To fly a drone in UK airspace, operators must be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and if flying for commercial gain, a ‘Permission for Commercial Operations’ (PFCO) is required. This is issued by the CAA and outlines what each operator can legally do in accordance with their Operations Manual.
To obtain PFCO status all pilots have to undergo set training, a ground school course and have to successfully pass a set of theory exams and practical assessment. When hiring a drone operator you should always check they are registered with the CAA and their PFCO, permissions, certification and insurance cover are valid and fully up to date.
At Sky Visual we take compliance and safety extremely seriously. We hold public liability insurance for £2m and our Civil Aviation Authority and Insurance documents are always made available to clients or others who request them.