1. UAVHub Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
  2. The GVC (General Visual Line of Sight Certificate)

What is the difference between a PfCO Course and a GVC drone course?

The PfCO is a legacy qualification that from 1st July 2020 is being replaced by the GVC drone course

From 1st July 2020, the CAA will no longer issue the Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO), they will only issue an Operational Authorisation if you have done a General VLOS Certificate Drone Course (GVC).

If you have done a GVC drone course you will be granted an Operational Authorisation with similar permissions currently granted to legacy PfCO holders, however, you will be able to attend 'bolt-on' courses which will enable you to get other permissions granted, such as Extended Visual Line of Sight.


If you wish to book onto a GVC Drone Course click here.


What happens if I already hold a PfCO / Standard Permissions?

If you already hold a PfCO / Standard Permission then our best advice, for the time being, is to keep renewing this. If you accidentally forget to renew your PfCO, the CAA will not accept a new application and you will have to do a GVC drone course with an RAE.

Don't forget you can renew your PfCO / Standard Permissions up to 90 days before the expiry date, so be sure to put this into your diary and get it renewed early!

If you let your legacy PfCO expire you will no longer be able to apply for a new Operational Authorisation. You will be required to do a new GVC Drone Course or you can attend our PfCO to GVC conversion course.

You'll need to make sure that your Operations Manual is kept up-to-date. If you'd like help with making sure that your Drone Operations Manual is always up-to-date, why not subscribe to the HUBSUB? The HUBSUB is our monthly subscription for keeping your Operations Manual always up-to-date and takes the hassle of updates out of your hands so you can focus on your drone operations.

Click here to find out more about the HUBSUB.

If you wish to convert over to a GVC qualification so you can do 'Bolt-on we have a PFCO to GVC Conversion course.