The GVC is the route to an Operational Authorisation to operate within the Specific Category. The Operational Authorisation allows the pilot who holds it to operate against their operations manual and allows pilots to fly up to 25kg drones.  


When do you need a GVC?  

A common question we get asked as under the new UAS regulations that came into effect on the 31st December 2020 brought a selection of new qualifications like the A2 CofC (Certificate of Competency) and the GVC (General “VLOS” Certificate) to the table.  

If you fly larger drones and can’t do that within the scope of the Open category then the GVC is a great way to remove those issues by allowing you to apply for authorisation to operate in the Specific category removing issues around aircraft weights and CE classifications on drones up to 25kg and more if applying for a specific permission.  


In most cases you end up with PDRA-01 which shows a set of specific limitations and conditions that you can operate within under that authorisation, which allows a great deal of flexibility when used in conjunction with our Free A2 CofC course for smaller drones when you need to get closer.