Can I fly at night time as a commercial drone pilot?

No  -  As the beauty of city lights grow when it gets dark, so do the risks. The CAA classifies 'night' as 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise. Fly ICARUS delivers specialist training for operators who wish to fly their drone at night for commercial projects.

If you already have your PfCO, you can fly commercially within those time periods - 30 minutes of darkness, whereas if you have your night approval you can fly at any time of the night. 

Delivered by former military helicopter pilots with over 3000 manned flying hours and 500 UAV flying hours, the ICARUS Night Course scrutinises safety to ensure minimal risk in limited or no light. 

The course covers:

Air law.
Human factors - including crew fatigue, location, conditions and even how eye anatomy affects operation.
Operational processes to follow and special precautions to take to ensure safe and legal operation.
Setting up the drone for flying correctly at night.
Testing on a very realistic simulator, to save you waiting around for sunset.

Once you have completed your one day Night Approval Course you can add this certification to your license. If you do a Night Course with your first CAA Submission it is free, whereas, if it is separate to your application you will need to pay a fee of £57. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this and if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to drop us a call on 01491 526 700 / 0845 450 9300.

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