FAQS

 

WHY CHOOSE FLY ICARUS?

 

  • The First UK’s Independent Commercial Drone Training School
  • CAA accredited and approved with National Qualified Entity (NQE) status
  • Designed by Military Helicopter Pilots
  • Delivered by leading drone operators and ex-military pilots with thousands of manning hours behind them.
  • Courses designed specifically for different sectors of the Drone Industry
  • Partnered with Lantra 
  • Partnered with NFTS (National Film and Television School) for UK’s First Aerial Cinematography and Media Course.
  • Over 500 students trained since 2017 alone
  • Course running weekly in over seven locations including; Scotland, Lancashire, Shropshire, Liverpool, Oxford (Near London) 
  • Permanent Company base with full-time working hours (Mon - Fri 9/5) 
  • Full time reception with the team always available for enquires and advise
  • Complete your Drone Course in 2 or 3 days
  • Pre-flight training available for complete novices
  • First time submissions completed and sent off to the CAA on your behalf
  • Reasonably priced with NO hidden fees 
  • A working company using high-end heavy left drones to lift Red Cameras and Alexa Arri's. Offering real industry advise as well as the opportunity for work through the ICARUS Community of Pilots. 

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO GET MY LICENSE?

  • ICARUS COURSE (£999 - £1699 inc. VAT)
  • OPERATIONS MANUAL (£0 - £299 inc. VAT)
  • INSURANCE (£TBC with Coverdrone/Moonrock) 
  • FEE TO CAA (£173 First Time Submission) 

    Total = £1471 + Insurance < £1872 + Insurance (incl. Night       Course) 

WHY DO I NEED A PERMISSION FOR COMMERCIAL OPERATION?

Short answer - it is legally required for commercial drone flights. Go to our FAQS PAGE for more information. 

 

WHERE CAN A HOBBYIST DRONE BE FLOWN?

 

As a general rule, unless the drone pilot has permission from the CAA, he or she should not be flying within 150m of a ‘congested area’ (e.g. town or city) or at a public event. When the pilot does have permission from the CAA, such flights are usually restricted to flight distances no closer than 50m from persons, vehicles and structures that are not ‘under the control’ of the pilot. Direct over-flight at any height is not usually permitted. – These restrictions mean that the use of a drone in public places is limited and often not suitable or legal unless the operator has received the appropriate permission from the CAA.

 

WHAT IS THE CAA DEFINITION OF A CONGESTED AREA?

 

The definition of a congested area is: ‘Congested area’ in relation to a city, town or settlement, means any area which is substantially used for residential, industrial, commercial or recreational purposes’. Anything from a smallvillage (group of houses), people or anything that can be damaged (buildings, cars etc…).

WHAT IS THE CAA DEFINITION OF A 'SMALL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT (SUA)' ?

In terms of these regulations (the Air Navigation Order), a ‘small unmanned aircraft’ means any unmanned aircraft, other than a balloon or a kite, having a mass of not more than 20kg without its fuel, but including any articles or equipment installed in or attached to the aircraft at the commencement of its flight. – When an unmanned aircraft weights more than 20kg, additional regulations come into play and recreational aircraft in this category are usually classified as ‘large model aircraft’.

WHAT IS CLASSIFIED AS 'PAID WORK' AND REQUIRES A PFCO? 

The Air Navigation Order defines ‘aerial work’ as: –

“Any purpose, other than commercial air transport or public transport, for which an aircraft is flown if valuable consideration is given or promised for the flight or the purpose of the flight.”

At the present time, any activities involving the remunerated carriage of persons, cargo or mail are prohibited to drones although occasionally permission may be given to ‘drop articles’.

The term ‘aerial work’ allows a broad variety of flight applications, predominantly centring on aerial photography or the operation of other sensors and data-gathering devices. The essential question that needs to be asked is “what is the purpose of the (specific) flight?” i.e.”If I were not receiving payment/valuable consideration for making the flight, would it still take place?” –

Example 1: A drone operator holding a CAA permission for aerial work is engaged to film or survey a building development site or infrastructure facility. This is clearly within the remit of the permission and the operation can proceed within the limitations and conditions stated on the operator’s permission.

Example 2: An estate agent or builder’s firm wants to use a drone for aerial imagery/survey as part of their service. This also would be considered aerial work even if it only comprised a small part of the service to the customer, e.g. advertising a customer’s house or checking the property for the extent of works required. The operator of the drone would need to have a CAA permission for aerial work. The estate agent or builder’s firm should gain a permission or use the services of an existing permission holder. 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO RESIT PRACTICAL OR THEORY PART OF THE ICARUS TRAINING?

 

 

Do you need insurance before submitting your PfCO?

 

You will be allowed...

 

 

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