As a Recognised Assessment Entity RAE approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority CAA to host A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 CofC) Courses and train Drone Pilots I am frequently contacted regarding our traditional A2 CofC ground school and online courses.
The following three most common A2 CofC questions are below:
1. I need to fly my drone commercially and require a course under the new regulations, which CDT course should I take.
Firstly, you may not need to do a course at all. There is no requirement to hold a permission / authorisation from the UK CAA to make money from your drone. The new drone rules are based around the risk your drone presents to uninvolved persons / property and how close you can fly to certain things like persons and congested areas depends on the drone’s weight, experience of user etc.
Therefore a drone operator with no formal training using a Mavic mini at under 250g would be allowed to fly near people in congested areas as its light and present little to no risk to people, whereas the same drone operator would not be able to fly a 20kg drone with such freedom and would be required to stay further away from people and congested areas.
The CDT A2 CofC course covers this but some useful reference materials are discussed below.
2. Could you please give me an overview of the new drone regulations and how they suit my proposed drone operation in a maximum of 2 minutes.
The honest answer is no. We at CDT believe the regulations are brilliant and fully support them but to get a overview of them we recommend you spend half an hour looking at the following documents:
Once you have read them give us a call or email and you will find the discussion more beneficial having a basic understanding of the rules. We can then talk to you specifically about your needs and send you on the right path to suit your proposed busines model.
3. I do not understand how a GVC course would benefit me over a A2 CofC course?
This all depends on what your commercial need is with the Drone and reading the documents listed in question 2 before our discussion is useful. The 3 main points are listed below.
- The A2 CofC Rules and fixed with no amendments. For example, if you would like to fly EVLOS then the process to obtain EVLOS accreditation can only be done under an Operational Authorisation obtained by undertaking a GVC course.
- The A2 CofC specified distances to remain away from uninvolved persons are horizontal distances (cylinder principle) and does not allow overflight of uninvolved persons with a drone when operating in the Open Category subcategories that require an A2 CofC. The Operational Authorisation obtained from a GVC course allows overflight of uninvolved persons at set distances in any direction (dome principle) if the risk has been assessed and the operation is deemed safe.
- At present, the benefits of the A2 CofC are given to ‘C’ class drones that have not been released onto the market for sale yet. For example, a C2 drone will be allowed to fly down to 5m away horizontally from uninvolved persons when slow speed mode is selected. To make the Open Category usable for the most popular drone weight range (500g to 4kg), the legacy drone system in place is more restrictive in the open category than using a Operational Authorisation.
Commercial Drone Training is one the longest serving UK CAA drone examination organisations and has 1,000’s of success stories. So we have been asked and answered most of the A2 CofC Questions.
On our A2 Certificate of Competency course we include a 56 question multiple choice A2 CofC Mock Exam paper that covers the key questions.
Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com