The FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical is a practical achievement for members who want to improve their practical know-how and flying skills. It is entirely optional and is done for the member’s own pleasure and sense of achievement – and to improve their confidence.
To achieve the certificate, the member must be able to safely and competently prepare and fly their aircraft through a number of prescribed manoeuvres.
Members can achieve the Certificate of Competency: Practical through their own individual practice, with or without help from a local mentor, followed by an assessment with an FPV UK examiner. Or they can attend a training course with an FPV UK approved training organisation.
There is no charge for the FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical examination from FPV UK and those who hold it pay a lower excess in the event of an insurance claim (terms and conditions apply – please see the FPV UK handbook). Your examiner may charge you for their time and expenses, etc and they will make this clear to you when you first contact them.
Member/ examiner guidance is available here.
Examiner’s check sheet is available here.
When completed, the member’s membership certificate and membership card will show that they have achieved the Certificate of Competency: Practical.
If you know your stuff and you would like to give something back to the community please become an FPV UK mentor or become an FPV UK examiner
If you represent a training provider and you would like to offer this training course please get in touch here.
Martin has been flying drones for several years, and he would like to help others in the hobby.
Martin has flown many types, and he currently owns a DJI Mini 2 and DJI Inspire 1.
He is available as a mentor for the FPV UK certificate of competency: practical in the Liskeard area, in Cornwall.
Darren has been flying drones for more than two years, and his drone photography is award winning!
He does lots of charity work and highlights local events, etc with his work. He holds the CAA A2 CofC.
Darren flies a DJI Mavic 3 and DJI Mini 3 Pro, and he is based in North Devon near Ilfracombe.
Darren is available as a mentor and examiner for the FPV UK CofC: Practical.
Christian has been flying drone and model aircraft for about 17 years.
He is available as a mentor and examiner in the Wellington, Somerset area.
Mehran has been building R/C kits and predominantly flying helicopters since early 1990 and became a competent 3D flyer. He obtained his B certificate and for a number of years he was an approved instructor for a local flying club.
Mehran started his drone journey back in 2016 and his passion for flying drones grew very quickly. He holds his A2 CofC and GVC.
The first drone he purchased was a DJI Mavic Pro. He now owns a DJI Mini 3 Pro which he loves for fun flying.
Mehran is based in Exeter, Devon and he is happy to travel around the Devon and Somerset area to help other drone fliers to achieve their goal and help grow the drone community. Whilst making it a safer environment for everyone to enjoy this great hobby.
He is happy to travel up to 50 miles (with reimbursement of fuel costs beyond the first 20 miles).
Roger is available as a mentor and/ or examiner for members taking their FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical in the Devon Area. He is willing to travel with costs being paid.
He is the Accountable Manager for a Marine Civil Engineering business, a company which employees 2 operators (inc. Roger) and use the drones mostly for publicity. He is also the Accountable Manager within for the business’s Ops Manual and Operational Authorisation in the specific cat UKPDRA-01.
He has experience in flying DJI Phantom 2, Mini 2, Mavic Pro & more recently Avata.
In addition to his amazing maritime drone filming work on the south coast, Maritime Filming’s lead pilot Alex teaches the FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical in the Southampton/ Winchester area.
Alex may also be able to travel to you by request.
Paul has been flying model aircraft for 39 years including drones for 8 years. He currently flies a DJI Mavic Air 2, a DJI Mavic Mini 2 and Blade helicopters.
Paul is available as an FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical examiner and/ or mentor in the Bournemouth area.
Bruce enjoys flying a Bugs5W and DJI Mavic Air drone for fun, and has flown experimental drones that he could tell you about, but then he’d have to kill you!
He is happy to help those preparing for their FPV UK Certificate of Comptency: Practical as a mentor in the Southampton area.
Ben has tons of experience of flying and building quadcopters and FPV wings. He spends most weekends flying with a group in the Chichester area and is happy to mentor members who are training towards their FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical.
John has been a qualified full size flying instructor and examiner for more than 30 years. He is also an Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO) and has run CAA courses on radiotelephone aviation law, navigation etc.
John has been flying drones for the last twelve years and is keen to help keep the hobby alive as an examiner for the FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical. John is happy to travel to you within Sussex (with reimbursement of his fuel costs).
Sheldon has been building and flying model aircraft since he was a boy. Including turboprops! He also flies full sized aeroplanes.
Sheldon is available as an examiner for your Certificate of Competency: Practical in the Brighton area.
Andi flies a DJI Mavic 3 and is available as a mentor and examiner in London.
James is available as a mentor and examiner for those taking their FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical in the South London area.
Steve has flown all-manner of RC aircraft and vehicles since the age of 8 and has been a club examiner and instructor. Steve has built and flown a multitude of quad and hexacopters over the last 7-8 years and currently has a Pixhawk powered Tarot 680 pro Hex, around five 450 size Quads all running APM, a selection of toy quads and a DJI Mavic Pro that he’s flown for the last two years.
Steve can travel around the Kent and Medway area and may be able to offer an area in which to fly for tests if required.
Chris has been flying all types of radio control model aircraft for most of his life. He switched to drone flying in 2014.
Chris owns numerous DJI drones which he flies for his passion of photography. He has plenty of experience teaching aircraft safety and teaching people to fly a variety of drones one to one.
Chris is available to mentor or examine those doing their FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical in East Anglia and is prepared to travel with reimbursement of fuel costs.
Brian has been building and flying RC models for over fifty years, including building and flying quadcopters and octocopters for the last seven years.
He has previously been a club instructor, and club chairman and built and flew several large scale aircraft demonstrations at large displays up and down the county (including a 1/4 scale Lancaster)!
He is now available as a mentor and examiner for the FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical course in the West Wales area.
Marcin has over 6 years experience flying drones. He has recently begun flying drones professionally.
Marcin flies the DJI FPV, HAWK PRO, I-FLIGHT Cinematic, Tiny hawk, Gepro 80x, and several of his own built aircraft from 20g upto 5kg.
Marcin is available as a mentor and examiner for the FPV UK certificate of competency: practical in the Luton area.
Neil has been flying RC since the age of eight! Predominantly helicopters originally and by the age of 14 he was flying 3D and teaching via buddy-box at his local club! He then got into multi-rotors about seven years ago. On his Youtube channel ‘NJ Tech’, Neil has put out countless technical videos helping pilots understand all things FPV multirotor.
He has helped many people get in the air, from technical solutions to practical technique. And it’s probably no surprise that Neil is very patient with those struggling to learn. Neil is available as a mentor or examiner for those taking their FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical in the Bedford area.
Neil is based in South Wales and is happy to sign you off for your FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical examination.
Mark is an A2 CofC holder and is keen to help other members as a mentor/ examiner for the FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical.
He is available in the Leicesthire area.
Mike is available to help members achieve their FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical as either a mentor or examiner in the Derbyshire area.
Geraint is based in North Wales and is happy to sign you off for your FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical examination.
Simon has been flying DJI drones for over 5 years. He has photographed and filmed landscapes, music festivals, worked with the press and BBC HW and Midlands.
Simon has had his work published online, in the press and on TV.
He has trained several others to fly safely and is now available as a mentor and examiner for the FPV UK Certificate of competency: practical in the Stourbridge area.
John describes himself as ‘a helpful sort of bloke from the Black Country’ – which we love!
An NVQ asessor for 21 years, from Level 2 upto Degree Level students, John also has his A2 CofC and GVC qualifications. He mostly flies DJI aircraft (from Mini 2 to Inspire 1 Pro) although he also has a GoPro Karma which still works perfectly!
John is available to help members with their FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical in the Walsall, West Midlands area.
Gorilla Drones LTD is a commercial drone operator providing exceptional quality photography and film work, utilising both ‘traditional’ drones, as well as FPV cine drones. They also provide asset inspections, specialist data capture and post production. The company has an Operational Authorisation from the CAA to enable flight operations in the Specific category, additionally to the Open category.
Neil Rutter, the owner of Gorilla Drones, is willing to assist members with their FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical in the West Midlands area as a mentor and/ or examiner.
Lance is one of the original members of FPV UK from 2009. He has been flying RC, IC and Electric helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and multicopters; both LOS and FPV for over 50 years in total.
Lance founded an RC Helicopter Club primarily aimed at providing training for dedicated beginners and has passed both the BMFA ‘A’ Helicopter and PfCO certificates. He now mostly flies the DJI Inspire 2 and DJI Mavic Pro drones.
Lance is available for mentoring or examination towards the FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical course in the Northants area.
Carl is a big believer in encouraging members to improve their UAV piloting standards and is willing to assist members in the North Lincolnshire area as a mentor and FPV UK CofC: Practical examiner.
Carl holds a PfCO and A2 CofC.
Matthew is a displaced airline pilot who has developed a keen interest in drones and operates them commercially. From building small Cinewhops to flying a Mavic 2 Pro for inspection. Matthew currently has a Mavic Mini 2, a Mavic 2 Pro, an Iflight Bumblebee and DJI’s new FPV Drone.
Matthew also works at Halo Drones as an Instructor/Examiner for the GVC/OA and he conducts training and examinations at a farm in Lymm near Warrington – as well as conducting online Remote Theory Tests and Reviewing Ops Manuals.
Matthew has access to a suitable field for training and examinations for the FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical
Chris has been flying DJI drones since 2016 in the UK and Europe as a keen hobbyist and photographer.
He is available for mentoring those new to drone flying and more experienced pilots in preparing for and taking their Certificate of Competency:Practical. Chris is experienced in training and mentoring in a number of different disciplines and is able to deliver this with a patient, encouraging and inspiring approach.
Chris is willing to travel in the Yorkshire and Humberside areas with reimbursement of travel costs.
Mark began building and flying model aircraft when he was a boy. He was co-founder and Director of FirstPersonView.co.uk and Drone Doctor between 2008 and 2018. During this time Mark built, flew and repaired more FPV, drones and radio control aircraft than you can shake a stick at!
He is available for training, mentoring and examinations for the FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical in York.
Based in Darlington, Andy holds Operational Authorisation from the CAA (UAS14031), A2 Certificate of Competency and is EASA A1/A3 Registered.
He has been flying a range of UAV’s for 18 months and has quickly ascended through the various competencies. His principle role in engineering within the oil&gas and petrochemical industries has contributed to his strong ‘safety first’ ethos which he has carried through to his flight planning and approach to risk assessments prior to taking to the air.
Keen to develop the skills base within the community Andy is practical, patient and approachable so feel free to get in touch with any questions if you are thinking about enhancing your own knowledge and airmanship.
Steve is based in Redcar and is available as a mentor or examiner for your FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical.
Callum is based in Ayrshire, Scotland and has been flying radio control for about ten years. He mostly flies DJI quads.
Callum is available as an examiner for those taking their FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical in the Ayrshire area.
Rick flies large fixed wing aircraft and can offer fixed wing training.
He also flies electric helicopters and DJI Mini 2 & Air 2S.
Rick is available as an examiner for the Certificate of Competency: Practical in the North Ayrshire area.
Jamie has been teaching people to fly drones for five years. He delivered PfCO courses for UAVHUB (when it was called ICARUS), and Consortiq and carried out their flight training and assessments.
Currently he runs the new legislation courses for Consortiq and carries out flight assessments for them, UAVHUB and AV-8. He also teaches flight skills under the auspices of Consortiq.
Jamie is based in Glasgow and predominantly flies DJI aircraft. He has also recently started flying freestyle quads and Cinewhoops using FPV.
In addition, Jamie runs his own business as a drone trainer, photographer/ videographer and has flown for both Channel 5 and the BBC. He mainly focuses
on video work for businesses in his area.
Jamie is available as a mentor and examiner for the FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical in the Glasgow area.
Richard is based in Glasgow and is available as a mentor or examiner for your FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical.
Dave has been in aviation for over 40 years. 12 years in the RAF and the remainder as a CAA licensed aircraft engineer B1/B2.
He is currently the airworthiness and flight sim manager at Dundee airport and he holds a light aircraft pilots licence.
Graham has been building and flying mostly electric helicopters for ten years, from Align 600 down to 150 size. He has also been building and flying drones and FPV quads for the last 5 years. Graham also flies his DJI Phantom & Mavic Pro for photography and filming.
Graham is a moderator on RC-hangout.com, a website set up for people all over the world to help like minded enthusiasts with all things RC related from boats, cars, helicopters and drones. And he’s available to act as an examiner for your FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical exam in the Fort William and Glencoe area of Scotland.
John is a retired Airline Captain with extensive experience of flight instruction across the board.
John has a passion for anything that flies and that includes unmanned aircraft. He has 35 acres of open land available for training and exam flights near Lybster, Caithness in the North of Scotland and can offer mentoring, training, and examinations for your FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical.
Robert is a drone pilot instructor in Northern Ireland with a fully insured twenty acre site on the outskirts of Belfast.
He is available as a mentor and examiner for members taking their FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical in Northern Ireland.
Alan is available as a mentor and/ or examiner for members taking their FPV UK Certificate of Comptency: Practical in Northern Ireland.
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