Flyby technology has extensive experience of military pilot training across all three armed services. Our instructors have all held senior posts withing military training organisations such as the Central Flying School and are all either A2 Qualified Flying Instructors or Qualified Weapons Instructors. All have been assessed as at least above average as pilots and as instructors. Flyby can tailor training to the customer need and starts by conducting an end-to-end training needs analysis. This is then distilled into a set of training system requirements based on the desired exit standards. Our in-house artists create wonderful briefs and graphical representations to enable students to visualise the point being made by the instructor.

Our courses are written to take a student with no previous flying experience and develop them through a training pipeline into a highly skilled and effective UAV pilot.The initial course starts with a period of groundschool which equips the student with a background knowledge of meteorology, air law, technical understanding, operational discipline, processes and procedures before the flying phase begins. The basic course is equivalent to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) General Visual Line Of Sight Certificate (GVC). The pilot is then given one to one instruction of how to control a light UAV in challenging conditions, to perform planned manoeuvres and tasks as well as handling single but complex emergencies. The course culminates with a Flight Skills Test (FST) where the student demonstrates their skills and ability to apply what they have learned to a real-life situation.

Our Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Course is by necessity more complex and involved. The course starts with a 2-week period of groundschool and a simulator acquaint phase. All of the subjects covered in the GVC are re-visited but in much greater detail on the relevant topics. The student learns the basic operation of the platform in the simulator and learns the skills required to work as a team operating one aircraft with another pilot and external agencies. The pilot is then shown how to fly the aircraft in the visual arena with a hand controller and taken to the difficult corners of the operational envelope under the supervision of an experienced instructor. Once the student has demonstrated the necessary skills and confidence they are taught to operate the aircraft through the Ground Control Station (GCS) to develop faith in the systems needed to fly a high-mass UAV over the visual horizon. Once the student has mastered the flying and navigating of the aircraft they are moved on to the operational phases. These are customer specific and in some cases role specific. In all cases these extra courses are provided to meet the operation need within which the student will need to be proficient and highly effective.

James Keown

Thales Business Development Manager

It is breaking the barriers in showing what is possible by employing existing technology. And to show people, to demonstrate visually, that we can use lightweight precision weapons from this latest generation of, let’s call it a tactical platform, where we can have, perhaps, two rounds and we can exploit all the benefits of LMM as precise. It has a good range, you know, it’s like two to 6km, and can be used against a variety of high-value threats.

Jon Parker

Flyby Technology CEO

you want to win you have to be a step ahead and everybody else is racing ahead and we need to be able to either catch up or overtake. Jackal is the start of that process. Up until now, drones have been used in a very light tactical way or as a big standoff surveillance platform and reconnaissance platform, sometimes with missiles on them to do small interventions on roads in Afghanistan and things like that.


Courageous and determined military leaders have one noble mission: to protect the people of their nation from threats and ensure their safety. Flyby can offer our expertise to help our friends be on the winning side.

Our consultancy services in the field of drone design and operations, including combat UAVs, encompass a wide range of aspects including compliance and regulatory approvals, as well as doctrine and tactics for military and government agencies. With the rapid advancement of drone technology, it has become crucial for organisations to navigate the complex legal and regulatory landscape surrounding drone operations.

We ensure that our customers are equipped to adhere to compliance and regulatory requirements, such as airspace restrictions, licensing, and technical solutions. We provide guidance on obtaining necessary permissions, certifications and insurance coverage, and accompany you on that journey. We assist in developing comprehensive doctrine, training and tactics for effective drone employment in combat scenarios. thereby enhancing operational efficiency and ensuring mission success.

Working with us will help you mitigate risks and optimise the performance of technology and personnel. Our guidance will enable you to stay at the forefront of technological advancements while ensuring compliance with regulatory frameworks, ultimately enhancing the effectiveness and safety of combat UAV operations.

Drone and training system design for military and government operations involves the comprehensive development of aircraft and training programmes. Designing the aircraft entails creating robust and versatile platforms, optimised for specific operational requirements. This includes considering factors such as payload capacity, endurance, range, maintainability and reliability. Simultaneously, the training system is designed to ensure pilots receive the necessary skills and knowledge to operate the aircraft effectively and safely.

Our experts develop tailored training programs that encompass GVC, BVLOS, and core mission training and examining. They create detailed documentation and technical manuals that cover all aspects of the aircraft, including its systems, maintenance procedures, operational processes, and emergency response guidelines. These resources provide pilots and maintenance personnel with the necessary information to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot problems the aircraft encounters effectively.

The process always includes full support from Flyby Technology on your journey.

This integrated support ensures that military and government entities can leverage the full potential of drones while adhering to regulations, optimising their operational capabilities, and achieving mission success.

Specialist drone pilot training for military and government operations plays a pivotal role in maximising the capabilities of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in various scenarios. This training encompasses a range of components, including General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC) and Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations, as well as mission-specific training.

GVC training equips all drone pilots with the necessary skills to operate UAVs within visual line of sight, following established processes and regulations. This training emphasises safe and efficient flying, understanding airspace restrictions, and complying with the complex but relevant laws.

BVLOS training is essential for expanding the operational range of drones, enabling pilots to fly beyond the visual horizon. Pilots gain expertise in utilising advanced technologies, such as sense-and-avoid systems and long-range secure communications, to ensure safe and effective BVLOS operations.

Mission-specific training focuses on tailoring drone operations to meet your objectives, such as reconnaissance, surveillance, or target acquisition. Pilots are trained in tactical manoeuvres, mission planning, data capture and analysis, and payload utilisation, optimising the drone’s role in military and government operations.

Working with Flyby Technology in specialised drone pilot training, military and government organisations can harness the full potential of UAVs, enhancing situational awareness, operational efficiency, and mission success.

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