General VLOS Certificate (GVC) - Upgrade

SKU GVC-UPGRADE
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Upgrade your legacy PfCO to the new GVC Standard

Includes the A2 Certificate of Competence

THE CERTIFICATION

Our GVC upgrade course (combined) gives you the best of both worlds: operate under your CAA permission when you need to; fly under your A2 CofC for those fast, simple tasks. No matter where or when you completed your PfCO course, you can upgrade provided you have a current CAA permission. For the vast majority of operators, a flight assessment isn't required (see below).


Your GVC will allow you to:

    • apply to the CAA for a standard Operational Authorisation (drones up to 25kg, 50m separation from uninvolved people, 150m separation distance from places used by people doesn't apply - residential, recreational, industrial, commercial areas)
    • add specialist modules to extend and enrich your operational capability (e.g. EVLOS / BVLOS)
    • fly with all your UK permissions across Europe


Note: You are allowed to to apply for your permission before 31/12/2020


Transitional Period (December 31st 2020 to December 31st 2022)

From the 31st of December 2020 an A2 Certificate of Competence allows you to:

    • fly your drone in the A2 (Open) subcategory (drones up to 2kg) and the A1 subcategory (drones up to 500 grams)
    • fly without the usual 150m separation distance from places used by people (residential, recreational, industrial, commercial areas)
    • fly your sub-2kg drone to within 50m of uninvolved people (A2 subcategory)
    • fly your sub-500g drone with no restrictions on proximity to uninvolved people (but not directly overhead) (A1 subcategory)

Continuing Period (December 31st 2020 onwards)

From the 31st of December 2020 an A2 Certificate of Competence allows you to:

    • fly your drone in the A2 (Open) subcategory (appropriately C-marked drones up to 4kg) and the A1 subcategory (appropriately C-marked drones up to 900 grams)
    • fly without the usual 150m separation distance from places used by people (residential, recreational, industrial, commercial areas)
    • fly your sub-4kg C-marked drone to within 30m of uninvolved people (reduced to 5m when in slow speed mode) (A2 subcategory)
    • fly your sub-900g C-marked drone with no restrictions on proximity to uninvolved people (but not directly overhead) (A1 subcategory)

Add to this the freedom to operate a drone commercially without any special CAA permissions from 31st December 2020 and the world of lightweight drones is about to get very interesting!

THE COURSE
Enrolling in our CAA approved combined course is inexpensive, fast and available to anyone. You'll study three core modules (Flight Performance, Flight Operations & Meteorology) for the A2 CofC, each followed by a practice question bank to reinforce what you've learned. A fourth GVC-specific module contains all the new EASA legislation and a refresher on risk management; when you're ready to take your exam you simply login, select a time and follow the set up instructions. Nothing could be simpler.

Your certificates are issued automatically and once the new CAP722A is published (estimating November 2020) we'll contact you with advice on how to update your operations manual to the new standards. We can then review your updated version to confirm it meets all the new criteria.


  • 100% online & on-demand (start, pause & resume at your own pace)
  • Exams available online and on-demand, 24/7/365 [learn more]
  • Free exam retakes (98% of our students pass first time!)
  • Operations manual updates for the latest CAP722A revisions (expected to be published by the CAA November 2020)
  • Digital certification to your phone - exclusive to AV8 [learn more]
  • Unlimited, on-demand instructor support (Email, Phone, Video Call) [learn more]
  • Exclusive drone insurance discount via Flock (10% from 1st year's premiums) [learn more]

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

This course can only be taken by operators who have a current CAA permission or who are named remote pilots on someone else's CAA permission.


Additionally, in order to be exempted the practical flight assessment you must have flown at least 120 minutes in the last 3 months and have flown with a reasonable degree of regularity over the last 12 months (or since you passed your PfCO course if less than 12 months ago).


In order to complete the course exam, you must:

  • Have complete the CAA's Drone and Model Aircraft online training course and test and be in possession of a valid Flyer ID
    • This is free to complete and can be done in less than 30 minutes.

  • Have completed a period of practical flight training (either formally or under 'self monitored' conditions). This must conducted in the A3 (Open) Category (i.e. far from people) but simulating the conditions of the A2 (Open) Category (i.e. close to people).
    • We recommend that you practice for at least 2 hours at a location far from people but fly as though you are flying close to people. The course includes some practice activities to help you hone your skills!
  • Have an internet connection speed of at least 2Mbps
    • This is needed in order to get the most from the course and to take your online exam.
  • Have access to a suitable enabled laptop / desktop with a webcam, speakers and microphone (mobile access to course material is optional)
  • Have access to an appropriate small unmanned aircraft
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