It is a great time to join the drone industry as a result of the fact that there are a lot of drone-related jobs that are being developed every day. And, one of the best ways to join the drone industry is by becoming a drone pilot. But in order to become a drone pilot, you will need to go for a drone pilot training. If you want to be a drone pilot, it is essential for you to undergo the proper training in air law and safe operations of your UAS.
It is also important for you to build and operation manual and undertakes a flight test to apply for permission to fly your drone in the UK. The flight test is used to get permission from the CAA to fly drones in the UK. The first step that you should take if you are trying to become a drone pilot is to enroll in a training course in a reputable and reliable flight school. The duration of your pilot flight training depends on the specialty that you choose and the flight school.
The first part of the drone training course is often referred to as the Ground Training which often involves about two days of theory learning in a classroom setting. During the ground training part of your drone training, you will be taught the important air laws, safety measures and how the weather affects drone flight. After the ground training, you will be asked to undertake a theory exam to test your knowledge on what you have learned. However, in recent years, a lot of drone training schools have decided to allow people to take the theoretical aspects of their training from the comfort of their house through the internet.
Some drone training school will also provide people with guidance on how to develop their operations manual. This is one of the documents that the CAA will ask for when you are applying for permission to fly your drone in the UK. The operations manual will contain details of the procedures that you will follow whenever you want to fly your drone and the safety measures that you will use in case of emergencies.
Drone pilot training will enable you to be able to manage your drone in the occasion of a GPS failure. This aspect of drone training will require you to invest time to build your skills. It is not very important for drone pilots to have very advanced flying skills since most companies are often looking for very professional drone pilots that are properly trained and have the skills to achieve their mission in a secure manner.
Although drone training is very essential if you want to apply for permission to fly your drone in the UK, you do not need a drone license if you want to fly the drone as a hobby and you follow the CAA regulations. But if you are a commercial operator and you are using your drone for profit and business purposes, you will need a drone license (which is also known as PfCO) from an approved CAA operator. The drone license is also referred to as PfCO (Permissions for Commercial Operations). The CAA will grant you permission after you have successfully completed your drone training and passed your practical and theory tests. The CAA operator will also ask for your Operation Manual.
The CAA has also announced that drones that weigh 20kg or less do not need a drone license from them because most drones in this category are often used for fun and as a hobby. However, these drones are also prohibited from reaching an altitude greater than 400 feet or farther than 500 meters horizontally from the person operating the drone. In order for you to be able to successfully register yourself as a drone pilot to the CAA, you must fulfill the following requirements.
- Pass your ground training which often involves about two days of theory learning in a classroom setting where you will be taught the important air laws, safety measures and how the weather affects drone flight. After this training, you will be required to pass the theory exam. The applicant will be required to present the result of his or her ground training theory exam.
- Pass your drone flight assessment training in front of an official CAA operator.
- Submit your Operations Manual.
- Get insurance.
- Submit your application to the CAA.
However, in recent years, a lot of drone training schools have decided to allow people to take the theoretical aspects of their training from the comfort of their house through the internet. And in April 2018, the Civil Aviation Authority announced that an online portal has been created for applicants to apply for their PfCO. It has also been proposed that applicants should be able to take the theory aspect of their drone training test from the comfort of their home through the internet.
It has also been announced that drone operators in the UK will now be able to sit for online safety tests to get permission to fly their drone in the UK. But if their drone weighs more than 250g, they are also required to register with the CAA. This safety test will cover aspects like safety, security and privacy regulations.