Drone Ground School Course | CAA Approved | Barnard Castle

Course Details

Once you book onto the Drone Ground School course you will be provided with a pre-study pack. This is to help prepare you for the course and to help you get the most out of the 2 days tuition. The course starts with this pre-study phase and ends with your application to the PfCO with the UK CAA.

There are also some optional flight coaching sessions which you are recommended to take part in, especially if you are new to flying drones.

Here’s what you will cover over your 2 days training:

  • Complete your pre-study (6 elements)
  • Complete the 2-day ground school
  • Prepare your Operations Manual
  • Obtain Insurance
  • Complete your Flight Assessment
  • Submit your application to the CAA

Course Contents

The first two days of the course will cover the following topics which have been laid out by the CAA:

  • UAS Airspace Operating Principles
  • Airmanship and Aviation Safety
  • Air Law and Responsibilities
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation Charts
  • Human Factors
  • Aircraft Knowledge
  • Operating Procedures

At the end of day one, you will carry out an examination which meets all of the CAA assessment criteria. This is a closed book multiple choice exam. This is then followed by a Flight Planning Assessment (this is outside of the CAA’s syllabus, however, it will give you a practical test and first-hand planning experience for a real commercial operation).

Day 2

On the second day of the course you will get to put the skills and knowledge that you have learnt into practice. You will complete a more practical based agenda. Weather permitting you will also have more time for some flight coaching.

The agenda for day three consists of:

  • Operations Manual Status Review
    • Template Run Through
    • Pre-Requisite for the Practical Flight Assessment
  • Safe Set Up Demonstration
  • Flying Skills Evaluation and Coaching
  • Question and Answer Session

You will be given the results of your ground school exam and feedback from the Flight Planning Assessment at the beginning of the day. If you have not met the 75% pass mark of the CAA’s requirement you will have the opportunity to re-sit the ground school exam later this day.

What’s Included in the Course Fees?

The course price includes the ground school, exam, flight reference card templates, operations manual template, forms templates and flight assessment.


Submission to CAA

Once all of the Ground School requirements have been met (you have your practical flight assessment and obtained insurance) DronePartners will review your operations manual and then provide you with a recommendation certificate to support your application to the CAA.

The application to the CAA is made using an SRG 1320 – see the CAA’s website. The turnaround time on these applications is usually within 28 days.

Insurance and the fee payable to the CAA for your PfCO are additional costs.

What will I achieve after taking this course?
On successful completion of the DronePartners Drone Ground School course, you will receive a Certificate of Recommendation to support your application to the CAA.

Bring Your Own Drone or Use one of Ours

If you have your own drone then bring it along with you to use on the course. DronePartners have direct experience of operating a wide variety of drones including :

  • DJI
  • Zenith
  • Falcon 8
  • QuestUAV

You are also welcome to use DronePartners drone however it is always good to use your own equipment where possible as this is what you will be using outside of the course.

Essential Reading

You will be sent a Pre-study pack of reading material that you should complete before the course. This will help to enhance your whole experience and help you to get the best out of the 3 days tuition.

DronePartners Drone Ground School Course held in Barnard Castle, County Durham.

This Drone course is great for anyone who is getting started with Drones. Whether you are starting a business or want to incorporate drones into your existing skills set, this course will give you the skills and knowledge that you need to support you in your application to the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) for your PfCO licence.

The course is held over 2 days and is mostly classroom-based with a number of practical elements. The Drone course covers all of the three key elements that are set out by the  UK CAA.

  1. Practical Flight Planning
  2. Flight Coaching
  3. Safe Set up and Demonstration

This drone course will give you the confidence that you need for a successful application.