Useful companies and organisations

Industry Links

We have included a selection of links to third party organisations that we feel will be useful to drone operators.

UK Training Centres

If you are looking for training on drones within the UK then below you can find a list of useful sites we think you might find beneficial: 

Commerical UAV Academy (CUAVA) will equip you with the knowledge you need to gain the CAA-approved Cambridge Academy Proof of Competency (CAP-C) certificate and legally pilot a UAV on a commercial basis. With a range of course options and their money-back pass guarantee you’ll be gaining invaluable industry insight from some of the most experienced UAV operators in the business. All of CUAVA’s course instructors are seasoned professional pilots, with a wealth of commercial experience – both on the ground and in the air – to pass on to their students

COPTRZ are one of the UK’s leading commercial drone solution providers. COPTRZ exist to enable businesses and governmental organisations to get the most from drone technology. To date, COPTRZ has helped over 1000 businesses to access the benefits of drone technology, providing cheaper, faster and safer operational capability. By providing you with a complete solution, through best-in-world drones (also known as UAVs), payloadssoftwaretraining and consultancy to deliver the best possible drone strategy for your organisation. Contact COPTRZ to revolutionise your organisation with drones.
Flyby Technology in association with Pilotwise International Ltd, has nearly 40 years experience of training system design and delivery for over 20 air forces worldwide. All instructors are ex-military pilots, and each has thousands of hours of experience training fighter and helicopter pilots. We have over 100,000 flying hours of hard-won experience in dynamic and rapidly changing situations. We want to pass on that experience to you and we believe that pilots need to be trained by pilots.
Phoenix UAV Centre is a specialist flight training and general UAV services company. Phoenix carry approval from EuroUSC™ to provide flight training for the Basic National UAS Certificate – Small Unmanned Aircraft (BNUC-S™) for Rotary aircraft.

UAVAir is a CAA Approved NQE; our training designed by airline pilots & professional drone operators, bringing the best of both worlds together. The combined knowledge of the executive training team comprises of over 40 years of flying, 20,000 commercial hours, 8 years in the civilian drone industry including hundreds of sub-20kg drone operations. Our external instructors are current practising PFAW operators. We offer solutions not only to get you qualified with our unique 3-day course held across the UK but also bespoke b2b industry options, utilising excellent UAV training facilities in Europe, leveraging our exclusive agreement with the ATLAS centre in Spain.

UAVHUB is a one-stop-shop for all things drone, able to provide the latest UAV equipment including DJI, Freefly Systems and Parrot. As the UK’s first Recognised Assessment Entity, UAVHUB offers a streamlined route to getting an Operational Authorisation from the CAA with its highly-regarded ICARUS drone training courses including the GVC and A2 C of C, All our courses are taught by an extremely experienced team of ex-military helicopter instructors and professional drone operators. UAVHUB strives to offer stellar customer service and absolute professionalism, with its company mission statement of ‘Setting the Standard for Unmanned Aviation Training’.
3iC provides simple and flexible PfCO training in the UK. 3iC has been accredited by the CAA as a National Qualified Entity and benefits from many years of experience in manned and unmanned commercial operations and business environments. The company was founded to bring the best of these worlds together and focus on the exciting and rapidly growing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry. 3iC’s core team members have wide and deep experience in the safety critical aviation industry. We provide our clients with Safety focused professional drone training, consultancy and operational support
Hummingbird UAV are a CAA approved NQE with instructors and assessors who are both Commercial Helicopter Pilots and Commercial Drone Pilots. With over 30 years of manned and unmanned aviation experience between us, our knowledge and instruction is second to none. The Permission for Commercial Operation course is taught in an informal, enjoyable and professional environment. As well as the PfCO course, specialist and bespoke UAV bolt-ons are also available including photography, emergency services and rail.
Rheinmetall Unmanned Systems Training Academy, is owned by Rheinmetall Technical Publications UK with facilities in Bristol and Blackpool. RUSTA is a CAA-approved National Qualified Entity operating in the UK and delivering courses for the award of Permission for Aerial Work (PFAW). RUSTA offers training courses at a number of UK locations as well as being able to deliver courses at the customer’s premises if required. RUSTA recognises the individual needs of its customers and is willing to modify its training accordingly. The driving principle behind RUSTA is to establish ‘Training for Safe Operation’.

Serious about becoming a professional Remote Pilot? Then look no further than UAV8 Ltd. We deliver high quality Drone Pilot Training solutions for the CAA Permission for Commercial Operations (PFCO), the A2 Certificate of Competence (A2 COC) and the General VLOS Certificate (GVC). UAV8 Ltd always put the client first and excel in delivering first class aviation instruction, no wonder we are becoming known as one of the leading training providers of Drone Pilot training in the UK.

Professional Drone Training Ltd deliver the highest quality Drone Pilot training and are approved by the Civil Aviation Authority as a Recognised Assessment Entity (RAE 8305). We put customer service at the top of every agenda and have only one aim, to help you achieve your PfCO/GVC and A2 C of C as quickly, easily and cost effectively as possible.


If you need help in choosing the right drone or are in the market to find out more the links below might be helpful:™ is an industry-leading and multi award-winning UAS company, specialising in DJI drones. Recognised as a DJI Gold Partner, and with premises in the UK and USA,™ provides specialist supply, support and training to enable commercial drone programmes around the world to thrive. As a true one-stop-shop,™ stocks a range of consumer and enterprise drones and payloads, offers a rental service, and has an in-house Authorised DJI Repair Center and R&D lab. As a CAA-approved NQE and RAE,™ offers industry-leading drone training online and at a range of stunning UK locations. 

iRed is revolutionising how people and companies do inspections. Founded in 2002, iRed’s team of industry experts use thermal imaging, multispectral, photogrammetry and drone deployment technologies to deliver surveys, training and equipment solutions nationwide. Specifically designed for new and experienced drone pilots looking to extend their skills, we’re proud to have the largest range of industry-focused drone courses available in the UK. iRed is a DJI Enterprise Partner, CAA Approved NQE, and leading supplier of specialist drone platforms, sensors, and enterprise support.

Wingtra is the producer of the WingtraOne, the first commercially successful vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone. WingtraOne is used by geospatial and industry professionals around the world to conduct surveys with unprecedented accuracy. WingtraOne takes-off and lands as a multicopter but flies in the air as a fixed wing aircraft. VTOL eliminates the risk of damaging the aircraft while landing and lets the drone carry heavier and thus better sensors (e.g. 40MP Sony RX1RII). Thanks to this technology, this mapping drone allows surveys up to 80% faster than with land-based equipment or multirotor drones.

Associates & Partners

Below you’ll find a list of recognised industry bodies and platforms you should know about if you are involved with drones, whether professionally or recreationally:

ARPAS-UK are the UK’s leading professional RPAS association and are the only non-commercial professional body, solely representing SUA operators and manufacturers in the UK. The Association has no commercial interests; all income is used to further the interests of the membership and to ensure that the industry remains fair, safe and open. ARPAS-UK and its members believe that using a SUA commercially should be both safe and legal. The Association supports a culture of best practice and promote s the highest levels of professionalism amongst all its members.

Drone Safe Register™ (DSR) is the UK’s leading drone hire website. With exceptional coverage across the nation, DSR makes the process of locating a safe and legal drone pilot quick and easy. All DSR drone pilots have all been pre-checked for CAA approval and valid commercial insurance, making the platform the safest place to locate a legal commercial drone pilot. Launched in 2015, DSR heavily markets their approved pilots to anybody looking to hire a safe and legal drone pilot. No matter what the aerial service required, DSR has nationwide drone pilots available for hire.
Drone use is growing at a rapid rate in the UK and our skies are some of the busiest anywhere in the world. is designed to help ensure that drone users in the UK can easily access the information they need about how to fly their drones safely and legally, without endangering others.
The CAA is the UK’s specialist aviation regulator. Through its skills and expertise it is recognised as a world leader in its field.

Dronedesk is the beautifully simple business admin and flight planning application for commercial drone operators in the UK. Forget paper, spreadsheets and visiting ten different websites to get the information you need, Dronedesk is in the cloud and has everything you need in a single app. Everything! It has lead generation, quoting & invoicing, asset & team management, flight logging & reporting and an amazing flight planning suite which will save you 45 minutes for every flight you plan. Drondesk helps you get compliant, organised and efficient and makes it a breeze to stay that way. Join 100’s of other drone professionals and enjoy less admin, more flying!

DARe-3D – Drone Services PfCO Operator. We will work with you to create and develop a specific package tailored to your needs. Over 20 years` experience in the Construction Industry offering a wide range of services including site photography, property promotion, structural inspections and 3D surveys. DARe-3D – Drone Hire. Unique Business to Business Drone Kit Hire service, enabling businesses to hire and benefit from our wide range of specialist drone equipment using our custom-built online Drone Kit Hire platform. DARe-3D – Drone Sales. Supplying consumer and professional drones & accessories for almost any purpose.

Information has been provided by the relevant body or organisation and we recommend that you contact them to clarify their services further.

If you would like us to consider adding your company to this list, please contact us.