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Flock – How to become a professional drone pilot in the UK

By admin In UAV News

30

Aug
2018

Flock – How to become a professional drone pilot in the UK

Thinking of starting a career in drones? Then look no further! In this post, we walk you through each step to becoming a fully-fledged professional drone pilot.

The potential of the drone industry

It’s a really exciting time to join the industry, with new drone related jobs emerging every day. And the stats back it up, with PwC recently predicting that over 628,000 people will be employed in the ‘drone economy’ by 2030 in the UK.

Before you can join the growing industry as a professional drone pilot (typically referred to as commercial operators), you’ll need to obtain a licence called a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO). This is a legal requirement in the UK, and the licence is awarded by a governing body called the CAA.

To help you on your new journey, we have put together this step by step guide which walks you through each step of getting your PfCO. Let’s dive in!

1. Pick your specialty

Before you start, you need to know what you’re going to do with your business. The drone industry is growing fast and there are a tonne of opportunities out there.

Make sure you know what you want to bring to the market. Are you a wedding photographer? Do you want to specialise in surveillance? Are you interested in 3D mapping?

Know how you’re planning to operate and don’t forget to check out your competition! It’s important that you get a good understanding of what is being offered in your area, and how other commercial drone operators price their services.

2. Find the right flight school

The first step to getting your PfCO is booking onto a training course with a flight school. You’ll often see flight schools referred to as National Qualified Entities (NQEs). The length of the course depends on which NQE you choose, but most are around 2–5 days long.

The first part of your course is known as the Ground Training, which normally consists of a few days of theory learning in a classroom setting. This will be followed by a theory test on flight safety and regulations.

Your NQE will also give you guidance on how to create your Operations Manual. This is a document which you need to submit to the CAA as part of your PfCO application. It includes information about how your future business will operate, along with detailed information on how you will ensure you fly your drone(s) in a safe manner.

We want to help you find a course provider that suits you, and we work closely with several NQEs throughout the country. You can find a list with their location, contact information and course descriptions here.

3. Take your flight assessment

Once you have passed your theory test, it’s time for the flight assessment. You will be tested on your ability to plan for, and safely perform, a drone flight. You will also be asked to demonstrate different manoeuvres as requested by your examiner. Don’t forget it’s a requirement to have insurance for your flight assessment.

Here at Flock, we provide instant insurance for your flight assessment, with prices starting from £5.95. It’s approved by all the NQEs we work with, and we won’t tie you in to any long-term commitments. Find out how to get your cover in just 30 seconds here.

4. Get insured

Once you have passed your flight assessment and completed your Operations Manual, you’re nearly ready to send off your application to the CAA.

Before you do this, you’ll need to take out commercial drone insurance. This is because in the UK, it’s a legal requirement that commercial drone pilots have EC785/2004 compliant insurance when flying. As such, part of your application to the CAA involves submitting a proof of insurance document.

There are a range of drone insurance providers out there, offering a variety of insurance policies with varying degrees of cover and long-term commitments. These range from traditional annual insurance policies, to the ‘pay-as-you-fly’ option that we offer at Flock; with our commercial policies starting from £4.95 a day. It’s worthwhile researching the different options, and finding the insurance that’s right for you.

We’ve worked closely with the CAA to make getting your required proof of insurance document as easy as possible. We call it a Cover Note, and you can find out how to get yours (for free) with just the tap of a button here.

5. Send off your application

Once you have completed your Operations Manual, got your proof-of-insurance document and recommendation from your NQE, you are ready to submit your application. You can do this digitally on the CAA’s customer portal.

The CAA aims to process applications in 10 working days, but this can sometimes take a bit longer depending on volume. As you’re waiting for your licence, make sure you keep practicing. You want to enter the industry as prepared as possible, and as the saying goes- practice makes perfect!

6. Start your new career

When you receive your PfCO, you’re all set to go! You can officially start your career as a commercial drone pilot; advertising your services, earning money, and growing your skills and business.

Have a question?

If you have any questions, you can get in touch with us via the instant chat on our website- www.flockcover.com. If you’d prefer to talk over the phone, you can call us on 01234 480260. We hope you’ve found this guide useful, and we wish you the best of luck on your new journey!

Flock is a London-based, VC and Government backed insurtech startup, who have partnered with Allianz to launch Europe’s first pay-as-you-fly drone insurance app, Flock Cover. The app is free to download on both iOS and Android devices.

Published at Thu, 30 Aug 2018 15:38:10 +0000

{articles|100|campaign}The CUAS Coalition Expands to the UK with Hex Horus

The CUAS Coalition is proud to announce we are expanding to the UK under the leadership of Ryan McCready of Hex Horus as our newest Director of Europe. Global CUAS protections and regulations must be changed in countries who have laws that prevent their use.

The CUAS Coalition has relationships with the US Department of State to help with coordinate security efforts. We provide expertise in regulatory creation to help those countries in need of legislative support to change their laws. We also offer many unique opportunities to become a partner in our US Government network including military and protection departments and agencies. We welcome Ryan on board and a round of applause for our continued growth.

Ryan McCready is the Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Hex Horus Ltd; a specialist agnostic CUAS Defense and Security company based in the United Kingdom.  He is part of the UK’s Aerospace Defence & Security drone platform and counter drone (DPAC) Special Interest Group, who support the CUAS sector and shape legislation and standards.  Ryan is a British Army veteran, of 16 years, achieving Warrant Officer Class 2, enduring operational deployments all across the globe. Deployments included Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Iraq Afghanistan and Ukraine.  He was involved in counter-insurgency operations, police support operations and building partner capacity support, where he saw first-hand the evolution of hybrid warfare tactics and emerging threats, such as the nefarious use of commercial UAS.  Ryan spent years as a forward air controller, more commonly referred to as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) during some of the most kinetic times in Afghanistan, providing Close Air Support (CAS) and airspace management for multi-national forces, including the US Marine Corp MEU, UK’s 16 Air Assault Brigade and other ISAF contributing nations.  

Ryan was awarded the prestigious Accolade of the UK’s Most Outstanding Soldier Award 2011, presented by HRH Prince William and Princess Katherine, for his conduct and efforts on operations in Helmand province Afghanistan; of note, he was wounded in action (WIA).  

More recently in 2017, US (4*) General John Nicholson Jr US FOR-A Commander awarded Ryan NATO’s Meritorious Service Medal for his personal contributions towards CUAS on Operation Resolute Support Afghanistan, in developing CUAS strategic framework, operational support and lifesaving tactics.  Ryan is now an entrepreneur, active in the Defence and Security industry, making the world a safer place to live. He resides in Northern Ireland with his wife and two children.

Published at Thu, 30 Aug 2018 15:32:35 +0000

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