​​CDP-C™ Certified Drone Pilot - Commercial Course

CDP-C™ Full course & HALF-DAY Fight Training Package:

  • Full Course (Parts 1,2,3 & 4) PLUS 
  • Half-day of discounted flight training and aircraft rental (to be taken within 3 months of theory course)

CDP-C™ Full course & 2 DAY Flight Training Package:

  • Full Course (Parts 1,2,3 & 4) PLUS 
  • two days of discounted flight training and aircraft rental (to be taken within 3 months of theory course)
  • bespoke Operations Manual writing (OM) (per person) 
CDP-C™ Parts 1 & 2 - Preparation, Ground School (theory) course and Examination
CDP-C™ Parts 3 & 4 - Operations Manual (OM) assessment and Flight Operations Assessment (FOA) 

10% discount available to AHKAF members

Corporate sliding scale discount available on application

Other Service Fees

CDP-C™ Operations Manual compilation and advice on respective NAA permit applicationHK$3,500
CDP-C™ Part 2 - Examination retake at next available course date               HK$600
CDP-C™ Part 4 - Flight Operations Assessment (FOA) retakeHK$3,000


This is a course comprising printed and online study materials, two days of Ground School (theory) training, our review and feedback for your Operations Manual (OM), and a practical Flight Operations Assessment (FOA).

PART 1 - Preparatory Study
Once you have enrolled on the course we will send to you a
Course Handbook in your choice of either English or Chinese. This covers all the subjects in the theory side of the course. You will also be given access to the UAV Academy Online Student Portal where you will find additional background reading and a library of past examination questions.

PART 2 – Ground School
You will spend two days in a classroom with one of our highly experienced instructors. The subjects studied during the two days cover Hong Kong air law and regulations, as well as the course contents listed below. You will need a good knowledge in all of these subjects as this is considered by the authorities to be a requirement to ensure safe UAV operations complying with regulations. At the end of the two days you will sit a Multiple Choice Examination. There are 50 questions, for each question you have to pick the correct answer from 4 possible answers; there will only be one correct answer. The course is delivered in English and is structured and delivered so as to ensure that you have the required knowledge to pass the exam by the time you come to sit it!

Course Contents

Air Law and Responsibilities
Airspace – Operating Principles
Aircraft Knowledge
Human Factors
Airmanship and Aviation Safety
Planning and Operating Procedures
Planning Scenarios
Theory Examination
Preparing for your Practical Test

PART 3 – Operations Manual (OM) Submission and Review
We will spend time during the Ground School to explain to you what is required for you to write your Operations Manual. This is a very important document and it is crucial that you are familiar with the contents. We will provide you with a comprehensive template, which takes almost all of the pain out of writing your Operations Manual. Once you have tailored the template manual to reflect your operation and the procedures you intend to follow, you submit the draft to Scottcopters, we will review it and let you know if we have any comments and suggestions.

PART 4 – Flight Operations Assessment (FOA)
Everything you have learnt in Ground School and the procedures you set out in your Operations Manual (OM) come together for the last part of the course, which is a Flight Operations Assessment (FOA). This will take the form of a notional client request for Aerial Work. We will send you a client brief, with details about the location and what you are being asked to do. You will agree a date for your FOA with your Examiner and then will need to demonstrate to the Examiner that you are capable of operating, using the procedures set out in your Operations Manual. You must further demonstrate that you, as Pilot-in-Command, have the flying skills necessary to conduct the flight competently and safely, whilst operating within the rules and regulations laid down by the HKCAD.

At some point during your FOA you will have to deal with a couple of simulated emergencies which will be given to you by the Examiner. You will also need to demonstrate to your Examiner that you are capable of flying your aircraft without GPS position hold (ATTI or Manual Mode).

We can rent you our UAV or you can bring your own. Most of our students rent one of ours. In the unlikely event that you damage our UAV we will cover the costs of UAV repair/replacement, which takes away the worry of damaging your own.  Rental fees can be seen here.

Scottcopters highly recommends that pilots have their own third party liability insurance covering the requirements of the relevant legislation.

​Part 4 FOA is to be taken within 12 months of 1st attempt at Part 2 theory exam and after having had OM approved.

If you hold a UK, Australian or US Pilots Licence
If you hold a PPL, CPL or ATPL, provided that it has been ‘current’ since 1 January 2010, you are exempt from having to attend the theory part (Ground School) of the course. We call this option the ‘Abbreviated Course’. We give you access to the Online Learning System and send you the Course Handbook for self study. Later, when you feel ready, you can submit your OM for review, take flight lessons and your Flight Operations Assessment.

Please contact us directly to ask about applying for the 'Abbreviated Course’.

Flight Training

​As from our February 2018 course, the CDP-C™ course includes either discounted half-day or 2 days of group flight training and aircraft rental, to be taken within 3 months of the Part 2 theory course, at a date to be arranged.

Chinese version handbook option now available

© 2017 | Scottcopters


Angus Scott holds both a BNUC-S™ and CDP-C™ UAV/drone pilot qualification. He delivers both the Ground School Theory Course and is Chief Flight Examiner for CDP-C™. All our flight instructors have successfully passed the CDP-C™ course.

The CDP-C™ course and certification in Hong Kong, issued by The UAV Academy LTD from the UK, is designed to demonstrate your competency as a UAV pilot, to enable you or your organisation to support any application for permission for commercial aerial work to the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD), or any national aviation authority, according to the rules of that country, if you so wish. Certification will neither grant you a ‘pilot’s licence’ nor automatically grant you a permission to fly a UAV commercially in Hong Kong or worldwide.

The course is based on the UK course, but has been tailored to reflect the small differences in Hong Kong laws as compared with the UK laws. As such certification will enable successful operators to demonstrate the necessary competencies to the HKCAD, however you may still be required to undergo a short flight assessment with HKCAD staff. This should not prove difficult, having been through this course.

Applications from overseas pilots wanting to carry out commercial aerial work in the UK can be made directly to the UK CAA and are dependent on evidence of ‘pilot competency’ and location(s) where filming is to take place, and are considered individually on their own merit.

New legislation for UAS (Drones) in Hong Kong is being addressed now by an overseas consultant and Scottcopters has been giving detailed advice to the CAD through the advisory/consultancy process. It is widely anticipated and hoped that the CDP-C™ certification may be accepted as a proof of competency in it's own right in the future and resulting in a period permit to fly rather than individual permit-per-job as it currently stands. Scottcopters is constantly revising course materials to reflect new technologies, including proprietary and battery technology and sense-and-avoid systems.

The CDP-C™ certification can be attained by passing both a 2-day Ground School (theory) course, an Operations Manual (OM) review, and finally a Flight Operations Assessment (FOA). To encourage safe operation in this new industry the Ground School course is open to all those who are interested in the regulatory and operational environment for UAV/drones. Flight lessons are optional but highly encouraged and depend on the competency of the candidates. Training has been demonstrated to be the single greatest influence on flight safety.

Our classroom training base is now conveniently located in Kwun Tong, and our spacious flight training field is located in a beautiful corner of the New Territories.

Scottcopters also offer a service to assist pilots in preparing their operations manuals for submission to the HKCAD or any other national aviation authority.

Our trainers are expert and enthusiastic about what they do. We are confident you will feed off them as you learn.

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''At the beginning before the training I knew nothing about Drones/UAV/UAS; not to mention the maneuvering or flying UAV, I have never touched them before. However, after this intensive training, throughout the theory and practical training, not only did I learn the flying skills of UAV but also the most important thing is how to be a professional and an ethical commercial UAV pilot.''

Jonathan L - Kowloon

8% CNY discount                         
1. book BEFORE 1 MARCH +

(friends must apply individually within 2 days of each other. Only 1 type of discount per applicant )

Next CDP-C™ Course, Hong Kong

​March 24-25 2018