Basic Remote Operator Course

Interactive BRO Coursebook

Mock Theory Examination

BRO Course Guidance Document

Operations Manual Review Process

1 Day Theoretical Ground School Course

Theoretical Examination & Practical Assessment

* Free Operations Manual Creation Template

* Free Full Day Practical Skills Training Session


BRO Package



CAA Approved Course

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Welcome to the European Advanced Drone Academy


Approved NQE 5741

The European Advanced Drone Academy are a National Qualified Entity offering the Basic Remote Operator course. We are appointed by the Civil Aviation Authority in the United Kingdom to issue recommendations regarding operator competency. Proof of competency is required by everyone who wishes to apply for a Permission for Commercial Operations.

The Basic Remote Operator course is our intuitive, interactive offering designed to provide all of the knowledge you need as set out by the CAA syllabus, whilst our friendly, professional team will be there to nurture you through the course until you can spread your wings and fly the nest as a fully fledged commercial ‘drone‘ operator.

Basic Remote Operator Course

CAA Approved PfCO Course

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Take it Easy

Put your Feet up & Take it Easy with Our Home Learning

Put your Feet up!

Here at the European Advanced Drone Academy, we know just exactly how hard it can be to fit everything into your working week. Be it busy at work or running around after the kids, there just never seems to be enough hours in the day to do the things you want to.

Our unique home learning element of the Civil Aviation Authority approved, Basic Remote Operator course allows you to sit back in your favourite arm chair in the comfort of your own home with a nice mug of tea and study the required syllabus in easy to follow ‘bite sized‘ chunks.

Weekday or Weekend Ground School Options

Weekday or Weekend Ground School Options

Once you have completed your ‘home learning‘ element and have reassured yourself by taking the ‘online mock examination‘, you can book into one of the ground school days.

We offer a choice of weekday and weekend ground school courses every month so that there will be an option to suit everyone.

This is your chance to ask questions and ensure that you posses a true working knowledge of the required regulations and laws in a relaxed friendly atmosphere before commencing onto the next qualifying stage.

Weekend BRO Courses

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Can't Get Time Off?

If you can’t get time off work or weekdays are just too difficult to fit a course into then don’t worry. We’re here for you at the European Advanced Drone Academy offering weekend courses.

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Bespoke Courses

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Tailored to Your Needs

We can create fully customised courses to meet your specific requirements. Perhaps you require a BRO course to be conducted at your place of work for a select number of candidates.

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Still Need More Flexibility?

Need More Flexibility?

It is a simple fact that some people just cannot get away from home or spare the time for even a one day ground school course. Here at the EADA we hear what you are saying.

With this in mind, we can arrange to travel to a suitable location near yourself or even at your place of work and conduct the ground school right there. This appeals to organisations who wish to certify multiple pilots during normal working hours, single parents with young children and countless more.

Whatever your circumstances, why not give us a call on 03301 132 751 to discuss your individual requirements or use the contact form to drop us a line.

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What Do Our Customers Think?

What Our Customers Think?

“I thought the ground school course was very good, the course instructors were very friendly and helpful. I think the course was good value for money and rate it excellent overall”

“Great value for money, Steve and Rich were incredibly knowledgeable and helped me create a PfCO that worked for me!”

“The course was informative and given in a way that was easy to understand. It was a fun day, with like-minded people in a comfortable, relaxed environment”

“Great value for money, Steve and Rich were incredibly knowledgeable and helped me create a PfCO that worked for me!”

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Welcome to EADA

Can I work for or with the European Advanced Drone Academy?2018-04-06T22:58:45+00:00

Of course you can. The European Advanced Drone Academy are always on the look-out for hard working conscientious individuals who are passionate about the ‘drone’ industry. Why not click on the button below to access the application form and send us the latest version of your curriculum vitae today.

Click Here to Send Your C.V.
How do you write an Operations Manual?2018-04-06T22:58:52+00:00

This is a common question. However, we provide our candidates with an extremely useful guidance document which breaks down and clearly explains exactly what is required in each section of the document.

How long does it take to become a commercial drone pilot?2018-04-06T22:58:59+00:00

There is no real timescale, the theoretical element is taken at your own pace followed by a two day course and assessment. Theoretically, the course could be completed in as little as a week. However, there is a waiting time for the Civil Aviation Authority to issue for Permission for Commercial Work which is required before you can operate of around 28 days.

How do I apply for my Pfco?2018-04-06T22:59:06+00:00

You will need to fill in the Civil Aviation Authority form called SRG1320 and send it along with an operations manual, recommendations from EADA (your NQE) as proof of competence, proof of currency (2 hours flight time in the last 3 months) and the application fee directly to the CAA.

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Are there any hidden costs?2018-04-06T22:59:14+00:00

No, there are no hidden fees for the BRO course. What you see is what you get.

We do offer additional services that you can utilise if needed, such as drone hire for flight assessments (this is for anyone that hasn’t yet decided on what equipment will be best for their organisational requirements)

There are no nasty surprises waiting for you, the price you see advertised is the price you pay.

The CAA’s prices can be found on their website. This covers submissions, renewals etc.

What is the largest drone I can fly?2018-04-06T22:59:20+00:00

Drones are classified by weight. There are 4 categories:

  • 0-7 kg
  • 7-20 kg
  • 20-150 kg
  • 150 kg and above

Over 20 kg requires additional certification

What experience do I need to book onto the flying practical skills element of the course?2018-04-06T22:59:28+00:00

No skills are required, however the better your initial skill level is, the more you will get out of the course. The Civil Aviation Authority required a minimum of 2 hours flight time in the last 3 months.

I don’t have a drone, do I need one to start the course?2018-04-06T22:56:42+00:00

No. The theoretical and operation manual elements can be completed before hand and you can even hire one of our aircraft during the practical training and assessment stage. However, it makes more sense to practice and qualify on your own aircraft as each drone has its own unique features and characteristics.

If you have no previous experience at flying a drone at all beforehand, we would strongly advise you obtain some form of help or tuition to avoid picking up ‘Bad Habits’ from the start. Flight training can be booked through the EADA to help get you off the ground safely.

What if the weather is bad on my test day?2018-04-06T22:59:40+00:00

Unfortunately we cannot control the weather yet, (we are working on it) but you can re-book onto another suitable flight assessment at no additional cost.

Why is the BRO ground school course only one day?2018-04-06T22:59:49+00:00

The European Advanced Drone Academy offer the BRO course to satisfy the competency requirements when applying for a Permission for Commercial Operations from the Civil Aviation Authority. Our BRO course differs from the majority of other NQE’s in format, this allows for a greater element of ‘home learning’. Consequently, this means that the ground school element can be reduced down to just one day which reduces the need for expensive hotel bookings. For more information about the BRO course, please visit the BRO Course Page or call us on 03301 132 751

Can I fly a drone without getting my PfCO from the CAA?2018-04-06T22:59:56+00:00

Anyone is permitted to fly Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) for hobby purposes without a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO). The term RPAS covers any aircraft whether it be fixed wing, traditional helicopter or multi-rotor configuration. However, if you intend to operate these aircraft commercially then you will need a PfCO. In all situations, it is strongly recommended that adequate insurance is obtained.

What if I fail my test?2018-04-06T23:00:06+00:00

Don’t worry! You will receive detailed feedback about exactly what areas you need to work on to improve your knowledge and skills and increase your chances of obtaining a sucessfull outcome.

EADA offer one free theory examination and practical assessment so it takes the pressure off knowing you can resit the exams if needed.

What if I purchase another aircraft?2018-04-06T23:00:15+00:00

Providing that the new aircraft is in the same weight, type and operational category as the aircraft you already have a licence to operate then you can simply complete the following:

  • Add the aircraft details and serial number to your current Operations Manual
  • Advise your commercial insurance provider
  • Advise European Advanced Drone Academy of the addition


If you purchase another aircraft which is not covered by your PfCO certificate,  you must complete the following:

  • Advise European Advanced Drone Academy of the addition
  • Advise your commercial insurance provider
  • Book a practical assessment to be conducted with that aircraft and all pilots who require the licence category
  • Add the aircraft details and serial number to your current Operations Manual
  • Advise the Civil Aviation Authority about the addition to your fleet and provide (EADA can help with this)
What is a PfCO?2018-04-06T23:00:22+00:00

A PfCO or Permission for Commercial Operations is a certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Authority which is required to operate a drone commercially in UK airspace. Until August 2016 this was known as a Permission for Aerial Work or PfAW.

What is a Commercial Operation?2018-04-06T23:00:27+00:00

A Commercial Operation is any operation of an aircraft other than for public transport which is available to the public. Operations performed under a contract between an operator and customer in return for remuneration or other valuable consideration is also considered as a Commercial Operation.


What is a Permission For Commercial Operations?2018-04-06T23:00:33+00:00

A Permission For Commercial Operations (PFCO) is a licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) which is required by anyone who wishes to operate an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for the purposes of Commercial Work. All operators are required to be aged eighteen or over.


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