Run in partnership the Great Circle, our Commercial UAV Pilot training programmes for Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) are designed to support individuals, companies and National Regulatory Authorities who wish to embrace the requirements set out by the UK CAA for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). Flight crew competence, airmanship, legal & regulatory awareness are key components of our training syllabi.
Our Unmanned Aviator Certificate of Expertise (UACE) course provides a recognised qualification for those wishing to do Visual Line Of Sight (VLOS) or Extended-VLOS(E-VLOS) Aerial Work. It is specifically targeted at RPAS whose Maximum Take-Off Mass does not exceed 20kg.
The UK CAA has identified 2 critical elements which, when taken together, constitute acceptable evidence of pilot competency. Our UACE Pilot qualification is granted on successful completion of our 2 part programme:
Having successfully completed Parts 1 & 2, the applicant will be granted a UACE by The Great Circle NQE. The Permission applicant is then able to apply through The Great Circle NQE or directly to the CAA for the grant of a CAA Permission that will allow aerial work (flights for commercial purposes).
The Civic Drone Centre/Great Circle UAV Course Venues:
Harrogate, North Yorkshire: UACE Theoretical Knowledge
Bolton Hall, Leyburn: UACE Flight Assessment & Flight Training
Heathrow, London: UACE Theoretical Knowledge
University of Central Lancashire, Preston: UACE Theoretical Knowledge, Design, Build & Maintenance
Lancashire Fire & Rescue Services, Chorley: UACE Flight Assessment & Flight Training