Certificate of Competency: Practical

An achievement scheme to build your RC flying know-how

The FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical is a practical achievement for members who want to improve their practical know-how and flying skills. To achieve the certificate, the member must be able to safely and competently prepare and fly their aircraft through a number or prescribed manoeuvres.

Members can achieve the Certificate of Competency: Practical through their own individual practice, with or without help from a local mentor, followed by an assessment with an FPV UK examiner. Or they can attend a training course with an FPV UK approved training organisation.

Member/ examiner guidance is available here.

When completed, the member’s membership certificate and membership card will show that they have achieved the Certificate of Competency: Practical.

If you know your stuff and you would like to give something back to the community please become an FPV UK mentor or become an FPV UK examiner

If you represent a training provider and you would like to offer this training course please get in touch here.

Regional FPV UK Mentors and Examiners

Maritime Filming

In addition to his amazing maritime drone filming work on the south coast, Maritime Filming’s lead pilot Alex teaches the FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical in the Southampton/ Winchester area.

Alex may also be able to travel to you by request.

Area: Southampton/ Winchester
Service: Mentor, Training Provider, Examiner

Bruce Pulman

Bruce enjoys flying a Bugs5W and DJI Mavic Air drone for fun, and has flown experimental drones that he could tell you about, but then he’d have to kill you!

He is happy to help those preparing for their FPV UK Certificate of Comptency: Practical as a mentor in the Southampton area.

Area: Southampton
Service: Mentor

Ben AKA WingyThingsFPV

Ben has tons of experience of flying and building quadcopters and FPV wings. He spends most weekends flying with a group in the Chichester area and is happy to mentor members who are training towards their FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical.

Area: Chichester
Service: Mentor

John Hudson

John has been a qualified full size flying instructor and examiner for more than 30 years. He is also an Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO) and has run CAA courses on radiotelephone aviation law, navigation etc. John has been flying drones for the last twelve years and is keen to help keep the hobby alive as an examiner for the FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical. John is happy to travel to you within Sussex (with reimbursement of his fuel costs).

Area: Worthing/ Sussex
Service: Examiner

Sheldon Holy

Sheldon is available as an examiner for your Certificate of Competency: Practical in the Brighton area.

Area: Brighton
Service: Examiner

James Phipps

James is available as a mentor and examiner for those taking their FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical in the South London area.

Area: South London
Service: Mentor, Examiner

Steve Moores

Steve has flown all-manner of RC aircraft and vehicles since the age of 8 and has been a club examiner and instructor. Steve has built and flown a multitude of quad and hexacopters over the last 7-8 years and currently has a Pixhawk powered Tarot 680 pro Hex, around five 450 size Quads all running APM, a selection of toy quads and a DJI Mavic Pro that he’s flown for the last two years.

Steve can travel around the Kent and Medway area and may be able to offer an area in which to fly for tests if required.

Area: Kent and Medway
Service: Examiner

Chris Baker

Chris has been flying all types of radio control model aircraft for most of his life. He switched to drone flying in 2014.

Chris owns numerous DJI drones which he flies for his passion of photography. He has plenty of experience teaching aircraft safety and teaching people to fly a variety of drones one to one.

Chris is available to mentor or examine those doing their FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical in East Anglia and is prepared to travel with reimbursement of fuel costs.

Area: East Anglia
Service: Mentor, Examiner

Brian Barnes

Brian has been building and flying RC models for over fifty years, including building and flying quadcopters and octocopters for the last seven years.

He has previously been a club instructor, and club chairman and built and flew several large scale aircraft demonstrations at large displays up and down the county (including a 1/4 scale Lancaster)!

He is now available as a mentor and examiner for the FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical course in the West Wales area.

Area: Pembrokeshire, West Wales
Service: Mentor, Examiner

Neil Jones AKA NJ Tech on Youtube and co-host on LDO

Neil has been flying RC since the age of eight! Predominantly helicopters originally and by the age of 14 he was flying 3D and teaching via buddy-box at his local club! He then got into multi-rotors about seven years ago. On his Youtube channel ‘NJ Tech’, Neil has put out countless technical videos helping pilots understand all things FPV multirotor.

He has helped many people get in the air, from technical solutions to practical technique. And it’s probably no surprise that Neil is very patient with those struggling to learn. Neil is available as a mentor or examiner for those taking their FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical in the Bedford area.

Area: Bedford
Service: Mentor, Examiner

Neil Johnson

Neil is based in South Wales and is happy to sign you off for your FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical examination.

Area: Ammanford, South Wales
Service: Examiner

Geraint Williams

Geraint is based in North Wales and is happy to sign you off for your FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical examination.

Area: Anglesey, North Wales
Service: Examiner

Lance Njoroge

Lance is one of the original members of FPV UK from 2009. He has been flying RC, IC and Electric helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and multicopters; both LOS and FPV for over 50 years in total.

Lance founded an RC Helicopter Club primarily aimed at providing training for dedicated beginners and has passed both the BMFA ‘A’ Helicopter and PfCO certificates. He now mostly flies the DJI Inspire 2 and DJI Mavic Pro drones.

Lance is available for mentoring or examination towards the FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical course in the Northants area.

Area: Northants
Service: Mentor, Examiner

Chris Fielding

Chris has been flying DJI drones since 2016 in the UK and Europe as a keen hobbyist and photographer.

He is available for mentoring those new to drone flying and more experienced pilots in preparing for and taking their Certificate of Competency:Practical. Chris is experienced in training and mentoring in a number of different disciplines and is able to deliver this with a patient, encouraging and inspiring approach.

Chris is willing to travel in the Yorkshire and Humberside areas with reimbursement of travel costs.

Area: Yorkshire, Humberside
Service: Mentor, Examiner

Rich Kavanagh

Rich has been flying drones since 2016. He currently owns a DJI Inspire with purpose built Ground Station, a DJI Mavic Pro, Mavic Mini and a Spark.

He instantly caught the flying and aerial photography bugs and then got heavily involved in modifying and customising DJI drones. This special interest and knowledge led him to found the Grey Arrows Drone Club in 2017 as there was a gap for flyers with an interest in photography and cinematography. From there he went on to start Drone Scene, the only fully interactive map of recommended places to fly your drone, complete with live FRZ and ground-data overlays from Altitude Angel.

Rich is based in Lancashire and is happy to cover most of the county for FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical examinations.

Area: Lancashire
Service: Examiner

Mark Dale

Mark began building and flying model aircraft when he was a boy. He was co-founder and Director of FirstPersonView.co.uk and Drone Doctor between 2008 and 2018. During this time Mark built, flew and repaired more FPV, drones and radio control aircraft than you can shake a stick at!

He is available for training, mentoring and examinations for the FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical in York.

Area: York
Service: Mentor, Examiner

Steve Farrow

Steve is based in Redcar and is available as a mentor or examiner for your FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical.

Area: Redcar, Cleveland
Service: Mentor, Examiner

Callum Greig

Callum is based in Ayrshire, Scotland and has been flying radio control for about ten years. He mostly flies DJI quads.

Callum is available as an examiner for those taking their FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical in the Ayrshire area.

Area: Ayrshire, Scotland
Service: Examiner

Richard Tait

Richard is based in Glasgow and is available as a mentor or examiner for your FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical.

Area: Glasgow
Service: Mentor, Examiner

Graham Lawrie

Graham has been building and flying mostly electric helicopters for ten years, from Align 600 down to 150 size. He has also been building and flying drones and FPV quads for the last 5 years. Graham also flies his DJI Phantom & Mavic Pro for photography and filming.

Graham is a moderator on RC-hangout.com, a website set up for people all over the world to help like minded enthusiasts with all things RC related from boats, cars, helicopters and drones. And he’s available to act as an examiner for your FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical exam in the Fort William and Glencoe area of Scotland.

Area: Kinlochleven, Near Fort William and Glencoe
Service: Examiner

John Dollemore-Hunt

John is a retired Airline Captain with extensive experience of flight instruction across the board.

John has a passion for anything that flies and that includes unmanned aircraft. He has 35 acres of open land available for training and exam flights near Lybster, Caithness in the North of Scotland and can offer mentoring, training, and examinations for your FPV UK Certificate of Competency: Practical.

Area: Lybster, Caithness, Scotland
Service: Mentor, Examiner

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