Otherwise known as the 'GVC'.

This means that EVERYONE looking to operate drones between 0 and 25kgs under an Operational Authorisation, now need to 'upgrade' their qualifications to the UK CAA GVC.

This process normally involves 3 main components:

Theory Learning & Exam

Practical Flight Test

A new CAA Operations Manual


However, we believe that if you have the relevant experience, then you shouldn't have to waste your time going through all these steps again... We worked with the UK CAA, and came up with a simple pathway for operators with previous experience to 'fast-track' their return to flying. So, if you hit some simple criteria, shown below, you can save time and money by only having to complete the Theory Refresher Course and your online Thoery Exam.

We take care of your Operations Manual update, and sign-off on your Flight Test exemption.

A quick, simple and easy route to getting back in the game safely and efficiently!

Why 'upgrade' to the GVC?

1. Get up to date and stay out of trouble!

 

Sure, it might be frustrating having to take another drone course, when you've already got your permissions, and you've been operating safely for years...

But things have changed drastically over the last 18 months, so use this as an opportunity to get bang up to date and stay on the 'good side' of the CAA! πŸš“

2. Bypass the GVC Flight Test and Save Big!

 

The GVC Conversion Course is your golden ticket to skip your CAA flight test. This isn't just a time-saver; it's a significant cost-saving opportunity. Dive straight into the action without the added stress or expenses of a flight assessment, if you hit the required criteria! πŸŽ‰

3. Truly professional, On-Demand Video Learning.

 

There's a reason we've got the best reputation in the drone training world! Our industry-leading course has been meticulously designed to cater for everyone! Refresh your knowledge, discover the latest in drone regulations, and ensure you're always at the top of your game... There's no 'death by powerpoint' here! 😎

4. Expertise from the Forefront of the Drone World.

 

At UAVHub, you're not just learning; you're learning from the best!

 

Led by Matt Williams, an ex-RAF Helicopter Instructor who's also operated drones across the globe, and supported by experts from the drone industry you'll gain insights and knowledge backed by years of real-world experience in both manned and unmanned aviation.🚁

5. Fast-Track Your Conversion.

 

Our conversion course is efficient and to the point. Yes, we have to cover all the CAA mandated topics (so there might be some 'refresher' modules that you looked at in the past...), but, everything has been updated and there's LOTS to learn and brush up on!

 

Dive in, absorb the essentials, and complete your conversion without unnecessary delays. Many of our students finalize their conversion in just a few evenings after work... From enrolling in the course, to passing their online examination!πŸ’ͺ

6. You’ll be joining thousands of satisfied UAVHub students!

 

UAVHub has more than 6,000 5 star reviews on Trustpilot from professional drone pilots all across the world! We were the first company to receive RAE Approval from the UK CAA, and we’ve trained more drone pilots than any other company in the country.

 

When it comes to investing in your education, don’t settle for the rest - learn from the best!πŸŽ“

What do I need to join the Course?

To be eligible to enter the GVC Conversion Course, you must:


βœ… Have held a CAA PfCO or Operational Authorisation in the past
βœ… Have logged 2 Hours of Drone Flying in the 3 months before completing your GVC Conversion Course Theory Examination

In addition, you need to be able to provide copies of:

  • ⭐Your Theory and Practical Training Certificates from your original Training Provider
  • ⭐A copy of your logbook showing 2 hours flying in the last 3 months, and;
  • ⭐A copy of your previously held CAA permissions (PfCO or OA)

 

If you're not able to 'tick all the requirements', you'll need to complete the full GVC Course which you can find HERE.

Your Questions... Answered!

Want to learn more and still got some burning questions?

 

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions about the GVC Conversion Course Here... And if you've got any other questions, just give the Team a shout... We're happy to help!

What's the difference between the PfCO and the GVC?

The PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operations) is the 'old' name for the CAA Permissions, granted to commercial drone pilots in the UK, while the GVC (General Visual Line of Sight Certificate) is the new certification which allows you to apply to the CAA to get your permissions.

What are the prerequisites for me to be eligible for the GVC Conversion Course?

To be eligible to enter the GVC Conversion Course, you must:

βœ… Have held a CAA PfCO or Operational Authorisation in the past
βœ… Have logged 2 Hours of Drone Flying in the 3 months before completing your GVC Conversion Course Theory Examination
βœ… Be able to provide copies of your original Theory and Practical Training Certificates from your original Training Provider, a copy of your logbook showing 2 hours flying in the last 3 months, and a copy of your previously held CAA permissions (PfCO or OA)

 

If you're not able to 'tick all the requirements', then you'll need to complete the full GVC Course which you can find HERE.

Can I enter the GVC Conversion Course if I don't 'hit' all the prerequisite requirements?

The short answer, unfortunately, is no...

 

It's crucial to meet all the prerequisites to ensure a smooth transition and successful completion of the course.

 

If you're unsure about your eligibility, please contact us for guidance; we recognise that every individual situation is different and we're always happy to help! 😊

Can I keep flying under a valid Operational Authorisation if I don't get my GVC?

No.

This was the big change that happened on the 31st December 2023.

Even if your Operational Authorisation is valid beyond this date, you CANNOT operate under PDRA-01 in the Specific Category after the 31st December 2023, if you don't hold a valid GVC.

How long do I have to complete the course when I join?

We don't set time limits on how long you have, to complete your training. At UAVHub; when you purchase your training it's upto you to decide when's best for you to complete the learning and Theory Examination! :)

How long does it take to complete the GVC Conversion Course?

The course is self-paced, and all conducted using our market-leading, on-demand video learning system..

 

In total, there's around 9 hours of training you need to complete before taking the online examination.

 

Most participants complete it within a few days to a week, depending on their prior knowledge and experience, but we've had people enter the training early in the morning, smash through the learning and complete the examination the same day... Although we don't recommend doing it this way, it can be done!

I've heard people talking about 'Tech Logs'. Do I need to submit these when I complete the course?

You don't need to submit them to us in order to be granted your GVC, but you'll need to submit them to the CAA as part of your next permissions renewal.

As we teach inside the course; this has always been a requirement from the CAA... But, like most things; because they've only recently started checking them as part of the renewals process, people have only just started completing them!

This is nothing to worry about - we show you how to do this in the course, and if you have any questions or concerns about this in the future you can always give our Team a shout for some guidance! πŸ˜‰

I've already got my 'PfCO' and CAA Permissions, do I need to do the GVC Conversion Course?

The short answer is YES.

To operate legally under a CAA Operational Authorisation after the 31st December 2023, you must hold a valid GVC... Even if your permissions already extend beyond that date.

Do I need to update my Operations Manual to complete the course and get my GVC?

Yes... But No!

As part of the conversion course, we need to ensure that you have an up-to-date CAA Drone Operations Manual.

Crucially though; we have a custom-built process and system that we've developed in-house, which we use to get your Ops Manual up to the latest standards for you.

We've included this for FREE with the UAVHub GVC Conversion Course, to take away the worry, hassle and stress of getting this done! πŸ’ͺ

What's included when you join?

INCLUDED: 1 x GVC Conversion Course

 

The CAA GVC is the 'top-end' drone certification that will let you fly any drone weighing upto 25Kg in the Specific Category. With this qualification, you can apply to the CAA to gain an 'Operational Authorisation', which then allows you to fly you larger drones in built up areas such as parks & cities.

 

Our market leading, on-demand video learning course will help you achieve 3 main things:

  1. Pass your GVC as quickly and efficiently as possible - so you can get out & fly your drone more!
  2. Make you a safer and more responsible member of the drone community!
  3. Allow you to apply to the CAA for your 'Operational Authorisation' so you can fly larger drones, in more places!


What's included in the GVC Conversion Course?

 

βœ… 8 + Hours Of High Quality Video Lessons from the World's leading Drone Instructor

βœ… An Online Theory Examination available 24/7/365

βœ… Free Theory Exam Resit if you don't pass first time (We've got a 99.9% first-time pass rate!)

βœ… FREE Operations Manual Update (worth Β£149!)

βœ… Unlimited Mock Examinations

βœ… Unlimited Support Via Phone & Live Chat

βœ… Access To Our Private Facebook Group

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