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GVC Course
GVC Course
Type: GVC, Multi-Day
Cost: £ 795
Duration: 3 Days
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GVC Course

Why get your GVC?  It used to be that you needed the previous qualification, the PfCO, to fly a drone commercially.  Happily, that meaningless differentiation, between recreational flying and commercial flying, disappeared on 1 January 2021.  After all, why is a flight more or less risky, depending on whether you are being paid to fly?

We think you should get your GVC if and only if: 

  • You plan to fly a drone for a Blue Chip client, like the BBC, SKY, Channel 4, or Knight Frank.  They won’t employ you without it
  • You want to know that you know everything about the rules and regulations, and want the badge to show you do
  • You enjoy learning, because knowing about things is interesting.  And knowing about drones is most interesting

At a Glance

Your tutors: Simon Smith, our Chief Pilot, on Zoom, and Rob Lamont, expert Drone Pilot and Intelligent Flight Mode guru, face to face.

Numbers: Maximum 8

Base Camp: Maidstone and Chester

Duration: 20 hours online; 12 hours on Zoom; 8 hours In Person including invigilated theory test and practical flight test

Skill level: Everyone wanting to have the Gold Standard CAA-recognised GVC Drone Qualification. Note that we are not an RAE.  We partner with 3iC, RAE No. 1625 and present their Course Materials as the platform for our GVC Course

Timing: Once a month

Exertion: Light

Weather:  The online materials you can study in your own time.  The two days on Zoom are not weather dependent. In the event the forecast is bad for the practical day, we will contact you to arrange another suitable date for your practical day.  The good news is, across 1,000s of lessons delivered over six years, fewer than 10% of lessons needed to be rearranged because of the weather.  Who knew?  The weather in the UK is not that bad, after all.

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What People Say

Lindsay Farmer
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Just a BIG thank you for your time, expertise & patience today. Still buzzing - me not the drone - & can’t wait until I can fly it again with all the confidence you installed in me! I really appreciate all your help today
Howard Buckler
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Many thanks to Paul for a most enjoyable and informative lesson. I now feel ready to fly safely and legally thanks to his expert guidance. Nothing beats a hands on lesson from the experts. I highly recommend PhantomFlightSchool if you are thinking of taking up drone flying.
Adam Jones
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David, I just wanted to say thank you for the lesson today and all the information you gave us. It was worth every penny and very very useful, especially the practical flying. Definitely needed to move forward with the ideas I have for my work purposes and even for a hobby as well. Thanks a lot David and all the best. Adam.
Vanessa White
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I had a great flying lesson with Tony Jackson. Tony is highly skilled in his field and has extensive knowledge of drone operating and all the very important safety aspects. I learned more in 1 lesson that I did in flying solo for 2-3 months. I highly recommend PhantomFlightSchool. Vanessa White, Emotive Photography
Julian Swain
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My first contact with the company was Emma Pastor who is a pleasure to talk with and is amazingly efficient in all that she does. She and Simon Smith (instructor) make a great team and everything worked out so well. Simon is a very tolerant guy who instils self belief and never shouted at me even when I made the most awful mistakes. (With his drone!) Give it a go as it is a most enjoyable experience. Jules
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