Want the GVC and some flying training from the professionals? Then this course is the one for you.


The 5-day course encompasses all elements of the 3-day course, with the addition of 2 days dedicated flight training to teach the student how to fly the aircraft and manipulate sensors to support a wide range of RPAS applications.

who should attend?

Candidates will be taught the skills to operate RPAS both professionally and tactically. Applicable to a wide range of customers such as Wedding Photographers, Ergonomists, Film Makers, Security Services and Police Forces.

course length

The course length is 5 days and is conducted at EEIs facilities near Lincoln, UK. Training can be delivered at the customer’s location provided that the course attendance is 8 or more. Practical elements will need to be carried out at a pre-approved EEI flight site, or at customer sites after a successful risk assessment undertaken by EEI.

ground school

All candidates will be expected to complete pre-course learning through EEIs e-learning platform, followed by classroom-based instructor led theory which culminates in a written examination. Modules include:

  • Introduction to RPAS
  • Air Law Responsibilities
  • RPAS Operating Principles
  • Airmanship & Aviation Safety
  • Human Performance
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation & Charts
  • RPAS General Knowledge
  • Operator Responsibilities
  • Operating Procedures

On successful completion of the theory phase of our course, students will be issued a certificate, however, this does not accredit them in any practical aspects of RPAS use.

additional content

The 2 dedicated days of flight instruction cover:

  • Aircraft Handling (AH) Phase – minimum of 2 flights teaching candidates the best practise operating procedures and building confidence with the aircraft.
  • Mission Element (ME) Phase – minimum of 2 flights teaching camera manipulation and management to collect the product and maximise its effectiveness.

flying skills assessment (GVC)

The flying element teaches the candidates how to operate the aircraft safely and competently. Once EEI instructors are satisfied that the candidate is operating in accordance with the Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) 722, and the Air Navigation Order (ANO), they will conduct an evaluated flight test.

Candidates will perform the following assessed tasks in planning (including risk assessment), briefing, aircrew discipline, safety, airmanship, emergency handling, general handling.

Following successful completion of this test, the candidate will receive their GVC certification that will allow them to apply to the CAA for an Operational Authorisation in order to fly their RPAS within UK airspace.

“Tim was amazing, explained everything very well and made it very clear to understand exactly what the objectives of each exercise were and also how to fly safetly and controlled in an enjoyable and comfortable environment.”

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