courses, examinations and flight instruction


Next CDP-C Theory Course: Sat 13 - Sun 14 May 2017, Hong Kong

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Professional UAV/Drone Operator Training Courses and Examination

Angus is a fully certified CDP-C™ UAV (drone) pilot. He is also the South East Asia Assessor for The UAV Academy LTD . He is the only staff member qualified both as a Ground School Theory Instructor and Flight Examiner for the internationally recognized commercial UAV (drone) pilot certification, the CDP-C™

As from January 2017, we are training pilots and issuing the CDP-C™ commercial pilot drone qualification.  The CDP-C™ has now become the preferred drone pilot qualification required by many National Aviation Authorities before a Permission (PfCO) or Exemption is granted to an Operator.

Prior to this, from 2015, we offered The Basic National UAS Certificate (BNUC™), introduced by EuroUSC™ in 2007, which was the first commercial drone pilot qualification for remotely piloted aircraft below 150kg. 

The CDP-C™ pilot qualification 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 Drones. 

Scottcopters also offer a service to assist pilots in preparing their operations manuals for submission to the Hong Kong CAD or any other National Aviation Authorities.

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CDP-C™ Certified Drone Pilot - Commercial

This is an approved 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).

The course leads to you gaining a recognised pilot qualification (Certified Drone Pilot-Commercial CDP-C™ ​)

PART 1 - Preparatory Study
Once you have enrolled on the course we will send to you a Course Handbook. 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 covered during the two days cover both Hong Kong and UK 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 the authorities to be a requirement to ensure safe and 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 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

  • Introduction
  • Air Law and Responsibilities
  • Airspace – Operating Principles
  • Aircraft Knowledge
  • Human Factors
  • Meteorology
  • 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 an imaginary 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 Hong Kong CAD.

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 Mode).

Once you have successfully completed all elements of the course, you will hold a CDP-C™ qualification. We can then assist you to apply to the Hong Kong CAD for the granting of a Permission for Commercial Operations.

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

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

Flight Instruction

ScottCopters Flight School is a separate and distinct entity from the UAV Academy framework but employs only CDP-C™ qualified pilots to work as instructors. Lessons can be in either English or Cantonese. Courses are arranged on a bespoke basis, depending on the needs and flying skills of the individual. Normally four-hour sessions, which include air law, theory of flight, meteorology and flying lessons, are all held at our Hong Kong flying site.

We can provide aircraft or you can bring your own. We can also offer discount on purchasing aircraft when part of a flight-training programme. Most of our candidates rent our aircraft, which includes aircraft equipment crash insurance, which takes away the worry of damaging your own aircraft. 

Rental details here.

For commercial trainees, our instructors will train you to pass the demanding 12-task flight exam for the CDP-C™.