Heliguy has been granted Recognised Assessment Entity status from the Civil Aviation Authority.
The permission means that Heliguy will be able to deliver A2 CofC and GVC drone training courses, as part of new European rules coming to the UK in July.
The firm will be delivering these courses through its new online drone training portal – Heliguy Blackbox – as well as at its traditional UK Ground School venues.
These new qualifications will be introduced as part of European regulations starting in the UK in July and will apply to many pilots across the drone industry.
Heliguy’s head of training, Ben Shirley, said: “We are delighted to have been granted RAE status by the CAA, as this will allow us to continue our renowned training provision under the new regulations.”
Adding: “The PfCO is to become legacy terminology and will be replaced by an Operational Authorisation, and as part of the new rules, many drone operators in the UK will need either an A2 CofC or GVC to realise the true potential of their aircraft. These new training standards will allow pilots to profit from their drone and, in some cases, grant more freedom than current permissions.
“Over the years, we have built a fine reputation for our PfCO delivery and we are relishing the chance of evolving this into the A2 CofC and GVC training courses. To expand our training provision, we have launched Heliguy Blackbox to take our esteemed learning online and give candidates the chance to become a qualified drone pilot remotely.”
Concluding: “It is an exciting time for the Heliguy training team and the drone industry as a whole.”
Heliguy went on to outline what how the GVC is a fairly similar course to Heliguy’s current PfCO training.
It explained that under the new rules, the PfCO will be replaced by an Operational Authorisation.
This means the GVC course is aimed at the majority of enterprise drone users who are flying aircraft such as the DJI M200 Series.
The North East-based company added that, as a side note, while the term PfCO will end when the new regulations start, pilots who have a valid PfCO come July 1, 2020, will still be able to operate under these permissions, which will convert over to an Operational Authorisation.
In contrast, the A2 CofC is geared more towards recreational users and some professional pilots who are operating aircraft such as the DJI Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom, the Phantom series, or the Mavic Mini.