GVC Course

General Visual Line of Sight Certificate

The General Visual Line of Sight Certificate

Obtain your GVC (General Visual Line of Sight Certificate) so you can fly lawfully in the UK specific category by obtaining an Operational Authorisation from the Civil Aviation Authority.


The GVC & Operational Authorisation are crucial for those flight operations using larger drones such as ones from the DJI Matrice & Inspire Series, or for those more complex flights.

Online Presenter

Former CAA Drone Sector Lead, Andrew Hamilton

Our online GVC theory course is presented by Andrew Hamilton. Andrew was the UAS Lead for the Civil Aviation Authority, overseeing all aspects of drone use in UK airspace.

 

Prior to Joining the CAA, Andrew developed and led the first UK Policing drone team, pioneering how they benefit policing every day.

Want to know how our online courses work? 👇

01

Access our Student Learning Hub to start your course

Your online learning experience will be via our Student Learning Hub, this can be accessed here

02

Online learning with instructors presenting via video

Our presenters will guide you through the course material with our interactive videos

03

Optional free video calls with our instructors

Have any questions? Video calls with our presenters are free with your course!

04

Following your theory exam, build your Operations Manual

Using our templates, we will help you build a bespoke Operations Manual that’s designed around your specific requirements

05

Practical Flight Examination at one of our locations

Join us at one of our locations across the UK where we will ask you to complete a variety of manoeuvres and procedures

06

Submit your application to the CAA

With our support, apply for your Operational Authorisation from the Civil Aviation Authority!

Course Material

GVC
Unit 1
Air Law and Responsibilities

You will learn about all the relevant UK Legislation and EU UAS Implementing Regulations connected to using a drone in UK airspace, including who to notify if things go wrong.

 

Unit 2
UAS Airspace Operating Principles

As you may be flying your drone in any area of UK airspace, we take you through how it is structured and what you need to do to fly in restricted and controlled airspace, such as near airports & aerodromes.

Unit 3
Airmanship and Aviation Safety

When flying a drone, you need to be able to ensure you pilot it safely at all times. This can sometimes be within complex areas of airspace with other manned aircraft flying close to ground level. We help you understand what you need to do to keep every flight safe. 

Unit 4
Human Performance Limitations

We take a look at what factors might affect your ability to safely pilot a drone and how other crew members, such as spotters and payload operators, may be affected. 

 
Unit 5
Meteorology

In this unit you will learn everything you need to know about weather conditions and how they may impact on your flights.

Unit 6
Navigation and Charts

When you are planning your flights, you need to be able to identify aviation and ground based hazards. This modules helps you understand how to utilise aviation & OS charts as well as information on relevant topics such as GPS.

Unit 7
UAS General Knowledge

To fly a drone safely you need to know how they work. We take you through the basics of flight, how drones work, key components and systems, batteries and how to maintain your drone(s).

Unit 8
Operator Responsibilities

To fly a drone safely you need to know how they work. We take you through the basics of flight, how drones work, key components and systems, batteries and how to maintain your drone(s).

Unit 9
Operating Procedures

In this final unit, we help you understand the need for procedures covering every stage of your flights from pre-planning to post-flight. We provide you with checklists which can help you at every stage of a flight.

Get a free CAA ID card when completing your GVC Course!

PURCHASE

General Visual Line of Sight (GVC) Course

By Drone Masterclass

£499.99

£349.99

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We offer in-person courses at our Silverstone Office.

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