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.

The CAA is the UK’s specialist aviation regulator. Through its skills and expertise it is recognised as a world leader in its field.

Cambridge UAV Academy (CUAVA) is a full National Qualified Entity (NQE) and 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.


CUAVA provide intensive two-day UAV ground school courses, as well as in-house training and distance learning courses, delivering the training and assessment required to achieve the CAP-C certificate. They’ll train you for the exam and will review and approve your operations manual post-course. Once this is complete, they’ll then assess your practical flying skills through a test at their private airfield at a later date. 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

RUSTA, 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’.

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.

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.

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. 

3iC

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

Based in Oxfordshire, Aerial Motion Pictures is a one-stop shop for all things drone, able to provide the latest UAV equipment as well as training and full CAA commercial certification. As a National Qualified Entity, AMP offers a new, streamlined route to getting a PfAW with its highly-regarded ICARUS training courses taught by an extremely experienced team of ex-military helicopter instructors and professional drone operators. AMP strives to offer stellar customer service and absolute professionalism, with a motto of increasing safety through education

Resource Group has been accredited as a National Qualified Entity (Small Unmanned Aircraft)- NQE (SUA) by the CAA. This approval permits Resource Group’s Unmanned Aviation Services division to assess and provide recommendations to the UK CAA for pilot competency, and verify that organisations meet the CAA requirements for Permissions to Operate.

Heliguy are a UAV specialist with ties to all elements of the industry and an understanding of the UK unmanned environment. We specialise in professional sub 20KG drones catering to a range of existing industries such as cinematography and emerging applications such as agriculture and inspection. As the longest standing DJI Dealer and official UK DJI repair centre we can effectively support clients through all stages of their drone experience. Heliguy provide an in-house CAA-approved course that has been designed to breed safe and accountable pilots to help sustain our industry.

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.

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. We have unique training materials and courseware that will enable us to guide you towards gaining your PFAW, using the best instruction and training delivery to be found anywhere in the aviation industry. We will make it exciting and fun. We will share our knowledge and our experience to enable you to pass out as a truly safe, effective and legally compliant drone pilot. Our customers benefit from being taught the skills and attitudes that any pilot needs to fly safely and with confidence.

Drone use is growing at a rapid rate in the UK and our skies are some of the busiest anywhere in the world. Dronesafe.uk 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.

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. 

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.