I have no aviation experience yet – can I become a commercial drone pilot?

Drones can seem like a very exciting thing to inexperienced onlookers. And that’s because they are, even to those that have been in the industry since the beginning. UAVs are state of the art technology, used to explore and uncover new applications and ways of helping the world to run like never before – a pretty incredible prospect. However, if you have absolutely no aviation experience it may seem as if you have no choice but to continue admiring drones from afar, but this isn’t true. At UAVAir, our training course has been tried and tested by hundreds of novice aerialists who are now enjoying an incredible career in this new and innovative industry.

CAA Approved Drone Training
At UAVAir we have extensive experience in the world of aviation, and our team is made up of members with a range of experience flying both manned and unmanned aircraft. Because of this combined wealth of knowledge, even if you don’t have previous flying experience, we can help to teach you everything you need to know in no time at all.

Our Unmanned Aircraft Qualification (UAQ) course is delivered in various locations throughout the UK, ensuring we reach potential drone pilots no matter where they are based. Our course is approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which means that you will be on your way to flying a drone for commercial purposes once the course is completed.

Our Fast-Track drone training takes place in just three days and includes:

  • Distance learning taught online and our Course Study Manual (CSM)
  • Flight training at a ‘ground school’ with a theory test and practical flight assessment.
  • Operations manual development + review (This needs to be completed in order to apply for your PfCO, after you’ve passed the course)
  • Course Study Manual + pilot checklists
  • Telephone support with our experienced Operations team
  • Student support via a dedicated Facebook group
  • On-going support for UAVAir graduates whenever it is needed

And during the two days in the classroom you will learn about the modules covered in the Course Study Manual which include:

  • Air Law
  • Airspace
  • Navigation and Charting
  • Meteorology
  • Principles of Flight (General)
  • Principles of Flight (RPAS)
  • Human Factors and Airmanship
  • Unmanned Aircraft Operations

We understand that there are many things to consider when flying a drone for commercial purposes, and we strive to offer complete support both during and after our training has been completed to make the transition into the industry as smooth and easy as possible.

Just because you have had no prior experience in either flying an aircraft or operating a drone specifically it doesn’t mean that you cannot develop the skills needed to enter the industry altogether.

Don’t just take our word for it - here are some words from a previous candidate of our Fast-Track UAQ course. After three days of training, he passed his ground school exams and flight assessment:

“I attended the Fast-Track UAQ course with more than a little trepidation as the whole aviation sector is new to me. The instructors were very welcoming and I soon felt at home. They were also very knowledgeable and taught the course in a relaxed fashion that aided perfectly to the learning environment. When it came to the exams and flight assessment I felt quite ready, thanks to the Course Study Manual, instructor knowledge, and UAVAir as a whole.” Andy Huggett, September 2016 Brighton Course

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