Top class UK drone training, equipment and qualification combo!

The UK parliament may be sans coalition at the moment, but at The Aerial Academy, we believe that collaboration is king as it allows us all to play to our strengths. In fact, that’s how The Aerial Academy formed in the first place!

With that in mind we have put together a dream team for supplying drone equipment, training you up to a standard suitable for commercial aerial work in the UK and providing you a qualification recognised by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

We have teamed up with our friends at Production Gear to put together a series of packages that are mouth-wateringly good.

There’s not much Production Gear don’t know about cameras and all the associated gubbins that go with them. They love to push the boundaries with new technology, so when they learned that cameras can fly, they got in early and are now one of the top suppliers of DJI drone equipment and other ground-based camera stabilisation systems. With direct access to DJI buying within the UK ensures that we can support you as well as possible if you have any technical issues.

The Aerial Academy provides drone training courses tailored to your needs. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a more experienced pilot looking to turn a hobby into a business, we can put something together for you. If the plans below don’t meet your needs, please get in touch and we’ll see what we can do. The Aerial Academy is now a UK CAA approved full NQE which means we can deliver a full process from beginner to your Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO).

Flight training, at present, is offered at our Norwich, Stroud and Swansea locations and can be built around the supply of equipment and qualification course.

The information below is largely aimed at individuals. If you are part of a larger company that intends to put more than 6 or so pilots through training to operate under the same Permission for Aerial Work, please give us a call on 01603 673615 or email office@theaerialacademy.co.uk as we can build you a custom training and qualification programme either at your location or one of ours.

The below packages are for the most popular drones available at the moment. If the drone you are interested isn’t there, we can probably still get it and build a package for you. All flight training is type specific, giving you the opportunity to become familiar with the control systems of your chosen drone.

All packages include drone equipment supply and initial setup as part of the training to ensure that the hardware and software are functioning correctly. The assumption is most pilots will collect their drone at the training location on Day 1 of training. Please see the bottom of this post for an example timeline.


Foot on the ladder

DJI Phantom 3 example Packages (combos are available with cases)

£3015+VAT (£3618 inc VAT):
DJI Phantom 3 Professional + 3 days flight training + UAPQ-s

£2799+VAT (£3358.80 inc VAT):
DJI Phantom 3 Advanced + 3 days flight training + UAPQ-s

£2590+VAT (£3108 inc VAT):
DJI Phantom 3 Standard + 3 days flight training + UAPQ-s


Be Inspired

DJI Inspire 1 example packages

£4035+VAT (£4842 inc VAT):
DJI Inspire 1 (single operator) + 3 days flight training + UAPQ-s

£4339+VAT (£5206.80 inc VAT):
DJI Inspire 1 (dual operator) + 3 days flight training + UAPQ-s

£5133+VAT (£6159.60 inc VAT):
DJI Inspire 1 Professional (X5 camera) (single operator) + 3 days flight training + UAPQ-s

£7465+VAT (£8958 inc VAT):
DJI Inspire 1 Professional (X5R camera) (dual operator) + 3 days flight training + UAPQ-s


Reach for the sky

Custom and larger drones

If you are looking at larger drones such as the DJI S900 and S1000 or would like us to spec you up a custom drone, please let us know and we can tailor a package to your needs!


Example timeline:

  1. Purchase package via The Aerial Academy
  2. Decide on “knowledge” training and assessment date at your chosen Whispercam centre (Norwich and Cardiff are most logical if building a training package which could be in the same week as the knowledge day).
  3. Prepare for “knowledge” day
  4. Attend flight training (3 days)
  5. Attend knowledge day and hopefully pass the examination (1 day)
  6. Prepare Operations Manual
  7. Submit Operations Manual
  8. Source insurance (not included in package but we can provide contacts)
  9. Attend flight assessment at the same Whispercam centre and hopefully pass
  10. Once you have completed the knowledge aspect and the flight assessment you are awarded your UAPQ-s
  11. Apply to the CAA for your Permission for Aerial Work (costs £112 0-7Kg and £224 0-20Kg)

The time taken for a candidate to go through this process varies considerably but we will do our best to support you to succeed in your chosen timescale.

So in summary you get:

  • A drone
  • Top notch practical training
  • A CAA recognised UAS qualification
  • Support through the process of applying for your PFAW
  • Access to some of the most knowledgeable people in the market to help you get your ideas off the ground.

We look forward to collaborating with you!