Why do your PfCO Course online?

Our ICARUS PfCO Online Drone Course is our most flexible option to get your PfCO from the CAA. Simply book a date for your theory examination and complete all the modules before you attend

  • Learn the CAA PfCO Syllabus at your own pace

  • Do your Theory Examination at one of our training centres

  • Complete your Practical Examination on a mutually convenient date

How does the Online PfCO Course work?


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Don't forget, our ICARUS Pro Online Course comes with an Operations Manual

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Your E-Learning Instructor

  • Matthew Williams

    Head of Drone Operations

    Matthew Williams

    A leading light within the international aviation community with deep-seated roots within the unmanned training and operational delivery sectors. Matt has built a number of successful businesses centred around the ever-evolving unmanned aircraft space.He continues to manage an ever-growing team at the UK's leading unmanned aircraft training and operations company and also consults at the very highest levels in the sector in order to help explore and deliver practical and pragmatic solutions to problems faced by both regulatory bodies worldwide and those looking to exploit options to operate within regulatory frameworks.

The Syllabus

Broken down into easily digestible short videos to learn at your own pace

  • 1
    ICARUS E-Learning
    • How to access your resources
    • Scope
    • About Aerial Motion Pictures - ICARUS
    • About your Instructor
    • The ICARUS Course
    • The Operations Manual
    • The Theory Examination
    • The Operational Evaluation
    • The Online Courses Modules
    • Summary
    • Introduction Quiz
  • 2
    Downloadable Resources
    • Aide Memoir for Theory Course
    • Operations Manual Template
    • Planning Guide
    • Pre-site Survey Checklist
    • On-site Survey Checklist
    • Crew Briefing
  • 3
    Air Law
    • Scope
    • Overview
    • Names for Drones
    • Definition of Commercial Operation
    • Definition of Congested Area
    • Controlled & Uncontrolled Airspace
    • Aviation Governing Bodies
    • Flight Information Regions
    • CAP 393 Air Navigation Order - Articles 94 & 95
    • CAP 722 Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace Guidance
    • Collision Avoidance
    • The PfCO
    • Summary
    • Air Law Quiz
  • 4
    Principles of Flight
    • Scope
    • Lift
    • Control Surfaces
    • Multi-rotor control
    • Command and Control
    • Flight Controller Modes
    • Density Altitude
    • Operational Limitations
    • Vortex Ring
    • Summary
    • Principles of Flight Quiz
  • 5
    Meteorology
    • Scope
    • Overview
    • Cloud Types - Cumulonimbus (CB)
    • Cloud Types - Fog
    • Wind
    • Turbulence & Urban Effects
    • Precipitation
    • Temperature
    • Weather Fronts
    • METAR & TAF
    • METAR Examples
    • Long Term Forecast TAF Examples
    • Space Weather
    • Summary
    • Meteorology Quiz
  • 6
    Airspace & Operating Principles
    • Scope
    • Overview
    • Controlled Airspace
    • Uncontrolled Airspace
    • Specific Airspace
    • NOTAMs
    • Visual Line of Sight
    • Small Unmanned Systems Operations
    • Summary
    • Airspace & Operating Principles Quiz
  • 7
    Operations Manual & Risk Assessments
    • Scope
    • The Operations Manual
    • What goes into an Operations Manual?
    • Risk Assessments
    • Summary
    • OM & Risk Assessment Quiz
  • 8
    LiPo Batteries
    • Scope
    • Dangers
    • Construction
    • Description Codes
    • Charging
    • Usage
    • Storage
    • Disposal
    • Summary
    • LiPo Batteries Quiz
  • 9
    Human Factors
    • Scope
    • Overview
    • Airmanship
    • Medical Fitness
    • Fatigue
    • Outdoor & Lone Working
    • Crew Resource Management
    • Physiological
    • Stress & Pressure
    • Situational Awareness
    • Complacency
    • Summary
    • Human Factors Quiz
  • 10
    Operator Responsibilities & Airmanship
    • Scope
    • Airmanship
    • Collision Avoidance
    • Planning
    • Go No Go Decisions
    • Separation Distances
    • Logging Flights
    • Incident Reporting
    • Airprox Reporting
    • Insurance
    • Flight Reference Cards
    • Emergencies
    • Maintenance
    • Summary
    • Operator Responsibilities & Airmanship Quiz
  • 11
    Navigation
    • Scope
    • Grid References
    • Latitude & Longitude
    • Aviation Charts
    • GPS
    • Summary
    • Navigation
  • 12
    Flight Planning
    • Scope
    • Tools
    • Local Emergency Services
    • Equipment
    • Planning & Execution Guide
    • Flight Planning Example
    • Briefing
    • Summary
    • Flight Planning Quiz
  • 13
    Operational Evaluation
    • Understanding the OE (Flight Examination)
    • Flight Examination Manoeuvres
  • 14
    Operations Manual
    • How to submit your Operations Manual

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