How To Get Your Commercial Drone License 2020 (PfCO UK)

How To Get Your Commercial Drone License 2020 (PfCO UK)

Here I speak about how to get your drone license (PfCO) in the UK for commercial work. I’ll let you know who needs to get this, how you go about getting it, and what happens after.

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  1. ron smith on May 26, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    I am thinking of getting a phantom 4 pro. Drone.
    If I fly just overfields for recreational purpose.. Will I need license ect.
    Would like to know this before buying my drone… Thanks Ron

  2. Kim Jong- Un on May 26, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Do we need it to fly the Mavic Mini if we do it for youtube??

  3. Gappy on May 26, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Hey, good video. Been flying Drones for around 8 years and thinking about setting up a business. Have you struggled in the industry or have you managed to get a foothold?

  4. Drone UK on May 26, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    good video, good edit, the sound could do with improving as i found it very hard to hear you clearly.
    Myself i do not need to do this as i just fly as a hobby 🙂

  5. UAV8 Ltd Drone Training on May 26, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Josh than you for your honest video and comments they are appreciated. UAV8 Ltd are constantly evolving the training we provide and keep up to date with all the changes that the CAA implement. Further to the training UAV8 Ltd also keep all former candidates informed to changes to regulations etc as they happen. At the end of the first year your Ops Manual will be updated by UAV8 for free! UAV8 Ltd are second to none when it comes to aviation training die to the incredible experience, qualifications and instructional methods of these former Army Flying Instructors – You are in safe hands on this full-on fun training course – even the food is good!! Give us a call!

  6. North Wales RC on May 26, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    It isn’t a licence it is a permission for commercial operation.

  7. Christopher Haslewood on May 26, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    PFCO Is DEAD Anyone with a drone can now take ( From 1st July 2020 ) Video and Pictures and sell them there is no difference between the different types of flight It is all about safety now

  8. James Drury on May 26, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Great video. Really helpful 👍

    I know some people are just using Mavic Mini drone and skipping a license. Is that legal for commercial work? Would like to know your opinion.

  9. BABULIS FILMS on May 26, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Hi josh, thanks for the brilliant vudeo,

    I just got my flyer ID and operator ID from CAA, and they say that I don’t need anything else in their website, is that wrong? I have just realised about the cource you mentioned.

  10. Yanis Guerin on May 26, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Hey josh nice information Thnks , if I use my drone for fun like pictures and videos for family did I need to have license certificate ? Because my drone Weight is 520 g

  11. gutz1981 on May 26, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    What I would like to know. If I use my drone (registered, but not commercial licenced) for my youtube video and use it like a dolly or crane (no higher than say 10 meters) and only use it for yourself to give some cinematic angles to your video for a 3 second shots (maybe used like 3-5 times in total) in a 20 minute video, and you do not give out your service for commercial use, yet your video (say short film) get monotized. Does this put you in the "commercial use" category? I am sure it probably does. But I feel there should be some discrepancy.

  12. Pzhr EU on May 26, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    So if I am not going to upload it to anywhere on the internet do I not need a licence??

  13. Seberous on May 26, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    I hate the CAA. Basically made it impossible for hobbyist flyers to make money with their drones. What bastards. My phantom cost me £300. I’m not spending huge amounts of money to do like 4 or 5 filming jobs a year like I want to. They clearly don’t like drones, or drone pilots. They just make everything more awkward than it needs to be.

  14. independent on May 26, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Hi bro do we have to renew every year?

  15. Paul-Thys on May 26, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Nice clear video thanks Josh! How long does the license last? Do you have to pay an annual fee to to renew it?

  16. Dee Markov on May 26, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Nice stuff lad! Thank you!

  17. Stong on May 26, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    I could literally do my driving test, lessons and theory for less than this… This needs to be cheaper. Money grabbing companies that take advantage of small commercial users.

  18. Jake Welfare on May 26, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    made it so much simpler, thank you. Would be good to see an example of the flight logs and risk assessment? is there a specific way it needs to be written down for them? Again thank you!!!

  19. Joshua Toms on May 26, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Can you explain the new laws as of this year and what we need to do now?

  20. Mr Sexy Time on May 26, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks bro this was the info I needed.

  21. D Freeman on May 26, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Hi fella liked the straight forward vid , may I ask is there a book you can buy that gives you all the study material ready for pfco theory test pls

  22. Harris amir on May 26, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    How did you get your drone so cheep

  23. Kristian Sharpe on May 26, 2022 at 7:09 pm

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  24. RICARDO on May 26, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Hi Josh, How can one obtain a license for UAV flights? i also heard that new EU regulation are coming into force will this cancel/Surpass the PfCO qualification? is there any cheaper place in Surrey or close to South London because the prices for this license are just an absurd with out any foundation… 600+{ for a drone training were a person doesn’t learn nothing but a few laws and most are not even connected with drone but airplanes and other things that a drone op will never get involved this mention by some of the drone pilots online on larger YouTube channels, i haven’t done the training myself due to the high prices

  25. Ian in London on May 26, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Hey Josh. Congrats on getting PfCO’d up. UAV8 are indeed a great crowd and who I went with as well. Rest assured the CAA have specifically mentioned YouTube use does not constitute commercial use, even if you get revenue from it, which seems a strange exemption but there you are. I too see it as a license and a hopelessly overly complicated and expensive one at that. The presence of money doesn’t make a flight more challenging or risky, it’s the flight itself. So I still don’t see why money is deciding factor on getting the full CAA training. It should be the type of flight itself that dictates whether the CAA training is needed.

    Anyway, best of luck with getting paid jobs 🙂 Cheers, Ian in London

  26. Dee Markov on May 26, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    I might get in touch with you if I need some more information if you don’t mind! Regards

  27. Matt Lee on May 26, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Josh, what about uploading videos to YouTube without any financial gain? purely just for friends to watch etc..

  28. Anthony Robling on May 26, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Simple and straightforward. Well done.

  29. Christian Garner on May 26, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Very informative and well presented video! Did the 3 day course go into how each job risk assessment needs to be carried out?

  30. reflexxtr on May 26, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    A PFCO isn’t a drone license it’s a ‘permission’ I licence for drones does not exist yet!

  31. Travelling Teacher Show on May 26, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    great thanks for the upload .

  32. gutz1981 on May 26, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Why is it the US only pay about $100 for their’s. While the UK needs to pay £1200? The deterant is not right. Some people just wanna use some nice shots in their own videos on their channel. Not whole 10 minute footage of 100 meter high shots. Maybe just some 3-10 meter shots to use in a video or two they may wanna make using like 10 seconds of footage at most. Why is it so far out of reach to even consider to use one for work?

  33. Wayne Donaldson on May 26, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Quick question. You need to renew your license every two years. Is that part expensive?

  34. MrKilluminati84 on May 26, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Hello mate is it true that from 1 July 2020 you don’t need any commercial license for the use of your drone for commercial use as long as you sty 150m away from buildings and 50m from people?

  35. Maritime Filming UK on May 26, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Good, informative video

  36. N M on May 26, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Hello Josh, nice information in the video, my question is how to set the price of each drone filming project, is any website where explain about the price or during the drone licence training, training staff will explain about the set price of the filming project accordingly the duration of the project? What was your minimum project with duration and what was your set price? I know it’s personal but we really want to know and how did you chosen this field? Anyone recommend you ? Please explain and we all will be really appreciate. Thanks from London

  37. Archie Brown on May 26, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    You are like me tbh. I love the vids by the way. Im looking to become a drone real estate photographer. My Instagram is archiebrownphotography

  38. Cohen Walsh on May 26, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    I have a caa flyer id

  39. Robert Gillespie on May 26, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    how long is it valid for

  40. Dean Unknown on May 26, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    I have just found out The Civil Aviation Authority just did a check on me, and it was on my experian credit report, and criminal back ground check, has this happned to you Josh ??

  41. Live The Dash on May 26, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    love the effect at the beginning of the video – need to learn that one !

  42. Sucofni Sucofni on May 26, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    How refreshing. Just the info required and done in a clear and simple way 👍🏻

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