Anyone who wants to fly a drone for commercial operations (previously referred to as 'aerial work') needs a permission from the CAA known as a 'Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO)'.
Until August 2016 this was known as a 'Permission for Aerial Work (PFAW)'. PFAWs will continue to be around until August 2017 as existing PFAWs will be converted to PfCOs on renewal.
This Permission lasts for 12 months. To gain this Permission from the CAA, you will need to:
- be at least 18 years of age
- demonstrate a sufficient understanding of aviation theory (airmanship, airspace, aviation law and good flying practice)*
- develop procedures for conducting flights, set out in an Operations Manual
- pass a practical Operational Flight Assessment (flight test)
*Concessions against the theory part of the course are possible. See Section 2, Chapter 4 of CAP 722 for full details.