Drone Training

“I just wanted to say thanks, I’ve been on many industry type training courses over the years and this was the first that I actually enjoyed!”

Adam Smillie
Director, Sure Claims Management

In partnership with industry leaders Consortiq we run instructor-led commercial drone training courses in Cardiff, online and at client premises.

We focus on the skills you need for your business, built on the GVC and A2CofC qualifications.

Qualifications and skills to suit your business

2021 brings exciting new possibilities for training and certification, with the arrival of the GVC and A2 Certificate of Competence (A2CofC) qualifications.

 

Book courses on their own, or with industry specific practical training.

A2CofC – BASIC

  • drones up to 2kg (or ‘C2’ type up to 4kg)
  • lower risk activities
  • printed course book
  • half-day training
  • online instructor-led

£199+VAT

A2CofC – FLIGHT READY

  • Basic package plus….
  • One-day introductory flight training
  • Half-day industry training
  • Survey, inspection and media courses available

Price: £449+VAT

GVC

  • the industry-standard qualification
  • drones up to 25kg
  • printed course book
  • comprehensive pre-course learning
  • 2-day ground school
  • flight assessment
  • online instructor-led, or classroom
  • £899+VAT

GVC (conversion)

  • for existing ‘PFCO’ holders
  • abbreviated course
  • A2CofC ‘combo’ also available
  • £349+VAT

This has been a great learning experience. And I have enjoyed every second of it!

Osian DaviesBBC Countryfile

Massive thanks to Michael and the team at Leaping Wing for a thoroughly enjoyable and in-depth course. Comms with the CAA were handled by the team letting me focus on learning. Highly recommended.

Ollie WellsDrone Meridean

I just wanted to say a quick thank you for making this such a pleasant and enjoyable experience. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to get a commercial drone licence.

George Cawdron

I just wanted to express my enjoyment on the track course. It was a thoroughly enjoyable 3 days and instilled a good level of knowledge and confidence. A massive part of this was down to Michael Surcombe who ran the course in a way that made it really accessible and relatable to the varied drone applications of the students. All round a top course that I would have no hesitation in recommending to others.

Fenner HolmanKing's College, London

Well defined learning objectives, instructing and assessing staff were extremely professional. A very positive experience all round.
Many thanks again

Niamh Nic DaeidDirector, Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science

The experience was truly a pleasure in its entirety...I look forward to doing you proud in the field!

James P. LeesBBC

Our philosophy

We all like to learn in different ways.

Our clients value the industry expertise of a live instructor, and the opportunity to engage with other trainees.

We are not the cheapest, but we believe we offer a level of ongoing commitment and support to our trainees which is unrivalled.

Upcoming courses

New dates are added here frequently. We also run some courses by request so if you would like to arrange different dates please do contact us as this may be possible.

Thursday 2 December 2021
GVC Conversion
Virtually, or in person at our training centre: Unit 4B, Pant Wilkin Stables, Aberthin, Cowbridge CF71 7GXEmail to book
Tuesday 1 February 2022
GVC Conversion
Virtually, or in person at our training centre: Unit 4B, Pant Wilkin Stables, Aberthin, Cowbridge CF71 7GXEmail to book

Unless otherwise advertised, our theory courses are currently delivered by video link between the instructor and students. We are beginning to reintroduce face-to-face courses, so if you prefer that option, please just let us know.

Training FAQs

Are you running courses during Covid-19?

Yes. We are currently offering the course as a two-day online video conference course. We believe this provides the best balance of access to the instructor’s expertise with necessary social distancing. We are still able to offer flight assessments in the usual way. As Covid restrictions ease, we are beginning to offer classroom training alongside video conferencing.

Who is this for?

Our training is for any individual or company wanting to fly drones commercially. We train across a range of sectors including survey, media, construction and academic research.

Do I need my own drone?

Yes, although not for the ground school component of the training. By the time of your flight assessment you will need to own one and be used to flying it.

Do you run bespoke company courses?

Yes. Many of our courses are tailored to the needs of our clients across a range of industries. We also offer discounts for groups.

How much flying experience do I need?

No flying experience is needed for the GVC ground school. The recommended requirement for the flight assessment is 2 hours logged within the preceding 3 months, although more is desirable.

For the A2CofC you will be required to self-certify practical competence before your theory test. We will provide full details when you book.

Can the training be held at company premises?

Yes, we often travel to client premises and use their facilities to minimise lost time for staff members.

Can I complete the flight assessment before I have written my operations manual?

No. GVC students must complete their flight assessment using their own Operations Manual. However, this can be created during the course and we provide detailed assistance to make the process as efficient as possible.

Is the course industry specific?

We run both standard and bespoke courses. The ground school is the same, but we add client-specific practical training as required at additional cost.

How much time should I allow for preparation?

You will enjoy and benefit from the GVC ground school much more if you can allocate approximately 15 hours of time to pre-course preparation using our online learning portal. You’ll also need to allow time to increase your flying skills to meet the minimum assessment standard, and hopefully more.

Who is running the course?

Our CAA training is run in partnership with Consortiq. Our trainers are approved by Consortiq and Leaping Wing will be your point of contact for all phases of the course before, during and afterwards.