PfCO – Permission for Commercial Operation
Did you know that for any commercial drone work, the company or person has to have a PfCO?
What is a PfCO? A PfCO is a Permission for Commercial Operation and can only be granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. A commercial operation is defined as:
‘flight by a small unmanned aircraft except a flight for public transport, or any operation of any other aircraft except an operation for public transport;
- which is available to the public;
- which, when not made available to the public,
in the case of a flight by a small unmanned aircraft, is performed under a contract between the SUA operator and a customer, where the latter has no control over the remote pilot
orin any other case, is performed under a contract between an operator and a customer, where the latter has no control over the operator,
in return for remuneration or other valuable consideration.
The key elements in understanding this term are ‘…any flight by a small unmanned aircraft…in return for remuneration or other valuable consideration’.
The term ‘available to the public’ should be interpreted as being a service or commodity that any member of the public can make use of, or actively choose to use, (e.g. because it has been advertised or offered to someone).
Examples showing how commercial operations are defined are available in the CAA’s guidance for small drone operators.