As a properly trained drone pilot you will have the edge when it comes to navigating the industry, because you will be confident and able to adapt to things as they change. You will have been trained by the best and be part of the “Flyby Family” and having us by your side throughout your career via our Flyby Family Mentoring Programme will be a priceless asset to you.
You will be standing alongside some great ex-military pilot instructors and learning from courseware designed by experts with over 40 years experience in pilot training. You will be joining a family of drone pioneers who are shaping the future of the drone industry with design and development of drone technology, setting the standards of pilot qualifications and embarking on innovative projects that utilise the latest drone capabilities. You’re in good hands.
We are Captains of the Drone Industry and we want drone pioneers like you to help us make the drone industry reach its true potential.
First things first though. You need to obtain a drone and a Flyer ID. The Flyer ID is a process run by the CAA that requires ALL pilots of drones to be registered. We will guide you through that process as part of the course. Our shop sells the latest drone technology so have a chat with us about your requirements and we can give you our expert advice on your investment. Then we start your training.
We have a selection of face to face learning modules that we can run in COVID compliant conditions in an online classroom and you can even take the closed book examination online at the end. Yes, there is an examination, but no test is hard if you know the answers! Our instructors are experts from manned aviation training and will get you to the required standard with courseware designed specifically for optimum retention by pilots, giving you the confidence to think and act appropriately in any scenario.
Once you have finished absorbing the theoretical knowledge, we will work with you to construct your Operations Manual (OM). It is a sort of Haynes Manual of how you intend to operate your drone. We will construct your OM with you and remove the pain of this otherwise daunting process! We will discuss how you wish to operate and together we will construct a document that you can follow easily and be incredibly proud of.
Then we need to test your ability to operate your drone using what you have learned and in accordance with the description of your operation in your OM.
We do this in a live Flight Skills Test with one of our friendly and understanding examiners. We have all been in your position and our examiners will make you feel relaxed and comfortable.
Due to the fact that all of our instructors are either ex-fighter pilots, combat helicopter pilots or CAA examiners you will learn a lot on your test too. It is not a test of your flying. It is a test of everything. The examiner might write a few sentences about your flying but they are going to be much more interested in how you bring together what you have learned. You are bound to make mistakes. We all do; we are much more interested in how you recover from those mistakes. How you step over the problem you have just solved, so you can be robust for the next problem coming down the tracks.
We also want to see how you learn from your successes. People like us have many more successes than failures. So, let’s learn from those instead. That way we are always better tomorrow than we were today. We train pilots like you to the highest standard because we believe in you, we believe in our “Flyby Family” being considered as the best in the business.
Once you have passed, we will issue you with certificates showing that you met the Flyby Technology standard. There is no higher accolade in the business!
Although you are now free to ride off into the sunset to carve your niche as a pro drone pilot, that is not the end of our relationship. We are proud of the ongoing support the “Flyby Family” offers in our Mentoring Programme. A selection of our pilots take advantage of our free Flyby Family Mentoring which gives you one-to-one access to your own manned-aviation expert! It will save you huge amounts of research time, or make or break the success of a job when you just need an answer to that one question! As key players in the drone industry, we are constantly pushing the boundaries of drone capabilities and are able to offer the latest innovative course options so you can expand your repertoire as a drone pilot.
You can add an Extended Visual Line of Sight (EVLOS) module that allows you to fly your drone further away than 500m. You can add that at the start of your journey and we can test those procedures in your FST; or you can come back later to complete it. Your choice. Later in your career journey you can take our Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) course. This will future proof your career and demonstrate to the drone community you are a serious contributer in the industry.
We keep in touch with your business or career, you should keep an eye on our site as we will be hiring pilots we have trained for our operations in the various industries that we support. You could find yourself in our flight centres flying a 150kg rig to and from the ocean-based structures or in the mountains of Scotland moving saplings up mountainsides!
Opportunity awaits, so invest in yourself and book on to your Flyby GVC course today. We look forward to welcoming you.