Why do your PfCO Course online?

Our ICARUS PfCO Online Drone Course is our most flexible option to get your Permission for Commercial Operations from the CAA. Simply book a date for your theory examination and complete all the E-Learning modules before you attend. Learn at your own pace until you attend your half day classroom session which culminates in your Theory Examination.

When you’ve passed your theory examination, call us when you are ready to book your flight examination which takes up to 2 hours to complete. We provide you with all the necessary learning and planning documents to complete your examination.

The final part of your ICARUS Online Course is the production of an Operations Manual which you will need to submit to our Submissions Team. Why not choose our ICARUS Pro Online PfCO Course and get the Operations Manual completed by our trusted consultancy partners; saving you valuable time and resources.

What’s the process?

  • When purchasing the course, please choose the date you wish to attend your ½ Day Theory & examination

  • Upon completion of the Theory Course, call the office to book your practical examination

  • Submit your Operations Manual

  • Apply for your PfCO from the CAA

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CEO & ICARUS Founder

Matthew Williams

A leading light within the international aviation community with deep-seated roots within the unmanned training and operational delivery sectors.

Matt has built a number of successful businesses centred around the ever-evolving unmanned aircraft space. He continues to manage an ever-growing team at the UK's leading unmanned aircraft training and operations company and also consults at the very highest levels in the sector in order to help explore and deliver practical and pragmatic solutions to problems faced by both regulatory bodies worldwide and those looking to exploit options to operate within regulatory frameworks. 


+ ICARUS E-Learning

  • How to access your resources
  • Scope
  • About Aerial Motion Pictures - ICARUS
  • About your instructor
  • The ICARUS Course
  • The Operations Manual
  • The Theory Examination
  • The Operational Evaluation
  • The Online Course Modules
  • Summary
  • Quiz

+ Downloadable Resources

  • Aide Memoir for Theory Course
  • Operations Manual Template
  • Planning Guide
  • Pre-site Survey Checklist
  • Onsite Survey Checklist
  • Crew Briefing

+ Air Law

  • Scope
  • Overview
  • Names for Drone
  • Definition of Commercial Operation
  • Definitiong of Congested Area
  • Controlled & Uncontrolled Airspace
  • Aviation Governing Bodies
  • Flight Information Regions
  • CAP 393 Air Navigation Order - Articles 94 & 95
  • CAP 722 Unmanned Aircraft System Opertations in UK Airspace
  • Collision Avoidance
  • The PfCO
  • Summary
  • Quiz

+ Principles of Flight

  • Scope
  • Lift
  • Control Surfaces
  • Multi-rotor control
  • Command and Control
  • Flight Controller Modes
  • Density Altitude
  • Operational Limitations
  • Vortex Ring
  • Summary
  • Quiz

+ Meteorology

  • Scope
  • Overview
  • Cloud Types - Cumulonimbus (CB)
  • Cloud Types - Fog
  • Wind
  • Turbulence & Urban Effects
  • Precipitation
  • Temperature
  • Weather Fronts
  • METAR Examples
  • Long Temr Forecast TAF Examples
  • Space Weather
  • Summary
  • Quiz

+ Airspace & Operating Principles

  • Scope
  • Overview
  • Controlled Airspace
  • Uncontrolled Airspace
  • Specific Airspace
  • NOTAMs
  • Visual Line of Sight
  • Small Unmanned Systems Operations
  • Summary

+ Operations Manual & Risk Assessments

  • Scope
  • The Operations Manual
  • What goes into an Operations Manual?
  • Risk Assessments
  • Summary
  • Quiz

+ LiPo Batteries

  • Scope
  • Dangers
  • Construction
  • Description Codes
  • Charging
  • Usuage
  • Storage
  • Disposal
  • Summary
  • Quiz

+ Human Factors

  • Scope
  • Overview
  • Airmanship
  • Medical Fitness
  • Fatigue
  • Outdoor & Lone Working
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Physiological
  • Stress & Pressure
  • Situational Awareness
  • Complacency
  • Summary
  • Quiz

+ Operator Responsibilities & Airmanship

  • Scope
  • Airmanship
  • Collision Avoidance
  • Planning
  • Go No Go Decisions
  • Separation Distances
  • Logging Flights
  • Incident Reporting
  • Airprox Reporting
  • Insurance
  • Flight Reference Cards
  • Emergencies
  • Mainenance
  • Summary
  • Quiz

+ Navigation

  • Scope
  • Grid References
  • Latitude & Longitude
  • Aviation Charts
  • GPS
  • Summary
  • Quiz

+ Flight Planning

  • Scope
  • Tools
  • Local Emergency Services
  • Equipment
  • Planning & Execution Guide
  • Flight Planning Example
  • Briefing
  • Summary
  • Quiz

If you can’t find an answer to your question, feel free to get in touch with the team

+ How long will it take for me to complete the E-Learning

The ICARUS Online E-Learning will take you approximately 8 hours to complete all of the required modules and take the online quizzes, when completed back to back.

+ Can I move my Theory examination date?

You can move your date for your Theory course free of charge up to 20 working days prior to your scheduled theory examination. Should you wish to move your theory examination date after this period there will be an administration fee of £100+VAT.

+ When can I take my Flight Examination?

You can only take your flight examnination when you have successfully passed your Theory Examination. You may book in for your Flight Examination in advance, prior to attending the Theory Examination.

+ What if I fail any of my Examinations?

If you fail either your Theory Examination or your Flight Examination there will be a £100+VAT rebooking fee.

+ Are there any hidden fees?

There are no hiddens fees within our course. The only additional fee you need to be aware of is the £253 application fee for the PfCO which goes directly to the CAA.

+ Can I still attend the Theory Examination if I've not completed the ICARUS PfCO Online Learning?

  • If you have not completed the ICARUS PfCO Online Learning through our LMS by the time you attend your Theory Examination you will be rejected from the exam and you will incur a £120+VAT rebooking fee.
  • Please ensure you have completed the E-Learning to 100% prior to attending.

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