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Commercial UAV Academy

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Commercial UAV Academy
07841 640 976
Alan Perrin
Hangar M,
Denham Aerodrome,

About Commercial UAV Academy

Commercial UAV Academy (CUAVA) is a UAV ground school and flight school that helps drone operators achieve the qualifications they need to operate professionally. CUAVA was set up by experienced drone operators to meet the demand for well-trained, legally compliant commercial pilots.

caa_logoCUAVA is a full National Qualified Entity (NQE) – that means we’re a drone school approved to run courses for the Civil Aviation Authority. The CAA requires anyone wishing to operate a UAV for commercial gain to hold the CAP-C certificate or its equivalent before applying for Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO).

We provide intensive two-day UAV ground school courses, as well as in-house training, delivering the training and assessment required to achieve a CAA NQE Recommendation Certificate. We’ll train you for the exam and will review and approve your operations manual post-course. Once this is complete, we’ll then assess your practical flying skills through a flight test at our private airfield at a later date.

CUAVA instructors are also seasoned professional pilots, with a wealth of commercial experience – both on the ground and in the air – to pass on to our students.

Commercial UAV Academy’s UAV pilot training courses are the best way to get your career as a commercial drone pilot off to a flying start.

We’ll equip you with the knowledge you need to gain the CAA-NQE Recommendation Certificate and legally pilot a UAV on a commercial basis.

At the same time, you’ll be gaining invaluable industry insight from some of the most experienced UAV operators in the business.

With a range of course options, you can rely on us to help get your flying career off the ground.

Why do I need a CAA Recommendation Certificate?
Under UK Aviation Law, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) requires anyone wishing to pilot a drone or UAV for reward or commercial gain to apply for a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO).

Even if you have permission from the land or property owner, without a PfCO you can be prosecuted. With drone use increasing rapidly, the CAA and police are cracking down on unlicensed commercial use by actively pursuing prosecutions.

But in order to apply for a PfCO, you first need to obtain a recognised qualification demonstrating your competence.

CUAVA is a Full National Qualified Entity (NQE), which means our syllabus and courses have been approved by the CAA. The NQE Recommendation certificate is the UAV pilot qualification standard required by the CAA to apply for a PfCO.

You can apply for a PfCO upto 20kg for multi-rotor or fixed-wing aircraft.

At the end of the course, you’ll sit a multiple-choice exam to test your knowledge. After your course, you are required to create a written-operations manual and submit it to us for assessment.

For those who have booked our PFCO course, we have a Fast-track Operations Manual service, where we will provide an Operations Manual template specifically for your organisation, all to current CAA standards.

Once your manual has been approved or you have chosen the Fast-track Operations Manual option, we’ll arrange a practical flight assessment at either of our private airfields, where we will test your procedures and the capabilities of your aircraft.

After passing your practical flight assessment, if you choose, we will process and submit your PfCO application to the CAA on your behalf.
Please note: you will need to have proof of insurance, and the only additional cost will be the application price of your PfCO to the CAA.

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