GVC and PfCO
The PfCO was the previous CAA certification to fly commercially in the UK and was the qualification and permission issued by the CAA until the end of 2020.
Anyone with a valid PfCO will still be able to operate under its limitations and conditions until its expiry date, and will be able to renew their permission as an Operational Authorisation after 31 December 2020, if renewed before its expiry date.
If you let your PfCO expire after December 2020 you will not be able to renew it as an Operational Authorisation with your NQE certificates and will have to complete a GVC course with an RAE to get the required GVC certificates to apply for an operational Authorisation.
This means if you want to continue to operate drones within the specific category without having to retrain and resit competency assessments in the short term, you must ensure you Operations manual is updated to reflect the changes and submitted to the CAA for renewal in plenty of time.
If you are a current PfCO holder we can offer you a conversion course to qualify you for the GVC (General Visual Line of Sight Certificate) and A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 CofC).
You can book our online A2 Certificate of Competency course by clicking on the button below:
The main difference between the PfCO/Operational Authorisation and the new A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 CofC) is there is no flight assessment and no need to write an Operations Manual, however the limitations that you will be able to fly under will be dependant of the Class or Mass (MOTM) if you are flying a transitional aircraft.