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A2 CofC vs GVC - What's the difference?

See how the A2 CofC and the GVC compare with this table

 

A2 CofC

GVC

Training Requirements
  • Theoretical learning
  • 6+ hours of E-Learning
  • 30 Question theoretical examination
    • 75 minutes to complete
  • Self-guided practical flight training
  • Theoretical learning
  • 9+ hours of E-Learning
  • 40 Question theoretical examination
    • 60 minutes to complete
  • Practical Flight Examination assessed by the RAE
  • Operations Manual
CAA fees
  • £0
  • Initial application for Operational Authorisation: £253
  • Annual renewal of Operational Authorisation: £190
UAVHUB course cost
  • £99 inc. VAT
  • £349 inc. VAT
Permitted Drones
  • A1 Transitional (until 1st January 2023)
    • 'Legacy' Aircraft between 250g - 500g flying weight
  • A2 Transitional (until 1st January 2023)
    • 'Legacy' Aircraft between 500g - 2kg flying weight
  • C2 Aircraft
  • All Aircraft between 0 - 25kg
Use for Commercial Gain
  • Yes
  • Yes
Validity
  • 5 years
  • 5 years
Valid from
  • Today
  • Today
Pros
  • No additional costs
  • No Operations Manual
  • No yearly renewals
  • No Flight Assessment
  • Reduced separation distances
    • A1 Transitional: No intentional overflight of uninvolved people
    • A2 Transitional: 50 metres from uninvolved people
    • C2 Aircraft: 30 metres from uninvolved people in normal speed mode
      • 5 metres from uninvolved people in a low-speed mode
  • Bolt-on modules (when available)
  • Fly any aircraft between 0-25kg beyond 1st January 2023 in Congested areas
  • Widely recognised qualification
  • Suitable for people flying larger and heavier aircraft
  • Overflight of uninvolved people
Cons
  • Limited to 'small' drones
  • No overflight over of uninvolved people

  • Requires yearly renewals with the CAA
  • Requires maintaining an Operations Manual
  • Audited by the CAA
  • Longer training pathway
Who's it suited for?
  • People who fly 'small and light' aircraft
  • Wedding photographers
  • Housing roof inspectors
  • Small corporate video production
  • Hobbyists who want more freedom to operate 'closer' to people
  • People with 'large and heavy' aircraft
  • Professional Drone Pilots
  • High-End Film Productions
  • Industrial Inspections
  • Land Surveyors
  • People who need to fly 'over' people