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The examination must be undertaken on a computer, with a webcam. It cannot be undertaken with a tablet/phone.

Unless you hold a PfCO / Operational Authorisation and can provide the relevant documents (see our PfCO to GVC conversion course), everybody needs to undertake the self-monitored practical flight training regardless of flight experience.

We can exempt you from the self-monitored practical flight training provided you can provide ALL of the following:

- Valid PfCO / Operational Authorisation

- NQE/RAE Practical Flight Assessment Certificate

- Flight Logs showing at least 2hrs of flight time in the previous 90 days

You are required to obtain a flyer and operator ID prior to flying your aircraft. The operator ID costs £9 annually. You can obtain both here: https://register-drones.caa.co.uk/individual 

Yes, Coptrz Academy is open to any English-Speaking International Students.

You will need to sign-up for your monthly subscription of £4.97 (including VAT) to continue using the platform.  If you have bought a course within the 30-day free trial period, then you will automatically get a 12-month subscription for free.

If you have not completed your course within the 12-month period then you'll need to start your £4.97 monthly subscription to carry on with your studies.

We have a range of discounts available to members of our partner network. We currently offer the following discounts:

  • THE SOCIETIES OF PHOTOGRAPHERS SAVE £300 OFF A TOTAL PHOTOGRAPHY, MARKETING AND MEDIA BUSINESS STARTER PACKAGE
  • THE PHOTOGRAPHERS NETWORK SAVE 10% OFF YOUR ONLINE GVC COURSE
  • ARMA SAVE 10% OFF ALL TRAINING COURSES
  • FPV UK SAVE 10% OFF YOUR ONLINE GVC COURSE
 

As long as you renew your PfCO every year, you have until 1st January 2024 to complete a GVC conversion course.

The 'open' category is itself subdivided into three sub-categories which can be summarised as follows:

  • A1: fly over people but not over assemblies of people
  • A2: fly close to people
  • A3: fly far from people

Click here for some more information on these sub-categories. 

The flyer is the person who flies the drone or model aircraft. You must pass an online theory test to get a flyer ID. The test is free. We recommend you prepare for this test before you take it.

The operator is the person responsible for managing a drone or model aircraft. This means they’re responsible for things like maintaining it and making sure that anyone who flies it has a flyer ID.

They’re usually the person or organisation that owns the drone or model aircraft, but not always. For example, if you’re younger than 18 and you own a drone or model aircraft, you must ask your parent or guardian to register for an operator ID. You’ll still be able to fly as long as you have a flyer ID.

The operator must make sure that only people with a valid flyer ID use their drone or model aircraft label with their operator ID. You also have to be 18 or over to register for an operator ID. You can use the same operator ID for all your drones and model aircraft.

If you’re responsible for drones or model aircraft, but will not fly them you can register as an operator only.

An operator ID costs just £9 for one year.

to get an operator ID you must be at least 18 years old.

You must be at least 13 years old to get a flyer ID by yourself. If you’re younger, please ask your parent or guardian to help you and read the children and parent guidance.

Unmanned aircraft that are fitted with video cameras often provide an opportunity to downlink ‘live’ video to the remote pilot either via a mobile phone, tablet, computer or other screen or even through video goggles - this capability provides the pilot with a pseudo ‘pilots eye view’ from the UAS itself and is generally given the term ‘First Person view’ (FPV).

The remote pilot must always keep the UAS within their unaided visual line of sight, but FPV may be used, when a spotter is assisting the remote pilot.

Landowners permission is always best to receive in a written form. You would need to obtain this by speaking directly to the landowner, ideally having them confirm via email or text message.

INDUSTRY

As a surveyor it is your role to scope out what tool will suit the job best, drones are just another tool in your toolbox. The first question you should be asking yourself when a request comes in is ‘Can I use a drone for that?’. As a surveyor, you should be making recommendations that don’t compromise on data quality.

There are hundreds of great online webinars, courses and information on using drones for surveying so if you are wanting to access this industry it would be extremely worthwhile to invest some time in training so that you are familiar with the sector. Some of our Drone Service Providers that trained with us went on to work with Survey companies with Skill-swap contracts so the Survey Business could learn more about drone technology and the Drone Operator could learn more about Surveying.

If you are self-disciplined to learning more about the industry you are wanting to work in then you’ll know the lingo, you’ll know more about what the survey company are planning to achieve and you’ll be able to access work.

The short answer is no, not at all. Using drones allows for efficient inspections at speed where you can acquire high-quality data from dangerous environments. Once the initial inspection is conducted such as locating a fault on a wind turbine there will always be the need to send a worker to make the mechanical fix.

Drones can be used for many purposes across the public safety sectors, with many police, fire & search rescue teams using them to locate missing people. Other uses include emergency response, incident surveillance, crime scene reconstruction, heat mapping fires or potentially dangerous environments and searching for suspects.

Using drones allows every inch of every field to be surveyed, greatly reduces the time spent field-walking, produces a high resolution, aerial view of the field allowing you to zoom in to areas of interest without losing clarity – useful for immediate identification and GPS tagging of:

-Weed population

-Poor crop emergence

-Pest damage

-Weather damage

-Standing water

Just to name a few 

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