Permission for Commercial Operation


What is Permission for Commercial Operation?

Permission for Commercial Operation is a CAA requirement if you wish to fly Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS), small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones on a commercial basis (conducting ‘aerial work’ for payment or valuable consideration), or fly a camera/surveillance fitted aircraft within congested areas or close to people and properties that are not under your control.

How do I apply for PFCO?

RUSTA is recognised by the CAA as a National Qualified Entity (NQE). This allows RUSTA to deliver courses that train and assess candidates on their overall airmanship skills, knowledge and operating capabilities. On successful completion pilots can operate safely, in strict accordance with CAA regulations, and can obtain PfCO to fly legally in the UK.

To apply for PfCO, candidates are required to complete RUSTA’s UAV Training Course (Remote Pilot Certificate SUAS) successfully.