Drone Training – Our Journey with Aerial Motion Pictures


Its been quite a journey for us as a company, originally setup in late 2016 as Cambridge Aerial Imaging after seeing a gap in the market for Visual Surveying using Drones/UAV’s. We initially investigated what training we  needed to enable us to operate legally within the industry, and quickly discovered we needed certification from the CAA. After researching online we discovered only a few NQE’s delivering the training we needed. We ended up talking with a company called Aerial Motion Pictures, Which had been setup by Matt Williams, a formed RAF helicopter pilot and quickly gained confidence in their approach to training and support for their students.

We travelled to one of their offices/training centres at Howbery Park, Wallingford in Oxfordshire and started what was then a three days training program compiled of two days classroom based learning, and a half day revision and exam paper. After this each candidate must then come back and be assessed by one of their flight instructors who will observe you carrying out a series of manoeuvres with your drone and also a few situations that test the pilots ability to react safely and promptly bringing the drone either down to land or hover in a pre defined position.

Once you have passed all the training and flight assessments you then need to submit a operations manual, which defines how you will operate safely and within the law when you are flying drones. AMP helped us with this and our submission to the CAA for our Permit For Commercial Operations(PfCO). It was then a waiting game to receive our licence which took around 6 weeks. We are still in contact with Matt and his team regularly as their after training support is second to none within the industry, and have since been back for more training with them to gain our night operations certification. Here is a link to their training at Fly Icarus CAA PfCO.

To summarise, our journey with AMP has been amazing and we are very pleased to still work within the industry that is truly diverse and at times very demanding. We have had our work published in newspapers and magazines and some of our videos have been used for major TV branding and promotional purposes.

Simon Peck,

Director at Elite Aerial Imaging


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