Virtual Learning

Online  |  Fully Supported  |  On-Demand

Simple. Purchase your course in under 60 seconds with instant access.

Flexible. On-demand learning; start, pause, resume and complete at your own pace.

Supported. Unlimited, on-demand support from your instructors whenever you need them.

Accessible. 12 months continuing course access.

Exams. On-demand 24/7/365 with free retakes.

SpLD. Additional support available for students with Specific Learning Difficulties.

Operations Manual

 Fast  |  Automated  |  Simple

Tech. We created an automated system to create your operations manual automatically.

Simple. Create your fully compliant operations manual in around 30 minutes - no Word templates required.

Smart. Our systems knows what information it needs from you and takes care of everything else.

Easy. Use the browser-based interface to enter your details and information, then click "Create My Doc".

Fast. Your manual arrives with you in under 30 seconds, fully complete and expertly formatted.

Practical Flight Test

On-Demand  |  1-on-1  |  Nationwide

Accessible. Select a local examiner from our nationwide network of flight assessment locations.

1-on-1. All our flight tests are conducted individually, 1-on-1 to give you focussed attention.

On-demand. Select your test date and time with weekday and weekend availability.

Safe. Our test locations comply with all health & safety standards with full covid preventative measures.

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New for 2022

Full CAA GVC Course

£573.76

99.6%

First time pass rate

14 Day

Refund guarantee

5 Years

Certification validity

About this course

This is a combined course, awarding both the General VLOS Certificate (GVC) and the A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 CofC)

The GVC

The GVC is a pilot competency course designed to provide you with everything you need to obtain an Operational Authorisation (OA) from the CAA. It consists of some online study, an exam conducted under formal conditions, the creation of an operations manual, and finally a practical flight test. Once you've completed the course, you're awarded both the GVC and A2 CofC (our courses are modular!) and you can then use your shiny new certificate to apply to the CAA.

Having a GVC brings a lot of flexibility and professionalism to your drone operations. You learn about flight operations, meteorology (the weather), flight performance, as well as the practicalities of planning and conducting safe and legal drone flights. Depending on your circumstances, the course can be finished in as little as a week, however most students complete it over the course of 4 to 6 weeks on a part time basis.

The theory part of the course is completed online via our virtual learning environment; super easy to use and navigate and there are lots of quizzes and knowledge checks to keep you on track. Once you're ready, the exam is online and on-demand 24/7/365 (literally!). You'll connect with a proctor (a human being) who'll help you get set up and ready. The exam is multiple choice and covers the same areas as the knowledge checks. Because of the way our courses are structured we have a near 100% first time pass rate, however if you happened to have a bad day we provide you with some additional support and retakes of the exam are always free.

With the exam complete you'll be able to log in to Flight Docs, our very own automated system for creating your operations manual. It takes around 30 minutes, after which you'll have a full compliant and formatted document sitting in your inbox. The final step is your practical flight test.

We have a network of flight examiners across the whole of the UK from which you can choose the one closest and most convenient to you. We also provide you with the details of how the flight test is performed right at the start of your course so you can practice whilst you study. The test itself consists of planning for the flight, setting up, completing the various manoeuvres, responding to simulated emergencies and closing your operation down. It may seem a little daunting but we guide you every step of the way.

The A2 CofC

The A2 Certificate of Competence (A2 CofC) was introduced as a way to provide greater freedoms to drone pilots of lightweight drones who complete some introductory training. It consists of three study modules, completed online, followed by a formal exam taken under exam conditions. The average time to complete the A2 course can range between 1 and 3 days, depending on the student.

What the A2 CofC allows you to do can appear a bit complicated if you're new to the subject. Basically there is a limited "transitional period" during which you can fly what the CAA calls "legacy drones" with reduced separation distances from people, and there is a "continuing period" where you can fly the new "class marked" drones with reduced separation distances from people.

 

From 31st December 2022 all drones on sale in the UK (and Europe) must be compliant with the new class marking system. This would mean they have been designed and manufactured to meet certain safety standards. A legacy drone is a drone that doesn't have one of the new class markings. The problem is that manufacturers aren't producing any class marked drones. During a podcast in August 2021, AV8's CEO Jon Anderson asked the then CEO of Autel what their plans were to start offering class marked drones; Autel's CEO wasn't aware of any. DJI have tried to convince the UK CAA and EASA to retrospectively recognise their existing product range under the class marking system, but have so far not been successful.

If you have an A2 CofC today, you're allowed to fly your lightweight legacy drone (under 2kg) within congested and built up areas and to within 50m of people (horizontally), however this privilege expires on the 31st December 2022. After this date, regardless of whether you have an A2 CofC, all legacy drones weighing 250g or more can only be flown in the A3 (far from people) subcategory. This means that you can't fly in congested or built up areas and there can't be anyone in the general area you're flying in.

For this reason we're exercising caution in recommending the A2 CofC to both recreational and commercial drone pilots until its future is a little clearer.

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AV8 has put together an excellent GVC training package, which provides ample knowledge and skills to get up and running as a professional drone operator.

Jon Heald

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Well designed course and content, being able to carry out training virtually at your own pace and in your own time makes this a no brainer.

Paul

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A well run and thought out course. I have no hesitation in giving this the maximum score because it was simply excellent from start to finish. Many Thanks!

Mark Giddings

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Fly Anywhere

Where drones aren't prohibited

25KG

Max drone weight

50m Bubble

Between your drone and people

Our multi award-winning GVC.

Our 2022 certified GVC course was created to give you everything you need to access the £42bn UK drone industry and become a successful operator.

£573.76

FEATURES

Online, on-demand and designed for you. We've used a combination of nearly a century of aviation training expertise, combined with some amazing technology, to create an engaging and rewarding learning process that's fully supported.

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If you're brand new to drones, then the full GVC course is for you. Designed for anyone, regardless of previous experience or learning style, we give you everything you need to achieve your GVC.

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Full GVC Course

£573.76
Was £675.00 (15% off)

Upgrade your legacy PfCO to the full GVC the easy way. 100% online, no flight test requirement and all your operations manual updates are provided. A2 CofC is also included as standard.

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PfCO Upgrade Course

£318.76
Was £375.00 (15% off)

Exclusively for graduates of AV8's A2 CofC course! We designed the A2 and GVC courses to fit hand-in-glove; this means you can progress to the GVC without repeating any content.

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GVC Modular Course

£498.76
Was £599.00 (17% off)

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Online Learning

Completed online via our virtual learning environment; super easy to use and navigate and there are lots of quizzes and knowledge checks to keep you on track. Once you're ready, the exam is online and on-demand 24/7/365 (literally!). You'll connect with a proctor (a human being) who'll help you get set up and ready. The exam is multiple choice and covers the same areas as the knowledge checks. Because of the way our courses are structured we have a near 100% first time pass rate, however if you happened to have a bad day we provide you with some additional support and retakes of the exam are always free.

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Operations Manual

With the exam complete you'll be able to log in to Flight Docs, our very own automated system for creating your operations manual. It takes around 30 minutes, after which you'll have a full compliant and formatted document sitting in your inbox

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Practical Flight Test

We have a network of flight examiners across the whole of the UK from which you can choose the one closest and most convenient to you. We also provide you with the details of how the flight test is performed right at the start of your course so you can practice whilst you study. The test itself consists of planning for the flight, setting up, completing the various manoeuvres, responding to simulated emergencies and closing your operation down. It may seem a little daunting but we guide you every step of the way.

What's the value of a GVC?

A GVC is the gold standard for professional drone operations. With it, you have everything you need to access the UK's estimated £42bn drone industry. The GVC provides you with a huge amount of freedom in where you can fly, which means you're able to utilise drones in the places your clients need them. Once you have your GVC, you can apply to the CAA for an Operational Authorisation. This is a special permission that allows you to fly drones up to 25kg within congested and built up areas, and to within 50m horizontally from the general public (referred to as "uninvolved people"). 

How does AV8's GVC course work?

The GVC comprises 3 distinct phases, completed one after the other: online learning, operations manual, and practical flight test.

Find out more about each phase below