Course Testimonials

“We would 100% recommend RUSTA, they set the standards high, are true aviation specialists and have an unprecedented background in the UAV sector. As professionals ourselves it was imperative we were trained by the best and having looked around no one met these criteria but RUSTA. It’s nice to see a real NQE keeping up standards and presenting a professional approach in the Industry.”

Jason Woodcock, Founder & MD, UAS Flight Ops

I did a lot of research into gaining my PFCO from the CAA and looked for a reputable source of training.  With an established background in aviation and working full time I noticed that RUSTA was one of only several companies providing the full online training. 

I signed up and the process was completely trouble free and very responsive from my first submission. I was instantly given access to the online portal, which was easy to navigate. The learning content of the online learning package was straight forward concise and easy to interpret.  After 6 hours of online training I then waited to receive the aide memoir in the post, which would help to underpin the knowledge I gained from the online portal. 

After reading through this I took the mock exam and scored very well. I then used the online portal and the documentation I received in order to brush up on the theory, progress to the writing of my Operations Manual and to prepare for my Operational Evaluation. At this point all contact was virtual until I met the guys behind RUSTA. 

With a Laid back but extremely professional approach, coupled with a huge amount of aviation experience from both manned and unmanned platforms, they quickly made me feel at ease. Dan and Sion from RUSTA could not do enough to go out their way to accommodate me on my operational evaluation. To that end I am now in a position to apply for my CAA approval. 

In terms of service it was responsive, professional and second to none. Given that I was a virtual student I had never met the examiner before but instantly felt at ease. The guys at RUSTA offer a great service and they can’t help enough with any queries or questions you may have.  I would thoroughly recommend the online course for the simplicity and freedom to be able to complete around a busy work schedule.  

If there were a downside it would be that I never got to meet other colleagues and share their experiences. However upon meeting the other candidates and the instructors on the flight test day I didn’t feel like an outsider. 

 Always happy to help and nothing was too much trouble. 

 I would recommend the online course

Big thanks to the guys at RUSTA it’s the way forward.”

Chris Wilson – Director of Aeroscape

Online Course


“The course exceeded my expectations, I didn’t expect it to be as professional as it was or have such an experienced tutor.  I honestly feel privileged to have sat the course and most importantly I feel like I have the tools to make the correct judgements when operating a UAV.  I feel properly educated in all aspects of the technology and that leaves me in good stead going forwards.”

Steve Todd, Producer Director – The Mountain (BBC)
Newcastle course


“Thanks to the course I am confident I am better prepared for running the business and flying my drones legally and commercially. I am sure the benefits of taking the course will more than pay for itself and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone in a similar position of having aviation experience but being new to drones and aerial work.”

Jon, Commercial Pilot
Bristol course


“Excellent course, I would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone I know who is looking to go for their PfCO. The instructor was very enthusiastic about the course contents and his experience and passion stood out when he was presenting the course.”

Mo Thomson, Professional Photographer,
Edinburgh course


“The course was very interesting with lots of great information, invoking deeper thought into all aspects of planning and flying UAV’s. The instructor’s delivery of the material brought the subject to life, which was further added to by his and his co-instructor’s experiences in aviation.”

Heulwyn Roberts
Newcastle course


“The instructor was superb.  I have attended many, many courses whilst serving in the Police over the last 26 years and he has to be one of the best Trainers I have the pleasure of being in the classroom with.  His anecdotes were excellent, as was his ability to keep the learning on track.  10/10 highly recommended.”

Rich, Professional Photographer, Richard Lewis Photography
Bristol course


“I thought the course was excellent! I thoroughly enjoy it. Relaxed yet very informative. The instructor’s RAF experience shone through, his delivery and tone (and sense of humour!) was first class and absolutely instilled confidence. A consummate professional.”

Neil Crawford, Crawford Aerial Imaging
Edinburgh course


“It was informative, interesting, good natured, collaborative (students helping each other), well paced and invaluable.”

Glen Rigby, Freelance Photographer
Blackpool course