EXCLUSIVE: UK-based drone training provider introduces new online PfCO course


Uplift Drones, a UK-based drone training provider, has launched a new PfCO course that can be taken completely online.

The Online PfCO is an all-inclusive, CAA approved drone training course that leads to the student’s NQE recommendation for the Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO).

The course has been created by an expert training team of commercial drone operators and manned pilots.

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It exceeds the CAA recommended syllabus delivered by an advanced Learning Management System (LMS) that tracks a student’s progress through each module and is accessible on multiple devices including tablet, Apple Mac and PC.

The e-course material is made of comprehensive written information and packed with interactive content, videos and activities to test student’s knowledge along the way.

On the benefits of offering an online course, Matthew Lee, director at Uplift Drones, said: “The advantage for Uplift is that it allows us to accurately assess the student’s progression through the course and topics, and therefore deliver better training. You can now receive training from a team of experts rather than just one or two instructors in a classroom.

He went on to say: “We admit, there is nothing quite like being in a classroom with an instructor but for some people the convenience this online format offers is the driving factor for them and their business. For the student, the course can now be run to suit their timetable around work and home commitments.”

Watch the course introductory video from Uplift Drones here:

With 24/7 accessibility, the new offering enables students to have the freedom to learn at their own pace, in their own time.

Lee said: “Our classroom-based course can take you out of the office for 3 or 4 days at a time, so the cost to the small business coupled with travel and accommodation costs can be significant. With the online format this is massively reduced, with a half-day in total being the only attendance requirement to complete the written theory examination and practical flight assessment.”

Created for individual and group training, the Online PfCO can be purchased as a standalone course, or for multiple commercial team members.

Lee continued: “The online course is the ideal solution not only for people or companies new to drone operations, but also for companies who may already have a PfCO and are looking train extra remote pilots cost-effectively and safely.

“E-learning is a high quality training option whatever regulatory framework is in place. The Uplift Drones Online PfCO course is continuously updated to reflect the latest UK rules and regulations, and with continued access, all you need to do is log in to keep yourself up to date.”

The company director went on to describe the new course in more depth, he said: “The Uplift Drones’ Online PfCO course meets and exceeds all the elements of the CAA PfCO syllabus from CAP 722. The course has had input from commercial drone pilots working in the industry including an ex-military drone pilot, airline pilot and extremely experienced OSC Vol 3 holder so we believe it provides the very best foundation to your career. You will receive access to the online system for 12 months when you book the course, so keeping your knowledge up to date after you have passed the course is only a login away.”

Additionally, the Online PfCO includes the student’s Theory Examination, Practical Flight Assessment, Operations Manual Template, Guidance & Review, plus telephone support from experienced trainers for the duration of the course and beyond.

Uplift Drones is hoping the new online course, offered alongside its classroom based programmes, will appeal to larger organisations too.

Lee said: “The online format is great for larger organisations who are looking to, or already have, a refresher training requirement for their remote pilots or managers, as part of a training and safety management system.

He added: “Employees can be tasked to work though all, or part of, the PfCO course at whatever interval is required. We think this requirement will grow as the industry develops and becomes more established, with large operators seeking to do everything they can to reduce risk and liability.”

The new online course will be offered alongside a number of other programmes by Uplift which include a 2-day fast track PfCO with an instructor led ground school, a 3-day Advanced PfCO with 3 hours of practical flight training added to the 2-day course, a 2-day Drone Mapping course learning to use software such as Pix4Dmapper and its Operating Safety Case 1-day workshop on how to obtain OSC Vol 3 approval from the CAA.

Find out more information about the course on Uplift Drones’ website.

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