To fly a drone or unmanned aircraft of any weight classification in UK airspace for commercial purposes, all drone operators must hold an 'Operational Authorisation', formerly known as a 'Permission for Commercial Operations' - PFCO or the newly announced 'General Visual Line of Sight Certificate' - GVC.
In addition to this, commercial drone operators are required to complete the 'A2 Certificate of Competency' - A2 CofC, to abide by the newly announced changes to drone weight class regulations in 2021.
All of the above are commercial authorisations issued by the Civil Aviation Authority and it outlines what drone flights and operations each commercial operator can legally carry out, in accordance with their Operations Manual.
When employing or hiring the services of a drone operator, it is critical that you check that they are registered and licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority. This is more than just a piece of paper; This document proves that the pilot has undergone the necessary examinations RPQ-s or BNUCs (written and practical exams) along with a comprehensive operations manual, which meets the CAA standards and outlines what work the drone operator can legally undertake and their flight limits.
The Civil Aviation Authority publish a list of certified drone companies. Before employing the services of any drone operator, make sure the CAA have approved them and are on this list:CAA Certified Drone Operators
We take drone safety extremely seriously by holding public liability cover at £10m. Our insurance documents are available to view and download from here.