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Santa Claus chooses AV8 Flight School for drone training.

AV8 Flight School is delighted to congratulate Santa Claus, their latest student to be awarded an A2 Certificate of Competence (A2 CofC) in anticipation of the new UK drone laws that come into effect on the 31st December 2020.

Speaking at a recent event, Mr Claus commented "Living and working at the North Pole, it's tough to travel, so AV8 were the obvious choice. I wanted to do it online as work's really hectic at the moment; with AV8 I could study whenever I wanted, even the exam was on-demand".

Mr Claus intends to use his new certification as part of Project Skydrop, an experimental initiative to deliver Christmas gifts using lightweight drones from 2021 onwards.

An Elf close to the project said "86% of Santa's gifts weigh less than 5kg, and with the Big Guy's Christmas magic, we figure we can get that down to about 18 grams during the final delivery phase. We're going to use really lightweight drones that keep the total flying weight under 500 grams. With the A2 CofC we can then legally fly and deliver in residential areas without having to worry too much about separation. It was mainly my idea. Did I mention it was my idea? Make sure you get my name right".


As part of a three-year training deal with AV8, Santa has plans to put all his Elves through the A2 course, as the project moves out of the proof-of-concept stage, followed by upgrading key members of staff to the full General VLOS Certificate (GVC) as the operation grows.

Exclusive Christmas Offer!

To celebrate their partnership, AV8 has teamed up with Santa to offer 15% off the A2 CofC course, now just £124.95 (inc VAT), until 31st December 2020.

Use code "AV8SANTA" at checkout.

Find out more & enrol

Pictured: Santa Claus with Jessica, Head of Wrapping, during a training session.

About AV8

AV8 Flight School are a specialist aviation training provider, approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority under the Recognised Assessment Entity framework. For more information, visit

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

£999.00 (+ VAT)

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

£499.50 (+ VAT)

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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